A Love Letter to the City
This edition is out-of-print
140 color illustrations
Publication date: 02/14/2014
|Stretched across city walls and along rooftops, Stephen Powers's colorful large-scale murals sneak up on you. "Open your eyes / I see the sunrise," "If you were here I'd be home," "Forever begins when you say yes." What at first looks like nothing as much as an advertisement suddenly becomes something grander and more mysterious, a hand-painted love letter at billboard size. Combining community activism and public art, Powers and his team of sign mechanics collaborate with a neighborhood's residents to create visual jingles, sincere and often poignant affirmations and confessions that reflect the collective hopes and dreams of the host community. A Love Letter to the City gathers the artist's powerful public art project for the first time, including murals on the walls and rooftops of Brooklyn and Syracuse, New York; Philadelphia; Dublin and Belfast, Ireland; S.o Paolo, Brazil, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Stephen Powers, born in Philadelphia and known in the 1990s by his graffiti tag ESPO, currently lives and works in New York City
"His work requires little effort to enjoy and if you've seen it before in person then you know how great it can be to walk down the street, look up, and see his letters talking right back at you."Street Art NYC:
"A Love Letter to the City provides invaluable insights into the creative mindset of a unique street artist. It sheds light on the back-stories of his sign pieces, from his improbable conversations with passersby to the formally held community meetings. Ultimately, the book illustrates how Powers and his team remarkably wove intricate typographic art into the fabric of multiple cities around the world. "The Guardian:
"New York graffiti artist Stephen Powers daubs his super-sized murals and messages on city walls and rooftops from Brooklyn to Philadelphia, Belfast to Sao Paulo --- his new book, A Love Letter to the City, collects them in one place."Public Art Review:
"A vibrant collection of images and anecdotes."Design Bureau:
"We'd pay the light bill just to flip through this collection of public eye candy."Brain Pickings:
"A Love Letter to the City is impossibly moving in its entirety, at once a rare glimpse into the mind of an artist with an uncommon point of a view and gripping testament to the power of art as a common language that brings a community together. Complement it with the bittersweet Sign Painters, where Powers's work appears."Flavorpill:
"Love Letter To the City is a document of project that found the artist creating urban murals all over the world, including cities such as Brooklyn and Syracuse, New York, Philadelphia; Dublin and Belfast, Ireland; Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Johannesburg, South Africa."ArtNet:
"Powers reclaims the city's walls from the grips of advertisers to give citizens a voice."