New York is full of scenic art one would think traverses through their own living room with a spectacular view.
As we wandered through the historic Doyers Street, we were taken by the amazing art of Chen Dongfan, an Experimental Artist from Hangzhou, China. No one would believe that Doyers Street was once known for its voracious gang wars, rampant during the Great Depression.
Mr. Dongfan created a mural through the winding street where such ambushes would take place between rival Chinese gangs in the early 1900s. It was Mr. Dongfan’s intention to share through art the story of Doyers Street of yesterday and its colorful presence of today, where people now connect with the well known Chinese restaurants and local storefronts that now populate the small and narrow winding street.
In Mr. Dongfan’s own words, it was not simply to create art, “He is interested in how images are transmitted over time and what are the information and the sensations people received through such transmission.”
It is with such Artists as Chen Dongfan, that we can relive times of old and appreciate the lives we have today. Art is the imitation of life that gives us a sense of gratitude.