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Lady Liberty and New Immigrants on the Street

Lady Liberty and New Immigrants on the Street

Statue of Liberty Inspires Street Artists in New York

The colossal creamy green neoclassical sculpture named Lady Liberty (Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi) has been greeting visitors and welcoming immigrants since it was erected in the middle of New York Harbor in the late 1800s and when Brooklyn was still a separate city from Manhattan.

As we approach Independence Day in the US (July 4th) we look at this beacon of liberty and freedom – and we’d like to add “hope” for those that seek a better life. In a country and a city of immigrants, New York is the true melting pot and it is on these streets that we all walk upon where it all still begins. “While there is no precise count, some experts believe New York is home to as many as 800 languages,” said the New York Times in an article about our native tongues, and 175 or so of those languages are what new immigrant children bring to our schools and play grounds and streets every day.

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LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While the president speaks again this week about making this country a fair place for immigrants who have added to our collective wealth as a diverse people, we look again to the words on the statue’s plaque that have welcomed the many for 120 years.

“Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

In New York at least, it is no surprise that Street Artists continue to draw inspiration from Lady Liberty and we mark this holiday week and weekend by sharing with you a few that have brought their interpretation to the streets.

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Tristan Eaton for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ever comedic Street Artist Dont Fret takes a current twist on the theme. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damien Mitchell holds an aerosol can where the torch usually is. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pí̱gasos  merges Marilyn Monroe with Lady Liberty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zed1 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Miss Me speaks here of the historical Americans, to whom the new arrivals looked like immigrants. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Images Of The Week: 10.13.13

Images Of The Week: 10.13.13

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Welcome! Now Go Home! That’s what Tony Carapachio at the corner deli used to say about all the foreigners moving into the neighborhood. Sounds like a lot of the comments being directed at Banksy by locals, although their voices are primarily drowned out by clicking iPhones.

The pie is big enough for everybody, and in a city where 176 languages are spoken by kids in our schools, we can probably handle new voices on the street. Our Banksy-related favorite development this week was the small pack of entrepreneurs who were selling access to his stencil on a wall in East New Yawk for $20 a pop. Nice! They’re not the first or the last who will endeavor to profit from his work.

Also this week came the definitive news that 5 Ptz in Queens will be razed in favor of a new condo development. It is privately owned and has transformed into a graffiti holy place over the last decade and a half, and while you could see the final outcome being something like this, many had held out hope that it would be preserved or saved by a rich Robin Hood sort of character – like Jay Z or even Banksy.

Tweet from @ajayjapan 11 Oct “I wish Banksy would save 5 Pointz while he’s in town. #banksytotherescue

and @xblaze23 11 Oct “It would be dope if Banksy did something at 5 Pointz considering the end is near. #banksyny

You may remember our photo essay from earlier in the summer about 5 Ptz.  The good news is that they say the new space will set aside 10,000 square feet for graffiti.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Case MaClaim, Christian Nagel, Dase, Dasic, Effy, El Sol 25, Ever, Seed, Tristan Eaton, Zed1.

Top image > Seed. 5ptz, Queens, NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zed1. Welling Court, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zed1. Welling Court, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Christian Nagel. 5ptz, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Effy. 5ptz, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dase. 5ptz, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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EVER (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tristan Eaton for L.I.S.A. Little Italy, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dasic and friends at 5ptz, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan, NY 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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