Pioneering Street Artist Lee Quiñones is the ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Hotel Indigo, Opening in April

Posted on: December 31st, 2014 at 5:26 am by

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Photo: Martha Cooper

In an apparent attempt to gain legitimacy with the neighborhood and its history, the culture-destroying Hotel Indigo tapped a street art legend as its so-called artist in residence. Lee Quiñones has that honor, a tidbit first learned when the Orchard Hell Building went before Community Board 3 for its liquor license (which was approved, by the way). It was noted at the time that Quiñones would decorate the lobby and other “public areas” of the lodge. Thanks to Vulture, we now glean more concrete detail on the artwork element:

I’ve been commissioned to create all the artwork for a new hotel opening in the Lower East Side. It’s called the Indigo Hotel LES and it’ll be finished in April. Without giving away the fine details, I’ve been working on a lobby installation and then creating works for every single room. There are 300 units in the building and the hotel will be the tallest structure on the Lower East Side with a 360-degree view. The installations can also be seen from the street, so it is an ambitious project.

The Hotel Indigo is slated to open sometime in April…

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Meanwhile, the latest Quiñones piece on the Lower East Side is this anti-war mural on Eldridge Street. The piece – a replacement of the “Know Your Rights” mainstay – portrays notable battles from Vietnam and Iraq wars are stenciled around the helicopter scene. It was painted and updated over months-long period. The artist most recently added magazine clippings as an outer frame.

In other Lee Quiñones news, a video interview with the man from last April:

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