A look back at graffiti mecca 5 Pointz

from the Artsology series The Arts Adventurer

It was November 2014 when graffiti mecca 5 Pointz went the way of the wrecking ball. If you're not familiar with the story, the beloved 200,000 square foot industrial complex which was covered with graffiti (below left) was torn down to make way for two enormous condominium towers which will rise 48 stories high when completed in 2017 (architect rendering, below right).

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A view of 5 Pointz as a graffiti mecca along with the high-rise condos that will replace it

I'm glad I had the chance to get out there once, way back in the fall of 2012, and spent the afternoon taking in all of the amazing graffiti. While I had the understanding that there were artists and perhaps musicians there with studios in various parts of the complex, everything I saw was on the outside - and there was plenty of it to keep me busy for a couple hours. I took hundreds of photos there, and considering that 5 Pointz is now gone, it's long been my intention to showcase as much of the great art here as possible. I have a short video here with some additional highlights from that trip to Long Island City and my exploration of 5 Pointz. Make sure to scroll down below the video to see more photographs of the art.

A view of frog graffiti at 5 Pointz

View of a frog mural at 5 Pointz

Here's a few more views of some of the graffiti murals at 5 Pointz, circa 2012:

A view of graffiti murals at 5 Pointz in Queens

True Fame graffiti mural at 5 Pointz

Two large graffiti murals at 5 Pointz

Graffiti mural behind some stairs at 5 Pointz

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