Swoon’s Hurricane Sandy-Themed Houston Street Mural Is Taking Shape

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This morning we swung by the site of street artist and activist Swoon‘s forthcoming mural at Houston Street and Bowery, which is already taking shape. The composition, which is a collaboration between the artist and the Groundswell Community Mural Project according to ANIMAL, was inspired by Hurricane Sandy, with whose first anniversary it happens to coincide.

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The mural won’t be the first that responds to last year’s cataclysmic superstorm; in its immediate aftermath, the duo of How and Nosm painted a startlingly intricate mural filled with flood imagery. The Swoon-Groundswell mural already features waves crashing into what looks like Coney Island in its upper-right hand corner (above).

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On the mural’s left side (above), two artists were hard at work this morning painting figures in a reconstruction-themed sequence featuring a crowd of characters, tall buildings, and some kind of water deity. Meanwhile the mural is anchored by one of Swoon’s best-known wheatpaste pieces, “Thalassa” (below), which features a kind of woman-crab hybrid figure emerging from a wave (below).

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— Benjamin Sutton

(Photos by the author.)