Sunday, June 5, 2011
5 Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burnin'
Said to be one of the world's premiere graffiti meccas, 5 Pointz showcases some of the finest pieces of writers from across the globe. Situated in Long Island, New York, at Jackson Avenue and Crane Street, 5 Pointz covers over 200,000 square feet of area and boasts upwards of 350 pieces and murals covering its walls. This massive industrial building complex is painted from end to end, top to bottom and encompasses 2 city blocks in its entirety.
This industrial building has been the location of fine aerosol art going as far back as 1993, when Pat Dilillo co-founded the Phun Phactory Aerosol Art Corporation, a non-profit enterprise to promote graffiti and mural arts. After 9 solid years of operation, Dilillo passed the reigns over to a local writer, Meres One, to carry the torch and keep the spot alive. During its time, the Phun Phactory had attracted writers and artists from around the globe and was one of the most celebrated and contributed graffiti and street art collectives in the world.
Historically, the name Five Points was derived from an intersection several streets in central lower Manhattan in the 19th century. This slummy neighborhood area was well known for its crime, gangs, poverty, and disease. When Meres took over the location and renamed it such as a signification of the 5 boroughs coming together, but also because of its reputation, it has helped to unite artists an writers worldwide. Nine years later, 5 Pointz is still running strong, with writers and artists coming through on the daily adding to the rich and colorful tapestry that began almost 20 years ago.
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