Thursday, July 22, 2010

Visiting Knox Martin's Venus

Knox Martin's Venus mural on 20th Street at 11th Avenue is now largely hidden from view by Jean Nouvel's West Chelsea Vision Machine at 100 Eleventh Avenue, (but not before it was resigned by the artist in big block lettering, as seen in the photo above.) The mural was named after the women inhabiting the Bayview Correctional Facility, where it lives on the south wall of the building. Prior to the consturction of 100 Eleventh Avenue—now covering most of the mural (see here on Google Street view)—Martin described the mural's eventual obstruction as "some kind of small death." (See the mural before it was hidden.)

Some background on the mural from Chelsea Now via I Am A Package, and Curbed recounted it's history in 2007.

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