Earlier this month I was able to swing by the Brill Building to take a little glance at a painting project by Tom Christopher and Andy Hammerstein. I was there too early to see them in action, however it was great to be able to see the work they'd been producing for the weeks prior.
The Brill Building Project is more of a social morale booster and city beautification project than anything else. Using empty storefronts in-between business occupancy not only turns an otherwise dust, tarp, tape, and debris-laden space into an interesting and beautiful scene but it also provides short term studio space to help local artists (and potentially helps the non-artist get into, appreciate, and better understand the art world). Win. Win. Win. All the way around.
For me it was wonderful to see a traditional construction site turned into a performance and installation - because who doesn't want a more beautiful, interesting city to look at? More importantly, it was fun to see an artist that I respect make a home-run for the art community - get a little inspiration and encouragement to keep putting good work into the world.