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These are bookends made with bricks from recently torn down brownstones that I had previously graffiti(ed?) in and around Toronto.
Painting a building is a challenge (as you know) but getting the bricks while a brownstone is being torn down is even more difficult. Construction sites are monitored and the timing is tricky. I usually have a window of two days from the shovel showing up to the last truck leaving. So finding a few bricks in great shape that has fragments of my work on them without getting caught is quite the task.
They are cleaned, coated with matte varnish and finished with a silk-screened wool footing inscribed with the year the graffiti was painted and where the brownstone once stood.
© Bates & 12ozProphet - Saturday November 27, 2010