Steve Powers – A Love Letter For You

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

In 1984 Steve Powers started climbing rooftops in his neighborhood and painting his alias ESPO as a dues paying member of the ICY graffiti club. 25 years later he returned home to Philadelphia in the summer of 2009 to write a love letter across the same rooftops facing the Market-Frankford line. The letter, meant for one, with meaning for all, encompasses 50 walls on a 20 block stretch of market street. Drawing input, inspiration, and work from the community Powers created a letter to and from west Philly. This unprecedented public art project was a collaboration of Powers, The Mural Arts Program, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. It required 1200 cans of spray paint, 800 gallons of bucket paint, and the skilled hands of 20 of the finest spray painters in America, who Powers put into the legendary ICY club.

“A Love Letter For You – Brick Valentines On The Philly Skyline” documents the art and the neighborhood that inspired this ambitious public art project.

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Source: Revok’s Blog

One Comment

  • v.keller April 14, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I saw this show, took the official Mural Arts Program tour which is every Saturday morning = http://www.muralarts.org/whatwedo/special/loveletter/
    or you could just do your own train tour or do street level on your bike or whatever. It is really awesome and the book is totally gorgeous. Get out there and do it, you won’t be sorry.

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