Images of the Week 10.30.11


Friday was a sunny clear October day and the Faile Duo returned to the Houston Wall to complete their installation, a continual layering of the images and visual vocabulary they have developed into a language. Aided by a handful of assistants, they set out to fill in by hand painting the missing details on the hand painted and wheat pasted panels that they put up on Wednesday. It took them a month to hand paint all those panels at their studio. When that was completed they proceeded to add smaller pieces that were hand painted s well and silk screened.

Passing tourists stopped to take photos and admire the wall and ask questions while more industrious New Yorkers could only afford to take a quick glance and continue their brisk pace toward an important meeting or to the hair salon or the gym. Other Street Artists like Futura, JR and Kenny Scharf stopped by to say hello to the Faile fellas — adding to the small town feeling, one of the Patricks helped a lost mother navigate on her iPhone, as she and her child in tow taken a wrong turn. Sometimes New York feels like a quiet place, even as the traffic roars by.

Our interview with the street this week is with Brooklyn Street Art Collective, Faile.

Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. A studio assistant helps with hand touch ups on the printed wheat pastes. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. Patrick O’Neill adds some yellow.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. Patrick McNeill does some clarifying (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Young fans capture the brand new piece by Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. Getting the wheat paste ready to apply hand painted and silk screened additions. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. Quality of life seal.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. Keeping an eye (or rather, a foot) on the mock up.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. Photographer Martha Cooper (wearing Obama on her hood) is joined by an enthusiastic Faile fan.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The NYPD provided some live action drama with Faile as a backdrop. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A brand new prayer wheel appears. Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tricky Dick Nixon down at the bottom. Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A slice of Mao in the new piece by Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The sudden Nor’easter cleaned off the sidewalk and streets, leaving Faile to shine. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A poppy green umbrella seems to fit perfectly in the new mural. Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile. (photo © Jaime Rojo)