Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Love Letter to Syracuse

Sign painter and graffiti artist Stephen Powers is in Syracuse, New York painting gigantic slogans on the surfaces of three formerly rusty train bridges.

"A Love Letter to Syracuse" involves painting phrases that arose from conversations that Powers had as he and his crew went door to door and attended community meetings to ask people about the city. The project was conceived and facilitated in partnership with COLAB, an initiative by Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor with the goal of using public art to revitalize the city neighborhood and to reexamine the traditional relationship between university campuses and their surrounding neighborhoods.

The phrases include such thoughts as "Now that we're here, nowhere else matters" and "I paid the light bill just to see your face." More images from the project here.

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