If you happen to be in New York, go visit the Coney Island Art Walls, an outdoor museum of street art featuring the work of 34 celebrated artists including legends such as Lady Pink, Crash, Daze, Futura and Kenny Scharf, as well as leading artists of the next generation: Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk, How and Nosm, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lauren Halsey, Skewville, Ron English, Jesse Edwards, Irak, Ben Eine, Lady Aiko, Buff Monster, Miss Van, Jason Woodside, eL Seeds, AVAF, Mister Cartoon, Jane Dickson, Marie Roberts, Greg Lamarche, Katsu, Retna, ROA, Kashink, Kaves, Lauren Halsey and Yok & Sheryo.
The outdoor mural project was presented by Thor Equities and curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Joseph Sitt. The 55,000-square-foot site, located on a formerly vacant lot in the center of Coney Island, debuted in May 2015 and has already drawn thousands of visitors to the outdoor gallery.
Coney Island has a long history of being the place for New Yorkers to go to escape city life, see the astonishing, or experience something new, if only for a day. Whether that experience came from seeing electric lights for the first time, watching a sideshow performer, or being jostled together with strangers on a ride, Coney Island has been a place to be exposed to the unexpected. These experiences were collectively shared, as spectacle, in a very public way—this is the magic of Coney. – Joseph Sitt+ +