Kai Aspire Art : “It’s been 5 years since I decided to use the streets as a canvas and it all started with wanting to help my father and others quit smoking. Then grew into helping people through imagery. In commemoration of the journey that began 5 years ago, I painted a morons mural, just as I did when it all started”
The Mosaic Man, Jim Power, working on one of his East Village poles. Jim has been making these for 30 years. But due to development in Astor Place, many of his poles are in danger of being removed. Since I was a kid, Jim’s work fascinated me and drew me to NYC. His work is very site specific. The poles are literally a mosaic of the history of the neighborhood - a tapestry of notable events, artists, and icons. The idea of the East Village without his work feels truly soulless. I will soon post a few video interviews with Jim, where he talks about the history of his work and the importance of street art. Stay tuned.