Brooklyn Stairs

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


As the news spread about the plan to build the Atlantic Yards arena in Brooklyn, Dana Eskelson, inspired by local shopkeepers' fear of going out of business, joined an art project to show her sympathy. The result? Bergen Street in the Park Slope neighborhood got a face lift! Brilliant! It's all part of "Inside Out" - a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. The portraits are a celebration of workers and owners of small businesses in the surrounding area. (You can read more about the story in NY Times). I love the concept of community and togetherness! What are your thoughts about it? xo

(thanks Mandy, photos via We Heart New York and NY Times)

35 comments:

Just Another Shopaholic said...

These stairs look incredible.

Corey @ Learning Patience said...

Very cool! Missing the sense of community right now from our old neighborhood in Houston - since moving overseas....all in time though i guess rt? xoxo from Trinidad

Sara Szatmary said...

I love buying local partially because of the shop owner. GREAT idea.

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

you find the coolest photos, friend. these are sooo impressive!

Sunny & Star said...

This is such a wonderful idea. I love stories were people come together for a common cause.

Nikki said...

Why the long face? ;) Those are awesome. I would stop and stair...okay okay sorry.

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

These are awesome, I love the purpose behind them too. Thanks for sharing.

Diana Mieczan said...

Corey, I bet that with time you'll feel cozy in your new community. Every time Balazs and I moved, it took us a while to get comfortable with the new surroundings.

Melissa Blake said...

Those stairs are amazing!! What a neat idea! :)

Hope you have a lovely day, Diana.

Diana Mieczan said...

Me too, Sara! There are a few little shops on my street that I only visit because of the owners. They are the sweetest people ever and I adore getting their products because I know how much effort they put into making them:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Aw..thank you, Ilene!

Alexa said...

Great idea for communities. So creative!
xo
alexa

C... said...

What a great idea! :)

That's Not My Age said...

This is fantastic - such a good idea - and in my dreams I live in Park Slope!

Dancing Branflake said...

This is all kinds of awesome! I love when art and a city come together.

Something Old, Something New said...

This is so neat - what a great idea to bring the community together!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

This is amazing. Where do you find all of this inspiring information?? You really have the pulse of the inspired!

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww...Lisa, thank you! I'm so glad that you like the post:)

Thea said...

awesome! I wish I could do this on my steps:) you have great posts Diana!

Hannah J. Holmes said...

i love art that just sort of exists within the world and people's everyday lives, just like this. but those faces are a bit eerie, especially the way they are broken by the stairs, but it's really, really neat, too!

Chelsea said...

that is RAD!

diana said...

Its really nice to see that communities still pull together and bond together...in some areas you dont see much of that any more. Beautiful photos.

Amber Blue Bird said...

thats an awesome idea.

Christianna said...

I love how you always find the coolest street art to talk about. It's one of your gifts! This is just brilliant, and beautiful!

karla camille foronda said...

the stairs look really nice! although I find it creepy at some point! HAHAHA:)

much love ♥
karlaforonda.blogspot.com

SJ said...

oh i love this!

Monica from Hola!design said...

This is very clever! I don't really go to Brooklyn..but I feel like taking a trip and see these amazing stairs!!! cool!

kisses!

Kirsty said...

Wow that's awesome.

Nat @ dear little house said...

I want picture stairs! I wonder if I can convince my neighbours?

Diana Mieczan said...

You made my day, Christianna..Aww..thank you:)Glad you like the posts:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Haha..Nat! I bet you can and Monica, you totally should. I would love to see it in person.

Steph said...

Awesome. The broken up portrait style reminds me of street artist Mentagassi - http://graffart.eu/blog/2010/12/mentalgassi-in-london/

Sage Crown Parker said...

so love these, how smart!!!!i want to go and see them all:)

Liesl said...

How crazy, yet cool are those stairs!!!

Liesl :)

Diana Mieczan said...

Steph, thank you for that link. It's brilliant!

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