Chino Shares His Photos and Thoughts on Steve Powers' Love Letter To Brooklyn
Steve Powers’ ambitious projects in Ireland, Philadelphia, and Syracuse brought the words and ideas from the local communities to larger-than-life scale, painted in the style of traditional signage. In his latest project, Love Letter To Brooklyn, he found his inspiration in the life story of graffiti writer, author, and 12ozProphet blogger Chino, who grew up blocks away from where the murals were painted.
Chino shares his photos and thoughts on Steve Powers’ Love Letter To Brooklyn:
The conversation about a Love Letter to Brooklyn began in 2010. Steve is an old friend. I have followed his work since the days of On The Go. I’m a fan of the work he produced with the Philadelphia and Syracuse Love Letter projects, so needless to say I was excited to hear a Love Letter to Brooklyn was in the works.
The Fulton Mall is a short walk away from where I grew up in Fort Greene. Downtown Brooklyn has served as the backdrop for many enduring memories. The words that decorate the Macy’s parking garage were inspired by conversations about Brooklyn, between Steve and I. The mural begins on Hoyt Street and wraps around the block to Livingston and Elm with the last bit of the mural facing Fulton Street. I have a deep-rooted connection to the work, the location and the borough of Brooklyn. I am humbled, proud and thankful for the opportunity. BIG thanks to Joe Chan with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Andrew Peerless and Jamestown Properties and Macys for making this all possible. An extra special thank you to the team at ICY signs and Steve Powers for the wonderful service he has provided for the place I call home.
Text and Photo: Chino