Walls covered with hundreds of red tags – Barry McGee

Barry McGee - Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Barry McGee – Detail of mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Photo: Sabeth718/flickr.com

Barry McGee’s tag mural in New York

In August 2010 Barry McGee (aka Twist) and Josh Lazcano (aka Amaze) painted a mural on the iconic corner of Houston & Bowery in New York’s Lower East Side, covering the wall with hundreds of red tags, filling it up with the names and crews of different graffiti writers.

Murals were first commissioned at the wall in 2008, starting with the replica of a 1982 Keith Haring work to commemorate the late artist’s 50th birthday. In 2009 the wall was painted by Os Gemeos, in 2010 by Shepard Fairey and following Barry McGee in 2010 by Kenny Scharf, JR, Faile, Retna and others.

Photos of the New York tag mural

Barry McGee - Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Barry McGee – Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Photo: According 2 G/according2g.com

Barry McGee - Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Barry McGee – Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Photo: Sewperman/howlingpixel.com

Barry McGee - Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Barry McGee – Detail of mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Photo: According 2 G/according2g.com

Barry McGee - Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Barry McGee – Detail of mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Photo: Scott Beale/flickr.com

Barry McGee - Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Barry McGee – Detail of mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Photo: Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors/theartcollectors.com

Barry McGee - Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Barry McGee – Mural on Houston and Bowery, New York, 2010
Photo: Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors/theartcollectors.com

Barry McGee and Josh Lazcano (Amaze) working on the tag mural Mural On Houston Street + Bowery, New York
Barry McGee and Josh Lazcano (Amaze) working on the tag mural Mural On Houston Street + Bowery, New York
Photo: Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors/theartcollectors.com

Location of the mural in New York


76 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

Another tag Mural in Sydney, Australia, 2011-2012

Barry McGee’s tag mural in Syndey was created in 2011. This uncommissioned work consisted of various red tags. To be able to read some of the tags, viewers needed to come close to the wall. The mural reached over two and a half stories in height.

Barry McGee - Tag Mural in Sydney, Australia, 2011-2012, Tank Stream Way
Barry McGee – Tag Mural in Sydney, Australia, 2011-2012, Tank Stream Way
Photo: Justine Topfer/outoftheboxprojects.com

Barry McGee - Tag Mural in Sydney, Australia, 2011-2012, Tank Stream Way - Detail
Barry McGee – Tag Mural in Sydney (detail), Australia, 2011-2012, Tank Stream Way
Photo: Justine Topfer/outoftheboxprojects.com

Barry McGee - Tag Mural in Sydney, Australia, 2011-2012, Tank Stream Way - Detail
Barry McGee – Tag Mural in Sydney (detail), Australia, 2011-2012, Tank Stream Way
Photo: Justine Topfer/outoftheboxprojects.com

Barry McGee - Tag Mural in Sydney, Australia, 2011-2012, Tank Stream Way - partly buffed
Barry McGee – Tag Mural in Sydney (partly buffed), Australia, 2011-2012, Tank Stream Way
Photo: Justine Topfer/outoftheboxprojects.com

Amaze silver throw up and Barry McGee - Tag Mural in Sydney, Australia, 2011-2012, Tank Stream Way
Amaze silver throw up and Barry McGee – Tag Mural in Sydney, Australia, 2011-2012, Tank Stream Way
Photo: Justine Topfer/outoftheboxprojects.com

Location of the mural in Sydney

Installed between 23 September 2011 – 31 January 2012
In Tank Stream Way adjacent to Pitt Street, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia

Video: Barry McGee speaks about tagging

4min 19sec

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