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Internationally Renowned Street Artist, Gaia, Channels Mother Earth in Uptown Kingston

Internationally known street artist Gaia has joined us for this year’s festival ambitiously taking on one of Kingston, NY’s largest wall spaces in back of BSP Lounge.

photo by Andy Milford
Gaia used spray cans and rollers to create the mural. Photo by Andy Milford.

Gaia’s latest works endeavor to, “…remind us of lost human connections to nature and the environment.” About the mural Gaia designed for Kingston, he says, “The piece features the Greek goddess Artemis from a photo I took at the Vatican descending into a gaping limestone quarry with a skyline of New York City on the horizon and a Corinthian crown at the top. This piece goes in three directions: 1) A reference to Kingston’s proximity to natural resources that helped build New York City; 2) the process of resource exploitation as a defiling of the Mother Earth; 3) marble and limestone used for architectural embellishments in early Neo classical revival / Georgian American architecture, the statue not only representing Mother Earth but also is a Hellenistic and roman reference as a celebration of democracy in early United States history. This is further suggested with the Corinthian column.”

Half way up the six-story work of art. photo by Andy Mildford
Half way up the six-story work of art. photo by Andy Mildford

Gaia not only created this magnificent painting over the past week, but he also cashed in with some extremely valuable dental work thanks to our dental volunteers. He’ll be traveling as our festival begins and won’t be able to attend, but he will have brought more value than we can describe to our humble town before he takes off.

Scroll down to see the time lapse video of the work’s installation accompanied with music by Common Prayer, and, better yet, come to the festival to see the mural in person. You can buy your wristband ahead of time via Eventbrite, which will guaranty you entrance to all music performances and ExplO+re classes (yoga, dance and movement) and everything O+ will be offering from the 11th to the 13th.

photo by Andy Milford
The finished mural. Photo by Andy Milford
Photo by Andy Milford
Gaia surveying his work. Photo by Andy Milford