Since 1985, Vietnam War veteran Jim Power has beautified NYC’s East Village with elaborate mosaics. His work, called The Mosaic Trail, s a site-specific project, presenting a historical tapestry of events, artists, and icons of the neighborhood. Over the decades, many of his pieces have been lost, and others removed by the redesign of Astor Place.
This documentary short, “Jim Power: The Mosaic Man” is comprised of two interviews with Jim Power; the first in 2014, the second in 2017. Power talks about the history of his work, his battle to preserve it, and the importance of art. (This post was updated on February 26, 2019)
Some notable poles from The Mosaic Trail in New York’s East Village:
Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s speech at Cooper Union, delivered on February 27, 1860
Tribute to artist/photographer Clayton Patterson, who videotaped the 1988 Tompkins Square Park Riot, exposing the police brutality which been reported but never documented
Commemorating Pope John Paul II’s visits to NYC.
Celebrating the Fillmore East theater (1968–1971), which was located at 105 Second Ave and known as “The Church of Rock and Roll” due to famed performances by The Allman Brothers Band, The Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Frank Zappa, and The Grateful Dead