It was my first time going to 5 Pointz on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 with our Discover New York class. Prior to that, I have only wondered what the story is while glimpsing at the long stretch of graffiti on the walls when I took the 7 train from Manhattan to Queens occasionally. I always thought it was an abandoned area that people used to spray graffiti on, and somehow it lasted throughout the years. Furthermore, I thought that the graffiti had never been updated, and that these graffiti were from ages ago. But this trip proved all my assumptions wrong.
The graffiti, as a matter of fact, is updated frequently, most likely on a yearly basis because the graffiti doesn’t last due to weather conditions. Although, there are many exceptions, such as the graffiti on the side of the building near the top of the roof. But generally, new graffiti is created often.
The two photos displayed below are examples of graffiti that are still being drawn. I felt that the raw sketch of the blue jay was very intriguing because we get to see a part of the process of making such as large piece of artwork. Additionally, I got to see the finished product of the blue jay and it is truly beautiful. The second photo is the unfinished 3D graffiti that Meres is completing at the moment. He still hadn’t finished the whole piece when we visited. However, his ideas evolved from flat and 2D graffiti to an interactive 3D graffiti where people can stand on the hand of the giant boy and take a picture on it as well. We can see the evolvement of graffiti – from the idea of graffiti being a deviant act to the idea of graffiti being an interactive event.
Below is a picture of a graffiti that I enjoyed looking at the most, which is the Beauty and the Beast. The color, the style, and every detail were just so phenomenal. I felt as if I were hypnotized because I wanted to examine every inch of this graffiti. Furthermore, the main color of this graffiti had a glowy blue and it reminded me of midnight, and how time is running out. Everything about this graffiti is so intense.
Overall, I really enjoyed this trip and I was very glad that Meres took us around. I would’ve been clueless staring at the numerous graffitis on the walls. Meres was very resourceful and I could tell that he was really passionate about 5 Pointz.