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'Welling Court' 2014, A Grassroots Mural Event Turns 5 in Queens

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When the revered graffiti holy place named 5Pointz in Queens, New York was buffed and slated officially for demolition last fall the collective response of the graffiti/street art fan base and community was horror and lament. Nonetheless, community persists, and art in the streets is stronger than ever in many cities, including right here in Queens which has played host to an ever growing grassroots exhibition on the walls for five years called "Welling Court."

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetarticysotwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Imagined and produced by two advocates of creativity in the public sphere and run on a shoe-string budget, "Welling Court" is a series of 100+ walls throughout this largely working class neighborhood that feels like it perhaps has been overlooked by the rest of the city. With a mix of some of New York's newest immigrants and families, the modest residential/light manufacturing neighborhood has had a eye-jolting injection of spirit and free art every summer since 2009.

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartvengrwkwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Veng RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We look forward to this annual event for a number of reasons, among them: the unpretentious spirit of community creativity at work as tens of artist straddle ladders and stepstools side by side painting walls, the friendly inquisitive neighbors who hang out and discuss the art and prepare a variety of foods to share on folding tables in the middle of the street, and the unbridled enthusiasm of the kids who race through the neighborhood on foot, bicycle, scooter, even grocery cart.

Unsponsored by brands and run by community elbow grease, "Welling Court" brings lots of Street Art / graffiti / public art enthusiasts and almost no police presence or crime for that matter. Breaking their own record this June at 127 painted walls, organizers Garrison and Alison Buxton help hook up the opportunity and artists are happy to take advantage of it. Here is just a relatively small selection of images taken by photographer Jaime Rojo at "Welling Court" 2014.

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartrhakwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Fresh from graduation and walking in front of a RHAK gate. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartjoeiuratorubinwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Joe Iurato and Rubin collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartrrobotswellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg R.Robots (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartsubwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Sub (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartkaffeinewellingcourtjaimerojo062014web1.jpg Kaffeine at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartkaffeinewellingcourtjaimerojo062014web2.jpg Kaffeine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetarttwoflywellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Toofly (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartcernwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartlmnopiwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg LMNOPI at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartmrcwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg MRC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartdenismcnettjohnahearnwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg John Ahearn temporary installation with a Dennis McNett wheat paste from last year as a background. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartjohnahearnwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web1.jpg John Ahearn working on the details of the live casting he did of Roger Smith. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartjohnahearnwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web2.jpg John Ahearn. More to be done with this Roger Smith piece. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartpyramidoraclewellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Pyramid Oracle at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartgreglamarchewanetrapwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Gregg Lamarche, Wane and Trap (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartnotartwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Not Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartcekiswellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Cekis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartcakeryanseslowwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Cake and Ryan Seslow collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartbishop203flyingfortresswellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Bishop203 with an old Flying Fortress in the middle gate. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartellisgabelincolnjosephmeloywellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Ellis G, Joseph Meloy and Abe Lincoln collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartestebandelvallewellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Esteban Del Valle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartalicemizrachiwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Alice Mizrachi (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartprvrtwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg PRVRT (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartgreglamarchewellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Gregg Lamarche (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartdamienmitchellwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web1.jpg Damien Mitchell at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartdamienmitchellwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web2.jpg Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartchristophercardinalewellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Christopher Cardinale (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2014-06-24-brooklynstreetartwellingcourtjaimerojo062014web.jpg Fun! Fun! Fun! (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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