Graffiti gone to Ithaca / Tats Cru / Sye
Stepping out from the shadows of New York, and other cities where a generation of graffiti artists turned crumbling walls into splashes of expression, some of the top graffiti artists in the world worked in the Ithaca, New York sunshine this weekend.
Armed with 700 cans of paint crated in from Australia, 45 of the top artists in the graffiti community painted and collaborated on all four sides of the Cornell University Press building on Cascadilla Street. They turned the unremarkable undercoat into a vibrant swath of lines, figures and color to celebrate the hip-hop culture that first brought the art form into prominence.
The world famous TATS Cru blazed along with many others. One of those artists, Sye, learned his craft as a teenager in the 1980s, riding the trains between boroughs, inspired by the freedom he found in the emerging art taking over the city.