The Mosaic Man

Jim Power and the Mosaic Trail

As Banksy  just finished up his month-long “residency” on the streets of NYC, I’ve been thinking a lot about guerrilla art.  I’m gonna hit you with a Henry David Thoreau quote right when you least expect it – he said “It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look.  To affect the quality of the day – that is the highest of arts.”

While I dig some of Banksy’s style, the story of the “Mosaic Man” moves me so much more.  Meet Jim Power – a homeless man in NYC who has been creating mosaics on lightpoles all over the Lower East Side of Manhattan for 28 years.  The Mosaic Trail tells the story of this neighborhood and has rallied the community  together in times of struggle.

Of his work, he says:

“My master plan is to draw the anxiety out of the city with beauty.”

Also he has a seriously rad ponytail.

Check out this really short video and be inspired to make some guerilla art of your own:

(Via Etsy)

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