Chinatown Street with Bloody Past Now a Bright Piece of Art

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Sarah Kolodny
Dongfan is using his 4800 square foot asphalt canvas to present “The Song of Dragon and Flower”, which is meant to express the significance of the street with a very dark past, along with it's significance to the history of Asian American immigration to the US.
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Sarah Kolodny
Artist Chen Dongfan was chosen by the New York City Department of Transportation and Chinatown Partnership to display this season’s Doyers Street 'Seasonal Street' public design.
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A Seasonal Street is a designated street chosen to be transformed into a colorful and vibrant welcoming space during the summer season. Dongfan is using his 4800 square foot asphalt canvas to present “The Song of Dragon and Flower."
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Sarah Kolodny
The work is meant to express the significance of the street and the history of Asian American immigration to the United States.
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Sarah Kolodny
But the street has its own bloody history.
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Sarah Kolodny
Doyers Street became known as “the Bloody Angle” due to numerous shootings that occurred in the 1930s. Law-enforcement officials told "The New York Times" that there were more violent deaths at this spot than any other street intersection in the country.
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Dongfan is focusing on the spirit of the dragon, as it has symbolic value for strength and power in Chinese culture.
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Sarah Kolodny
The flowers that are seen throughout the street are to symbolize peace as acknowledgement and respect for the history it is painted on.
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