A Love Letter to the City

A Love Letter to the City

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Stretched across city walls and along rooftops, Stephen Powers's colorful large-scale murals sneak up on you. qOpen your eyes / I see the sunrise, q qIf you were here I'd be home, q qForever begins when you say yes.q What at first looks like nothing as much as an advertisement suddenly becomes something grander and more mysteriousa€”a hand-painted love letter at billboard size. Combining community activism and public art, Powers and his team of sign mechanics collaborate with a neighborhood's residents to create visual jinglesa€” sincere and often poignant affirmations and confessions that reflect the collective hopes and dreams of the host community. A Love Letter to the City gathers the artist's powerful public art project for the first time, including murals on the walls and rooftops of Brooklyn and Syracuse, New York; Philadelphia; Dublin and Belfast, Ireland; SApo Paolo, Brazil, and Johannesburg, South Africa.That was always the problem with graffiti. For all its efforts to communicate, most people dona#39;t understand it, and if people dona#39;t understand, they dona#39;t take ownership, and your name gets taken down like a campaign poster in December.

Title:A Love Letter to the City
Author:Stephen Powers
Publisher:Chronicle Books - 2014-05-27


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