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An art installation has taken over an entire building in the Bowery

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Howard Halle

If you’re planning on strolling down Bowery on your way to the New Museum or one of the area’s several galleries, you might want to check out the citizenM Hotel at at 189 Bowery, which just unveiled an art installation on its facade. It features 62 photo portraits of local residents and workers. Each fills a window on the side facing the street, making it look like a bunch of giant faces peering out of the building.

Photograph: Chris Cooper

“Citizens of the Bowery,” as the installation is called, is the brainchild of Lower East Side-based activist, art director and photographer Christelle de Castro, and features images of luminaries associated with the neighborhood, among them: Kembra Pfahler, lead singer and founder of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black; performance personality and paper mache sculptor, HAPI PHACE; and legendary Village Voice scribe, Michael Musto.

Photograph: Christelle de Castro

The installation will be up until the hotel’s expected opening in August.

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