Love Letters by Steve Powers

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New year, new chapters, new inspiration! And what better way to start off the new year than showcasing and sharing the lovely work of Steve Powers / ESPO specially, his “Love Letters” projects. Using different techniques and materials to paint huge murals and rooftops across cities like Philadelphia, Syracuse and Brooklyn, Powers demonstrated the power beautiful colors, captivating lettering, intriguing messages and design have over society and our daily lives. Check out some photos and a series of interesting videos after the jump!

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In 1984 Steve Powers started climbing rooftops in his neighborhood and painting his alias ESPO as a dues paying member of the ICY graffiti club. 25 years later he returned home to Philadelphia in the summer of 2009 to write a love letter across the same rooftops facing the Market-Frankford line. The letter, meant for one, with meaning for all, encompasses 50 walls on a 20 block stretch of market street. Drawing input, inspiration, and work from the community Powers created a letter to and from west Philly. This unprecedented public art project was a collaboration of Powers, The Mural Arts Program, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. It required 1200 cans of spray paint, 800 gallons of bucket paint, and the skilled hands of 20 of the finest spray painters in America, who Powers put into the legendary ICY club.

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- Photo courtesy Molly Woodward / VernacularTypography.com

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- Photo courtesy Molly Woodward / VernacularTypography.com

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- Photo courtesy Molly Woodward / VernacularTypography.com

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- Photo courtesy Molly Woodward / VernacularTypography.com

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2 comments
  1. I’ve always been a huge fan of his work. Great videos :P

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