Monday, January 23, 2012

Brooklyn Street Art Duo Faile's Prayer Wheel Stolen from Bowery Mural

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM

The Faile mural at Bowery and Houston.
  • The Faile mural at Bowery and Houston.

Since the Brooklyn-based street art duo Faile (also known as the Patricks, or Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller) unveiled their mural at Houston Street and Bowery back in early November, the pair installed one of their distinctive prayer wheels—like the ones stolen from North 6th Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg—at the east end of the mural. But their latest spinning metal public sculpture has met with a similar fate to its predecessors.

The Faile prayer wheels sad stump at Bowery and Houston. (Photo courtesy Bowery Boogie)
  • The Faile prayer wheel's sad stump at Bowery and Houston. (Photo courtesy Bowery Boogie)

The pair's newest prayer wheel appeared a few days after the mural was finished right alongside it, and disappeared within two months. It was removed from its base, which remains bolted to the sidewalk outside 294 Bowery, Bowery Boogie reports. Unlike at least one of its predecessors, the latest stolen Faile prayer wheel has yet to show up on eBay. While we wait to see whether or not the Patricks will replace this one, as they did the wheel that disappeared from Kent Avenue—which, incidentally, has since been removed again—here's a recent interview in which the pair explain a pair of the most pervasive references in their work.

The Faile mural knows that nothing lasts forever.
  • The Faile mural knows that nothing lasts forever.

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