MTO „The death of the neighborhood“ Mural in Miami (USA) (Art Basel ’14)
Der Künstler MTO ist gerade, wie viele andere Künstler auch, in Miami, wo die Miami Art Basel ’14 stattfindet. Nachdem der Franzose bereits vor wenigen Tagen ein Mural im Rahmen des Wynwood RAW PROJECT an der Wynwood Middle School ein Wandbild für den guten Zweck gemalt hat, kommt gleich das zweite Mural von MTO.
Diesmal hat sich MTO in seiner Arbeit mit der Entwicklung und Gentrifizierung und dem Einfluss „hipper Street Art“ auf die Nachbarschaft Wynwoods auseinandergesetzt. Entstanden ist das kritische Mural mit dem Titel „LA MUERTE DEL BARRIO“ (The death of the neighborhood).
Painting performed in WYNWOOD for Miami art Basel
Located at the dead end of 24th street in wynwood (corner N Miami Avenue)
Sponsored by Wall Made association (PARIS) and VICE gallery (MIAMI).
Wynwood is also referred to as „Little San Juan“, and commonly known as „El Barrio“ as many Puerto Ricans began immigrating to this Miami neighborhood from the island and northeastern cities in the 1950s. Puerto Rican-owned restaurants, shops, markets and other businesses line the streets of Wynwood. Recently, however, the neighborhood has seen a push towards gentrification with increased investments and developments. The Midtown Miami development built in the mid-2000s, brought renewed attention to the area, and previously abandoned warehouses have begun to be occupied by artists, restaurants, cafés, and lounges. Tony Goldman a developer also assisted in the growth of Wynwood by creating a mecca out of the already present graffiti. Some 30 artists traveled from around the world to create what is now the Wynwood Walls, this led to an incredible increase in other street art in the surrounding area. The large arts presence brought upon Miami what is conceived as a new Hipster neighborhood.
The east side of N Miami avenue in Wynwood is only one block away from „Wynwood walls“, Panther coffee, hipster shits, business craps and all the center of gentrification activities, however the few dead ends by the rail way along the avenue are still remaining developping areas, full with graffitis and barely used warehouses …… well ….. at least for now. MTO
Graffitis by MEKST, INK187 and DEST
Thanks to Taissia and Guillaume.
Pictures © MTO