While we’re on the topic of District 36‘s imminent opening, I’d like to call attention to one of the finer details of the space: the Mint & Serf Art Installation. Sure, District 36 seeks to highlight their sound system-over-bar design and couch details, but their art installation is noteworthy. The house haven has commissioned world-renowned graffiti artists Mint & Serf to create works that celebrate nightlife, incorporating images of DJs, nightclubs, party invites and fliers, and club kids. The installation begins as clubbers descend the staircase into the first section of the venue, and continues to wow until the partiers make their way to the main room. The collaboration seems to be the perfect detail for a sparse space like District 36, and the winding installation set within the technology-based venue references the culmination of years of progress and change in NYC culture.
The installation has been done in collaboration with Red Bull, and it’s one that The Mirf (as the duo are sometimes known) are exceedingly excited about. “Having been inspired by NYC Nightlife of the ’80s and ’90s, we reached out to Lucien Samaha, Nightlife DJ/Photographer at the Limelight and Tunnel,” they say. “We wanted to create a site-specific piece, paying homage to legendary clubs such as Limelight, Twilo and the Tunnel, as well as the wild and cut loose revelers who made the scene thrive”.
Born in Moscow and Brooklyn respectively, Mint & Serf are Mikhail Sokovikov and Jason Aaron Wall. They took to the streets of NYC, which acted as a canvas for their creative vision, producing a vast range of artwork including large-scale murals, paintings, photographs, sculpture and graffiti. After launching The Canal Chapter in 2005 followed by The Stanton Chapter in 2008, Mint & Serf (otherwise known as The Mirf) have extraordinarily crossed relationships between street art and civic spaces. Most recently Mint & Serf curated rooms and created original art for ten rooms at the Ace Hotel, and in doing so, have set the bar high for originality and imagination. Mint & Serf have exhibited throughout the United States and abroad and have created commissioned work for Marc Jacobs, Nike, Red Bull, Ogilvy & Mather, Adidas,Yahoo, Boost Mobile, PowerHouse Books and many others.
Fun Fact: Within the art, located on the wall in the stairwell, there is a Steve Lewis shout out.