About Jim Power and The Legendary Mosaic Trail
For over 25 years, Jim Power, aka The Mosaic Man, has created one of the largest and longest lasting public arts projects with his Legendary Mosaic Trail. The trail of whimsical mosaic designs on lamp poles, planters, sidewalks and storefronts throughout New York City are some of the most recognizable and universally acclaimed works by a local artist. The various pieces are often dedicated to an historical event, person, or landmark, i.e. 9/11 or the former Fillmore East, or simply act as sign-posts and markers. The works are, for the most part, created using recycled materials, built to last, unique to the city, and add a great deal to the quality of life in the neighborhood. In 1988, Jim was authorized by the DOT to build up to 80 light poles. In 2004, he was inducted into the City Lore Peoples Hall of Fame and received an official proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg recognizing him for his selfless contribution to the city. Over the years, Jim's work has been featured in countless television programs, newspapers, books and magazines worldwide.
All that, and Jim has never received any significant funding for his project from the city or outside groups. And, unfortunately, due to vandalism and destruction, only about a quarter of the lamp posts that make up the original trail are still fully intact.
So, he turns to you...
Now, you can help support the rebuilding of The Legendary Mosaic Trail!
Jim is as excited as ever to continue his work so that generations to come will enjoy where his whimsical imagination has taken him and his work throughout the years. He hopes you’ll join him on his quest to leave a lasting mark on the city and complete the trail!
What Jim Needs & What You Get
Jim seeks to raise $80,000 that will go toward rebuilding approximately half of the damaged lamp poles along The Mosaic Trail.
Not only will your contribution help support the rebuilding of a part of New York City history, but you will also receive exciting and unique perks related to the trail itself, from stickers or T-shirts featuring Jim's designs, to one-of-a-kind original pieces of art or "artwear," to opportunities to have your image or brand included on a pole for all to see! Read through the perks at right for all the details!
Proceeds will go toward supporting all facets of the rebuilding of the trail:
- Crew: two teams of up to four workers who will assist Jim with all prepwork, as well as help build out the poles in the field.
- Artistic Materials: tile, salvaged dishware, glass, etc. (Material donations are welcome! Contact Jim if you have materials to offer).
- Construction Materials & Tools: glue, grout, mesh, sealer, cutters, scrapers, sponges
- Transportation: as you can see in the video above, Jim has severe hip deterioration and is partially disabled. Transportation of people and materials to and from work sites, be it by bus, cab, or motorized scooter will help streamline the daily routine and provide Jim and the crew as much time and relief as possible from the hardships of this very physical work so it may continue unabated.
"My master plan is to draw the anxiety out of the city with beauty." – Jim Power
2012 was quite the year for Jim. With a renewed sense of purpose, he had one of the most prolific creative periods of his artistic career. From signage and a series of murals at several local businesses and residential buildings, to various workshops, his involvement with the Tiles For America 9/11 Memorial, producing one-of-a-kind mosaic belt buckles for his Etsy shop, and his continued work on The Legendary Mosaic Trail, Jim was extremely busy!
And his work did not go unnoticed. Jim’s work was featured in The New York Post, The New York Times, The Villager, The Etsy Blog, and he was thrilled when National Geographic named his Mosaic Trail a top downtown destination in their recently published guidebook, “Walking New York.” He was most recently selected as a Featured Artist at the first ever Etsy Holiday Pop-up Shop in SoHo.
But, Jim’s not out for fame. He makes his art for the community that he loves and that loves him so dearly in return. He is, most of all, thankful for the continued support from the people throughout the years. 2013 actually marks the 25th Anniversary since The Village Voice coined the name “Mosaic Man” for Jim. Time sure does fly, but Jim has no plans to slow down. His major aim for the coming years is to see his series of 80 lamp poles along The Legendary Mosaic Trail to completion.
Jim actually started his very first mosaic lamp pole on Memorial Day weekend, so there would be no more fitting way for "The Mosaic Man" to mark the occasion than for him to start on the rebuilding following a successful campaign 25 years later!
Help Jim fund his campaign by Friday, May 24th and join him as he completes his masterpiece!
Thank you in advance for your generous contribution.
— Jim Power, aka The Mosaic Man
P.S. Don't forget to help spread the word about the campaign, too!
- Use the Indiegogo share tools above to tell your friends about the project!
- And keep up with all the latest from Jim:
On his official website MosaicManNYC.com