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Tun Myaing – 5 Pointz

You may have heard that 5 Pointz, the famed graffiti building in Queens, NY, has been demolished. There was much rallying and fighting to keep that from happening and preserve the building as a national landmark, but the owners of the structure, who have let street artists mark up its walls for so many years, felt the need to move on. Ah, gentrification.

The structure will not be forgotten due to the plethora of photos of the remarkable building that can be easily found all over the web. I thought I’d share a different and rare glimpse into the interior of 5 Pointz.

Artist Tun Myaing has completed a series of oil paintings depicting his vision of its tangled insides. For those who have tried visiting the place, there is no easy way inside. The art could be seen only from the street on the way to and from the PS1 art museum, or from the elevated subway that passed by.

Tun’s vision waxes dark and celebrates the hidden crevices of the interiors he paints. Check out his other works on his website as well. Tunmyaing.com

The Metal Dome of Ahmed I by Tun Myaing, oil on mylar, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 2011.

The Metal Dome of Ahmed I by Tun Myaing, oil on mylar, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 2011.

Karl in Three Movements by Tun Myaing, oil on mylar, 6.5 x 24 inches, 2013.

Karl in Three Movements by Tun Myaing, oil on mylar, 6.5 x 24 inches, 2013.

The Boiler Room by Tun Myaing, oil on mylar, 6 x 12 inches, 2014.

The Boiler Room by Tun Myaing, oil on mylar, 6 x 12 inches, 2014.

Cylinder by Tun Mayiang, oil on mylar.

Cylinder by Tun Mayiang, oil on mylar.

Daedalus Dreams by Tun Myaing, oil on mylar

Daedalus Dreams by Tun Myaing, oil on mylar

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