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Street Art of Brooklyn, Part II: The Bushwick Collective

April 1, 2014

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

It’s been plenty of time since my last Brooklyn street art post, don’t you think? This second feature on the Bushwick Collective has my husband Andy’s photos, and focus mostly on scale. With such enormous canvases as multi-story city buildings, these talented street artists are able to paint as large or small as their imagination takes them.

This goat piece is among my top 5 favorites:

Brooklyn Street Art Part II - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Some pieces I like just for how colorful they are:

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Another favorite.

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Some are fun and campy:

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

This one even incorporated fabric art!

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

And the largest ones:

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Gee, wait to make a girl feel even shorter!

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

And walking around the corner, the peace sign from another perspective:

Brooklyn Street Art Part II: The Bushwick Collective - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I’d love to hear what your favorites are! Street art is one of those mediums that reaches so many people, simply by virtue of its accessibility. I understand how some people might have issue with graffiti on historic buildings, but the building and business owners here in Bushwick are all in on the project. It benefits everyone by making Bushwick an arts attraction in its own right and drawing in visitors that otherwise wouldn’t have been there.

Thank you to curator Joe Ficalora and all the street artists who have contributed to the Bushwick Collective: you’ve made a gray and brown corner of Brooklyn a much more cheerful place.

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Today is the first day of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! I’ve never done a blog every day challenge before, so I’m approaching this with some trepidation. Thanks to Kate at Another Clean Slate for the inspiration. My theme for day one was Art πŸ™‚ Stay tuned for a B post tomorrow!

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  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey April 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I went to Berlin when I was in college and we did a graffiti tour. It was FASCINATING! I absolutely love street art, but I never take the time to look at it over here in my own country!
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    • Christy April 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Oh yes, Berlin was my first street art post! That’s where I fell in love with it πŸ™‚ And I love the title of your recent post, by the way- I’ll be over to read it soon!

  • Deb Rothaug April 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Woo hoo! Love these improvements to the gray-ish environment there, and congrats on your first Post of April! It’s beautiful to see, and today is a beautiful day, planting seeds of hope.

    • Christy April 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Eep, thanks! I hope I can keep up the challenge.

  • Sue April 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I love the Tony Soprano one and the one with cherries and a lion’s head. I just love the idea of an artist’s vision and what it becomes on such a large canvas.

    • Christy April 1, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Yeah, isn’t the Tony Soprano one awesome? And amen to your last sentence.

  • Andrea Yancey Reyes April 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Wow… just came across your blog from SITS and I bookmarked it! Your posts are beautiful and I LOVE this post about street art. As someone from the West Coast with zero Brooklyn experience, this is NOT the image i had in my head of NYC. Beautiful photos. Brooklyn now looks like a beautiful, vibrant place to live.
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    • Christy April 1, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Wow right back! You win comment of the week, Andrea! I appreciate your words so much- especially knowing that seeing this post gave you a different idea about Brooklyn, that’s so great. It really is possible to find beauty everywhere, I think, no matter how cheesy it sounds. Brooklyn has it’s gritty parts for sure, but what place doesn’t?
      Yay for SITS!

  • Tamara April 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    My favorite is the rainbow-like one. I always gravitate towards rainbows!

    • Christy April 1, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      I know what you mean- that one is just so cheery!

  • Conny April 2, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Wow, just wow!!! That is some amazing talent there!!!!

    • Christy April 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

      I know, isn’t it? So much talent in one spot!

  • Rhonda Albom April 2, 2014 at 3:45 am

    I was in Bushwick in August, a very random coincidence as I live on the other half of the world. I didn’t see this art, too bad. It is amazing. My favorite is the face sideways on the building about halfway through your collection. I did Berlin for my B, but these street art examples are much more interesting than what we saw.
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    • Christy April 2, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Haha, it’s funny I saw your post and I thought ‘I should have done this post for B instead of A!’, also I’m sure there’s so much more great street art in Berlin now, it’s been nearly ten years since I was there!

  • Alison April 2, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Wow, these are amazing! My favorite is the last one. Truly stunning.
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    • Christy April 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Yes, that last one is so sweet, isn’t it? I keep on trying to figure out what the words say, but I’m not having any luck.

  • Felicia April 2, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I absolutely love these photos and there’s no way I could pick just one as a favorite! I don’t think that I have ever actually been to Brooklyn, but the murals on the wall remind me a lot of Philly. I’ll have to take a trip after I get my new camera to take some pictures of my own! Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ™‚
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    • Christy April 2, 2014 at 8:51 am

      I need to add Philadelphia to my Great 2014 Northeast Tour list!
      Glad you like them so much, Felicia πŸ™‚

  • Peggy Gilbey McMackin April 2, 2014 at 8:48 am

    These are magnificent. I am always fascinated whenever I see these beautiful works of arts in cities. Many times I’ve viewed amazing wall-scapes and wondered who did it, when they did it, what type of artist they were. The whole concept was a brilliant idea and a source of inspiration and pleasure for countless many. Thanks for sharing.

    • Christy April 2, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Yes, me too, Peggy. I wish I had the artists’ names for each of these pieces, but fortunately I believe they are available on other blogs & sites that feature the Bushwick Collective. Glad you like them and thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Erika April 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Wow, that’s some amazing art! Ah, I love it when cities have a feeling to them, and something visually interesting to look at! I love all the colors, too!
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    • Christy April 5, 2014 at 11:39 am

      I know, I seriously loved wandering around this neighborhood.

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