Hell’s Kitchen’s most recent neighborhood addition is an executed work by Colossal for artist collaborative FAILE. The mural spans eight stories on one side of the building that used to house New York’s iconic Record Plant. It pays homage to the building’s history in FAILE’s signature aesthetic, sectioned and stacked in something of a Jenga-style mashup of depictions.
“When we first saw this wall, it was logistically bigger than anything we’ve tackled before,” Patrick Miller of FAILE told ANIMAL in an interview with Bucky Turco. Time constraints were also an obstacle, with their forthcoming exhibition at Dallas Contemporary opening in a matter of days. FAILE turned to Colossal to help execute the mural in order to meet their demanding deadlines. “Given the time limit with the Dallas show coming up, there was no way to make it all work,” Miller added.
“We still paint a lot of walls and paint walls all over the world. This was just one of those opportunities,” FAILE told Turco. Of working alongside our painters, FAILE said, “Working with the guys from Colossal is great. They’re really one of the best at what they do. It just seemed like a natural fit.”
The mural will remain in place indefinitely.