So glad to see that Steve Powers (a graffiti artist AND Fulbright scholar) is back with a new project. Called "A Love Letter for Syracuse," it's a project in conjunction with Syracuse University and local organizations intended to use public art as a means to neighborhood revitalization.
Powers, together with these organizations, used painted phrases to turn three train bridges that are physical and metaphorical dividers between two very disparate neighborhoods into points of unity and conversation-starters.
Here, Steve discusses "why" of the font, the words, etc behind this project...
The bridges that cross Fayette and West Streets were hand made in the 1940s from Carnegie Steel and the toil of countless people. They were built for a Syracuse of great industry and remain faithful to the industrial ideals of utility, dependability and (yes) austerity. In the era the bridges were built, sign painting was a viable profession and like many other professions in Syracuse, went away because a machine replaced hands, heart and head.
If you missed his last project, the now-famous "A Love Letter For You," check it out back here. More about the current project here.