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From August 5–9, 2015, the walls of lower Manhattan (Little Italy) sprung to life with The LoMan Arts Festival presented by the L.I.S.A. Project), New York City’s first-ever mural festival. The event’s inaugural year brought large-scale works by acclaimed mural artists to 21 lower manhattan neighborhoods, from 23rd Street to the South Street Seaport, in celebration of art that is public, permanent, and accessible to all. Festival programming included film screenings, panel discussions, live graffiti battles, and more.

BD White & JPO collaborate on the bottom of street light posts on Mulberry street (bet. Broome & Canal).

Indaver showing some NYC love.

Organized by not-for-profit The L.I.S.A. Project NYC and founder/curator Wayne Rada, The LoMan Arts Festival invited two dozen of the most acclaimed mural artists in the world, including New York’s own Ron English, Beau Stanton, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, TATS CRU, Ludo (France), and Solus (Ireland) to lend their talents to the expansion of the city’s first mural district/festival.

Dain & Stikki Peaches giant paster in the L.I.S.A. Project headquarters parking lot.

Hanksy combining two of my favorite things… The Simpson’s & Avocados.

Organizer Wayne Rada explains “We conceived of this festival as a revitalization of the artistic energy of downtown Manhattan. NYC is such a nexus for art, but these days so many artists are being pushed to the outer boroughs. Following the success of The L.I.S.A project, we wanted to create a larger public arts district and community of support worthy of the city’s thriving art scene…Though the events of the festival will only last a few days, the resulting artwork will leave a permanent, and extremely positive, mark on downtown Manhattan’s neighborhoods.”

ASVP hard at work.

A gigantic mural on 3rd Street being worked on by Beau Stanton.

There is not much to say other than this was a colossal event which blew everyone’s expectations out of the water. The vibe was amazing and the artists really went for it creating some true masterpieces. Check out the loads of pictures below and judge for yourself… or better yet go on a little hike through lower Manhattan and experience them for yourself!

A finished light post by BD White & JPO

Art is Trash installation.

Sucklord manning his booth at the Sticker Social Club fort.

Some live music with Whisbe behind them.

JPO, Beau Stanton & Hanksy enjoying the afterparty opening night.

Art is Trash at work.

Sticker Social Club NYC headquarters for the festival.

Blek Le Rat “Death by Gentrification”.


Author: Matthew A. Eller

All Photos & Text Copyright Matthew A. Eller 2015

Twitter: @ellerlawfirm

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Rom is the founder & editor in chief of StreetArtNews. In 2009, he launched the ‘StreetArtNews’ website to promote underground art, which widened his scope to work with a larger roster of street artists on events and exhibitions. He is noted as one of the latest figures to help popularize street art and as an authority on the latest trends in urban contemporary art.