OHNY Weekend Cover (Photo: Mikiko Kikuyama)

OHNY Weekend Cover (Photo: Mikiko Kikuyama)

 

Every October, OHNY Weekend gives tens of thousands of people occasion to explore architectural and cultural treasures throughout all five boroughs. It is the sense of discovery that makes the Weekend so exciting: what might I see this year? What will I uncover around the next corner? One thing you might see in 2014 is the mural that was specially commissioned by OHNY to serve as the cover art for the OHNY Weekend Event Guide, due to hit newsstands on October 2 as an insert in Time Out New York.

But while you’ll need to wait a few weeks for the Guide, you can visit the OHNY Weekend mural right now! In fact, post of a photo of yourself in front of the mural on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #OHNYwknd by September 25, and you will be entered into a raffle to win two (2) tickets to an Advance Reservation tour of your choice! Three lucky winners will be announced on September 26.

Created through a collaborative effort by PS New York, OHNY’s graphic designers,  and Ad Hoc Art, the team behind the Welling Court Mural Project (WCMP), the OHNY Weekend mural is one of the newest artworks at WCMP, a five-year-old community initiative that has transformed an industrial and residential neighborhood along the East River in Astoria, Queens into a sprawling campus of street art, featuring more than 130 murals.

After approaching Ad Hoc’s Garrison Buxton about the possibility of doing a wall mural at the WCMP—which will participate as a site for the first time during this year’s OHNY Weekend on October 11 and 12—OHNY selected Chris Stain, a street artist that has done a number of large-scale murals, to work with Garrison to realize the project. Stain’s work makes extensive use of stencils; for the OHNY Weekend mural, he created a collage of iconic New York City buildings (can you identify them all?), from contemporary to historic, framed within the Open House New York logo. All of the intricate, large-scale stencils were created utilizing CNC machining as well as handwork.

 

Cutting the stencils. (Photo: Ad Hoc Art)

Cutting the stencils. (Photo: Ad Hoc Art)

 

Once the stencils were cut, they were taped up on a brick wall along 28th Avenue near Astoria Boulevard, where Ad Hoc had prepped the mural site by painting a roughly 12-foot by 12-foot section a bright, pop-art blue. Larger stencils were used first to create the letters of OHNY’s logo, followed by the more finely detailed stencils that would render the building silhouettes. The mural was then photographed for the cover on a brilliant sunny afternoon by photographer Mikiko Kikuyama. From conception to completion, the entire project took a couple of weeks, with the painting happening over the course of a single weekend.

The mural, shortly before the final layer was added. (Photo: Ad Hoc Art)

The mural, shortly before the final layer was added. (Photo: Ad Hoc Art)

 

OHNY thanks all of the talented, creative people who helped make the cover for this year’s OHNY Weekend Event Guide. We can’t wait for you all to see what’s inside! Check out the October 2 issue of Time Out New York—or become an OHNY Member today, and you’ll get an advance copy sent to you the week of September 22.