This Street Artist Creates Life Size ‘Steel Animals’
Two months ago, on the eleventh anniversary of the collapse of the Roumanian-American Synagogue, an open-mouthed seagull sculpture was affixed to the Rivington Street fence. It survived the winter and still hangs from chain-link.
The art piece, composed of painted chicken wire, is the work of Brooklyn-based steel sculptor Strayones. The street artist creates life size steel animals that “organically interact with the urban environment.”
“I sculpt the animals by hand with pliers and wire cutters,” he tells us. “Then I spray paint and spray finish the final product.” He also noted that the most difficult animal to create (i.e. Stray) was the red tailed hawks fighting in the air.
Alas, the seagull is his only piece on the Lower East Side for the moment. And regarding its stubborness to remain in place, Strayones told us that “some of my sculptures are up for almost two years some are gone in a couple weeks.”