Emergency Mosaics on Poised Street Furniture, Street Art Networked by NYC History

When it comes to street art, both legal and illegal placement is key – as is utilizing the stage to maximize impact. Decommissioned fire box alarms are historic reminders of an earlier New York, oddly popping up on your path where you witness soulless architecture actively blands neighborhood rich with history and character.

Unidentified Artist. Welling Court, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Once tied directly into an emergency network that would bring firetrucks within minutes, many are now ornate buoys bobbing in the concrete ocean, anchored to a world that lies underneath all of this. With ceramic and glass tiles applied illegally to these century-old sculptures with firey flames atop, some artists seize the opportunity for an artfully framed display to capture your attention – embellishing this street furniture with a certain flair in multiple locations of a neighborhood.

Unidentified Artist. Welling Court, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Now reconnected to one another by art, these ornately handsome and slim towers offer an exhibition you will only discover by astute observation of these street features that have become invisible to most. Each is small and distinct; one piece of art of a larger street exhibit.