Against Our Will
After years of walking along the streets of New York, past what must add up to miles of street art, I’ve never really seen anything that stopped me dead. As it happens, I saw this out of the corner of my shades as I navigated the doe-eyed freshman of NYU when it hit me – like a brick.
This piece of street art by Teofilo Olivieri, who paints on the cover of old library books is downright arresting. Not only does it comment on the place of books in our iCulture (which includes me), but this particular pioneering volume, by Susan Brownmiller; Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape takes on a loud second life. Conspicuously inscribed in hunter’s orange, the pig icon, forces something all together unwelcome on the cover of this book.
And there it was, gently resting against the tiled facade of HSBC on 6th Ave & 3rd Street. Magic.