For the Sake of Hotel Art: The Ace NYC's Graffiti Tag Mural
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: The Ace Hotel New York's staircase of graffiti tags by Michael Anderson
No hotel in New York right now is as hipster-packed and new art-laden as The Ace. Assuming you can find a sit in the dank, dark (but uber-scanestery) lobby, you'll be able to look around at some of the quirkiest hotel art to appear in the last few years. Just up and behind the huge "A" on the central staircase (which doesn't really lead anywhere), the wall is noticeably covered in black and white stickers. This is a mural by artist Michael Anderson, a compilation of his 20+ years of collection graffiti tags from around the city.
No, he didn't remove each sticker from his collection and tack it up there; rather he photocopied, cut and placed them individually, held up there with something a bit stronger than Mod Podge, one would hope.
The first time we ever set foot in The Ace's lobbyway back in May 2009we noticed that the mural was still in progress. At the time, Anderson had commandeered half of the lobby's long study table for his project, where he had lain out his tools and his copies. Those were the days before the lobby became a refuge for digital nomads, however. Now it's far easier to check it out up close when you're staying at the Ace and you're nosing about the place during off hours.