On Saturday, renowed interventionist and public art veteran Ron English finished up his mural at the Houston Bowery Wall. It’s a patchwork American flag comprised of the many corporate parodies he has done over the past two decades as unsanctioned billboards or paintings, punctuated by a very angry-looking Hulk-like toddler. I asked him why he specifically chose this imagery.
“The original idea is that he’s Baby America,” explains English. “He’s way more powerful than he is smart. And he’s about to be pissed off about something. It could be all the animals. It could be he’s not in the ads. We don’t know.”
After glancing at it from the median on Houston Street, he added, “It’s about having stupid power, immature power.”
(Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)