This month in our culture blog we have picked the Wooster Collective as our choice website to check out…
Wooster Collective is a website that showcases street art from around the world. It is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world. Updated by Marc and Sara Schiller, the site also offers podcasting with music and interviews featuring street artists.
Wooster Collective is Marc and Sara Schiller.
The Schillers founded the Wooster Collective web site in 2001. Walking their hyperactive Weimaraner, Hudson, throughout the streets of SoHo, they started noticing the artwork put up on buildings and city walls by vigilante artists who thought their message was equally as important as the ad space Calvin Klein would pay to overexpose Travis Fimmel’s hot ass.
Like most people in New York City who lived though 9-11, Marc and Sara looked at their surroundings with fresh eyes. They had a new appreciation for the city and noticed things that most people took for granted. Instead of packing up their bags and leaving the city they loved, they decided to celebrate it, to share it, with New Yorkers and with the rest of the world.
Once a year they offer a walking tour in which they lead groups of up to 150 people throughout the city, telling them the stories behind the stickers on street signs and the wheat pasted posters on buildings. All of this public art, a combination of sarcasm, intellect, guerilla warfare and good ol’ fashion stoner ‘I have nothing better to do with my time, dude’ motivation, is just as important to this city as any might-be-built stadium or eccentric down and outer. The people on the tour vary from stringy, twenty-something, skate rats to the elderly women dying to know who Neck Face is. Sometimes the artists who create the work pointed out on the tour are anonymously part of the group, watching the reactions of people admiring their work.
372 total views, 1 today