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Specter’s ‘Bushwick Bodega’

Reimagining Brooklyn.


Artist Gabriel Specter’s aim in art is to revitalise, reimagine and give new life and meaning to forgotten environments. Basically, he wants to make your time on the street more fun – who can hate on that?

Specter has created hand-drawings, paintings, murals and sculptures in public spaces all over the world, from London to Paris to St Petersburg. His most recent is a fabulous trompe l'oeil in Brooklyn’s Bushwisk.

The term ‘trompe l’oeil’ translates as ‘deceive the eye’ and this creation does just that. Specter has painted a bodega store-front, complete with roller-door and ‘no parking’ sign. But it’s just a regular wall.

Specter said of the piece: “It refers to the changing landscape of the Bushwick neighborhood and its demographics. The clues are in the signage. It was also a blast watching people go to use the faux ATM.”

It just went up, so if you’re in New York; begin your search!

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