An ecological phenomena has been occurring gradually around the globe. The incorporation of street art & graffiti with botanical materials. The results are quite spectacular because it’s interactive, living and a little life changing.
The West Harlem Art Fund is joining this important practice and has solicited the artist Pedro Ramirez to develop some botanical works in West Harlem — Under the Viaduct. The Executive Director of the West Harlem Art Fund and the artist started preparing on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Burlap was laid out, then sprayed with water and grass seeds mixed with clay was sprinkled on top the moist surface and finally covered with plastic. In about a week, the grass mats will be placed along 12th Avenue in front of restaurant businesses for patrons to enjoy. To begin this exploration with green, on Saturday, July 16th, which is also City of Water Day, moss will be used to create a botanical intervention in the same area with artist assistants. This will continue throughout the summer and into the fall. We hope to add more plant materials and reflective strips to illuminate at night.