November 27, 2017
Blondie Comes Home
The L.I.S.A. PROJECT (Little Italy Street Art) and Shepard Fairey's newest mural in their CBGBs homage series features Blondie!
by Deborah L. Martin photographer Deborah L. Martin
The L.I.S.A. PROJECT (Little Italy Street Art)— started in 2012 to create an arts district similar to Miami's Wynwood Walls—has teamed up with artist Shepard Fairey to continue their CBGBs homage series with a new wall dedicated to Blondie. The wall—directly across the street from the former site of the birthplace of punk rock—belongs to East Village eatery Saxon + Parole at the corner of Bleecker Street and Bowery, and up until a few months ago played host to a giant-sized Joey Ramone. Fairey based the mural on a photograph of Debbie Harry taken by photographer Bobby Grossman in 1977. Grossman, a RISD graduate who fell in with the Factory crowd in the 1970s and photographed such luminaries as Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Bowie, and Andy Warhol among others, says "Shepard and I first collaborated on a project he was doing for his MAY DAY show in 2010, and I introduced him to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. They have become good friends and I am humbled and flattered to have been behind the scenes on this neighborhood project, with the very first photo I ever took of Debbie. It's a trip how things come full circle. I guest it was meant to be!"
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