PHOTO: ‘The Day After’ Mural in Memory of Tony Goldman

A few weeks ago, I learned of Tony Goldman‘s death while walking pass the famed Bowery/Houston mural wall owned by the real estate visionary and street art advocate. I was saddened by the news, but uplifted as my eyes marveled at an intricately stylized mural dedicated in Goldman’s memory by identical twins How and Nosm (Raoul and David Perre). I hadn’t been in the neighborhood for a while, and the wall resonates on multiple levels post-Hurricane Sandy, paying tribute to a “city recovering from a crippling storm and to the memory of the neighborhood guy who turned this wall into an institution, Tony Goldman.”

Who knows what the future holds for this site, but I am thankful for its impact on so many people over the years. Photos from 1982 capture Keith Haring on a ladder painting the first major graffiti mural at the Bowery/Houston Street wall. Other artists have followed with signature pieces such as Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Barry McGee and street art collective, FAILE (Lady AIKO is a founding member).

Recommended:

NY Times obit on Tony Goldman: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/nyregion/tony-goldman-real-estate-visionary-dies-at-68.html

Martha Cooper blog on How and Nosm’s mural: http://www.12ozprophet.com/martha_cooper/entry/how-nosms-houston-street-tribute-to-tony-goldman/

How and Nosm’s ‘Storm Predictions’: http://papermonster.net/item.php?item=208

Street art experts Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington on mural: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaime-rojo-steven-harrington/how-nosm-not-ready-for-po_b_2080503.html

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