Mosaic Man Embeds Lightpole Tribute to 2nd Avenue Explosion
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2nd Avenue Explosion mosaic, Photo: The Villager
Last Saturday was the first anniversary of the Second Avenue Explosion. To mark the occasion, local Councilwoman Rosie Mendez held a press conference outside the now-vacant lot. It was an opportunity for a moment of silence and also to announce the package of nine bills in City Council that call for tougher measures to prevent similar tragedy. For instance, more thorough inspection of gas lines and a requirement that forces gas providers to notify DOB within 24 hours of shutting off the utility.
Meanwhile, Jim “Mosaic Man” Power paid his own respects in time for the media event. The lightpole situated steps from the blast site is decorated with a new mosaic that features the words “explosion” and “great fire.” An even more subtle memorial was included in one of the ceramic shards, though. That of a feline and the accompanying inscription, “cat lover,” referring to the littany of cats that went missing after the explosion. (Most were found in the immediate aftermath.)
Meanwhile, Scoopy at The Villager reports that legendary musician Graham Nash and his girlfriend happened to pass Power while embedding the mosaic. Nash’s lady reportedly “admired [the art] so much that she gave him $100.” Not before saying, “Carry on.”