Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pied Piper Of Brazilian Street Art Bel Borba Comes To Roosevelt Island - Meet The Tram Man

Did you see the "Tram Man" standing guard by the Roosevelt Island Tram station walkway the other day? Roosevelt Island Blogger Bubo Blog did, took this photo

and reports last Monday:
... Near the tram stop right now, there's a collection of roadwork art, including a totem pole made out of plastic traffic barriers.

Someone also took white tape and made some creative street markings....
Take a look at Bubo Blog's full report with more pictures here.

Yesterday I asked Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Berdy if she knew anything about the Tram Man and she told me it was a work by a Brazilian artist working with Gallery RIVAA.

In today's NY Times, more information on Roosevelt Island's Tram Man created by Brazil's Pied Piper of Street Art, Bel Borba.

According to the NY Times:
...  an unusual monthlong public art residency that will take Mr. Borba all over New York City and allow him to work in whatever medium strikes his fancy. On Saturday he created a painting of a lizard and a spaceman on the asphalt on Roosevelt Island; this week he is in Red Hook, Brooklyn; Howard Beach, Queens; and other neighborhoods. Starting on Oct. 1, a short film he made with two collaborators will be shown every night for a month on 15 jumbo signs, some with multiple screens, at Times Square.

Mr. Borba, 55, is from Salvador, in the state of Bahia and the third largest city in Brazil. Its streets, walls, plazas and beaches have been his canvas since the late 1970s. He is a well-known, even beloved, figure there, regularly greeted on the street by residents who encourage him to come and work in their neighborhoods; his output there led to a documentary about him that will open in New York next month. But he said he was delighted to receive an invitation to work in New York, so far from his comfort zone....
Click here for the entire NY Times article.  More on Mr. Borba and his street art below.