Internationally Renowned Street Artist, Gaia, Joins Kingston’s 2013 O+ Roster

Internationally known street artist Gaia joined us for 2013’s Kingston, NY O+ Festival, ambitiously taking on one of the city’s largest wall spaces for an eight-story original mural. Watch an artist profile produced by StudiO+, replete with time-lapse video of this awe-inspiring, one-man installation:

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.”

Gaia not only created this magnificent painting in a single week, but he also cashed in with some extremely valuable dental work thanks to our dental volunteers. Read more about this mural on Brooklyn Street Art.

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