For this week's Mahal, the Lower East Side's Clayton Patterson introduced me to Jim Power, the legendary Mosaic Man. Over the last 25 years, the Mosaic Man has been creating the Mosaic Trail, a series of tile-encrusted lamp posts highlighting the people and places that the world and the Lower East Side have to offer.
According to Clayton, the project is one of the most photographed public sculptures in New York. “He’s one of the last few remaining characters on the Lower East Side,” Clayton said. “Gentrification made him homeless; eventually, gentrification cleaned out all the little nooks and crannies where creative individuals could live for very little money. When he was younger, he was in a band and played at the World’s Fair. Apparently, he was very good, but Vietnam changed his whole character.”
Sadly, it will take the Mosaic Man 12 more years to finish the Mosaic Trail on his own. That's why he's asking people to donate at indiegogo and hit him up on Paypal at NYCJIMPOWER@AOL.COM. Watch my interview with the Mosaic Man above, and then help him raise the funds to hire the help he needs to finish his iconic project celebrating the Lower East Side.