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The Village Alliance Business Improvement District,City Lore and Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation will lead the unveiling of the Astor Place Mosaic Trail light poles, which have been restored and redesigned by local Jim Power, the Mosaic Man.
The unveiling ceremony heralds the completion of a two-year expansion and revitalization of the Astor Place plazas which includes the restoration of Tony Rosenthals Alamo sculpture. Part of the infamous East Village Mosaic Trail, the mosaic light poles were first decorated by Jim Power in the 1980s during his guerilla art campaign to bring public art to the Village. When construction and expansion of the plazas began in 2014 the poles were destined for permanent removal, the Village Alliance BID then stepped in, assembling a coalition of community partners to lead a successful campaign to save the poles, ensuring they were instead returned to Astor Place after restoration by Jim Power.
Among the poles are two that acknowledge the heroism of the NYPD & FDNY. The NYPD pole both honors the 9th Precinct and previous Commissioners, while saluting the bravery of those officers who have fallen in the line of duty and whose names are inscribed on the poles, forever remembered. The FDNY pole celebrates the East Village Fire Houses and memorializes the valor and heroism of 9/11 first responders.
The Village Alliance, City Lore, advocacy groups and private individuals have funded the restoration which has so far totaled $22,000. However, the project has stalled in its final stages with funds running out owing to the restoration being more labor intensive than originally envisaged.
To ensure the final elements of the restoration can be completed to the artists vision, the Village Alliance has initiated a crowd funding campaign which has so far raised $4,500 of a $20,000 target. To increase awareness of the fundraising campaign the unveiling & dedication ceremony has been timed to take place on Giving Tuesday.
Members of the East Village community are invited to support the final stage of the fundraising campaign by visiting http://bit.ly/mosaictrail to make a donation.