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Coney Island outdoor exhibit is bringing street art to the amused masses

A street art carnival is underway at Coney Island this summer.

Thirty artists selected by nationally renowned curator Jeffrey Deitch are transforming temporary walls under the open sky in a former empty lot into works of art.

Often creating the works in front of live audiences, the artists say working at Coney Island adds a jolt to their creativity. The project got underway earlier in the spring, but there are still walls to be filled up, and plenty of opportunities for visitors to see the artists working in real-time.

While some of the works respond directly to the iconic surroundings, others do not. "For me, I didn't feel like it was necessary to address Coney Island," said Buff Monster, a Brooklyn-based artists with a fondness for cartoons, ice cream and the color pink.

Buff, as friends call him, chose to create an homage to Sebastiano Ricci's 18th century "Hercules at the Crossroads" that depicts the strongman between the two forces of Virtue and Vice. Of course, Buff has changed it a "a little bit" with Hercules and Vice and Virtue depicted as ice cream cones.

"I think an allegory like this is nice for the kids and the environment," Buff said.

Here's a look at Buff's work and a few of the others that have been completed in recent weeks. Coney Art Walls, presented by Thor Equities, can be seen at the lot on Bowery Street, West 15th Street and Stillwell Ave.

Marie Roberts

Children play in front of a mural by
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

Children play in front of a mural by Marie Roberts at the entrance to the Coney Art Walls show. Roberts said most of the people in the painting represented individuals who worked at Coney Island in the 1920s.

Jane Dickson

Jane Dickson, of New York City, works on
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

Jane Dickson, of New York City, works on her mural. "i love it," she said of being able to paint in front of the public." "It becomes partially a performance."

Futura

A work by pioneering abstract street artist Futura.
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

A work by pioneering abstract street artist Futura.

Lady Aiko

Lady Aiko is a Japanese-born artist working in
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

Lady Aiko is a Japanese-born artist working in New York City since the 1990s.

Lady Pink

Ecuadorian-born artist Lady Pink has been creating works
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

Ecuadorian-born artist Lady Pink has been creating works of graffiti art since the 1970s.

Shepard Fairey

A fragment of a mural by Shepard Fairey.
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

A fragment of a mural by Shepard Fairey.

Ben Eine

Artist Ben Eine is known for his works
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

Artist Ben Eine is known for his works that rely heavily on type.

Maya Hayuk

Maya Hayuk is a Brooklyn-based artist who regularly
Photo Credit: Martha Cooper

Maya Hayuk is a Brooklyn-based artist who regularly splashes her canvases or walls with vibrant, almost fluorescent color.

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