How KATSU, BLADE, RIME and OS GEMEOS Rocked MOCA
This article was posted by Martha Cooper 2 years, 1 Month, 1 Day, 8 hours, 4 minutes ago.
Twilight, 7:29pm Sunday evening April 10, I’m headed back to my hotel after a day of shooting artists making last minute preparations for Art in the Streets at MOCA. The much anticipated show will open in a few days. Whoa—fresh paint! Damn—in an incredibly daring maneuver, KATSU has just hit the side of the MOCA building in what would have been full view of any guards or passersby. A minute or two earlier and I would have caught him in the act. Note to Katsu—next time please give me a heads up. I’m a big fan of fire extinguisher tags. What follows is the resulting sequence of events requiring some quick creative thinking and improbably turning out just fine for all.
Oops--call in the troops!
They said they were going to power wash but it turned out to be manpower wash.
Next...This was supposed to be an Os Gemeos wall but the twins refused to go over KATSU--now what???
Os Gemeos was given the ticket booth in front of MOCA to paint instead.
They liked this better than the wall.
The booth had an empty cage on top--hmmm...possibilities...
Meanwhile ideas are floated for the KATSU wall. It's now Tuesday and the exhibit opens on Thursday. Freedom designs a tribute to BLADE.
It has characters and letters from BLADE's many subway pieces.
Work on the BLADE tribute wall begins by projecting Freedom's design and making an outline.
Work continues through the night.
RIME is called in from San Francisco at the last minute to paint it.
Meanwhile Os Gemeos starts building a miniature subway car from scratch. Big up to Home Depot.
They plan to put it on top of the ticket booth. Check out the Invader piece above.
REAS paints one side of the mini-subway.
It's moved to the ticket booth.
LEE takes a quick break from painting his huge mural and tags the front and back.
By coincidence BLADE arrives from New York just in time to paint a beautiful piece on the other side.
The mini-subway car is fork-lifted into position.
RIME finishes painting the BLADE tribute wall in record time.
Charlie Ahearn flicks BLADE
The beautiful, bright colored wall is a perfect photo backdrop.
The exhibit opens and everyone is happy. BLADE is honored, RIME is up, OS GEMEOS had fun, and KATSU's tag is on YouTube.
Security is a little tighter.
© Martha Cooper & 12ozProphet - Friday April 22, 2011