Artist Occupies West Village Wall

11.28.11 Bucky Turco

Jay Shells, purveyor of etiquette signs parodying both the MTA and the DOT got sick and tired of the bland plywood wall surrounding a stagnant construction site in his West Village neighborhood so he decided to do something about it. On Friday, he broke out some spray paint and began painting a block long mural on the corner of 8th Avenue between West 13th and Horatio Streets, without permission.

He worked throughout the weekend in the broad daylight and finished Sunday evening. I stopped by yesterday during the afternoon and was shocked at the praise that passerbys bestowed on him. “Thank you,” said one elderly couple. The fact that it was illegal, didn’t change their mind. “Better to beg for forgiveness, huh?” said the older gentleman.