A few months ago this woman caught the attention of motorists on I-490 near downtown Rochester. The image immediately made me think of early works by Banksy or Shepard Fairey , artists who catapulted themselves into pop culture stardom by plastering their towns with often graphic and politically-charged poster art. I wondered, was this Rochester artist making a political/social statement? Or is this half-nude character with the peace sign pasty simply a random piece of visual titillation?
A few people on Facebook claimed to know the artist, but my attempts to track him (or her) down were fruitless. Then yesterday a friend* of mine spotted a similar image stuck to a 490/590 support column at the Can of Worms interchange…
I’m not sure if this is the same woman, but it’s definitely from the same artist. Again, half nude (and a bit more so this time) and glued to the wall like an advertising poster. Have a closer look… go ahead… I’ll wait
Turn your car around and head back down I-490, to where the speed limit changes from 55 to 65. Stuck to the side of a railroad bridge overpass you’ll find this…
Now, if only Spaceman could talk. I’ll bet he has a story to tell. Earth to Spaceman! Please contact me!
*Thanks goes to my buddy Jason “Eagle-eyes” Adlowitz for spotting these new artworks.
UPDATE: The first image of the lady with the peace sign pasty was not done by the same artist as Spaceman. This was by a different artist, A.K.A. Ax .
UPDATE: We caught up with Spaceman… Read the interview.
UPDATE: Spaceman art available here.
Tags: art, artist, Banksy, Can Of Worms interchange, Clinton Avenue, Graffiti, I-490, I-590, Meigs Street, public art, Rochester, Rochester NY, spaceman, streetart, who is Spaceman
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