Staten Island, NY – Local-area artist Cody Prez has brought a literal storm to Staten Island with his 2,000 sq. ft., Wu-Tang Clan-inspired mural, “Climate Change Ain’t Nuttin To Mess With.”
Taking its name from the Wu-Tang Clan classic, “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit,” Prez initially designed the mural during Hurricane Maria and presented a similar, scaled-down version of the final mural on his Instagram page.
Prez then teamed up with Staten Island Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs to place a large-scale version of the mural on the building of the Richmond Hood Company. Richmond Hood, a Staten Island-based clothing atelier, is located in the famed “Artist Alley” district.
The mural has both the direct involvement and the blessing of several Wu-Tang members and Redman, and Prez received help from the kids at IS61. Using the hashtag #HurricaneWu, Prez not only created a community-based project, but he spoke to worldwide themes by promoting climate change awareness. The goal with the #HurricaneWu initiative is to spark interest from the younger generation, who’ll ultimately grow into lawmakers that can implement environmental protection legislation.
CLIMATE CHANGE ! “ Aint Nuttn To Mess Wit “ Artwork by @prezarecta RESEARCH CLIMATE CHANGE ! If This Problm Not Resolved The Future Of The Planet is at HIGH ALERT ! COME TO THEE UNVAILING OF THIS HISTORICAL PIECE ! June 30th RichmondHood Co 827 Castleton Ave Staten Island NY @mathematicswu @richmondhoodco @redmangilla Thanx to the Students at IS 61 for takn Action !
When the creator himself of the infamous Wu tang W comes theu to poly and show love for my work, its inspirational in itself, and most definitely a humbling session. Peace god @mathematicswu ✌🏽✌🏽.. Save the date, tomorrow 6/30 12-4 for the public unveiling celebration of this mega project along w myself and @richmondhoodco @redmangilla .. funded by @statenarts and @nyculture .. support by with much gratitude with @jjtowing_inc @ghtowed @_preferredautobody @alltirecompany @tom_and_company @projectivity @5050skatepark @flagcontainer @wutangclan @onewonderco @watters_plumbing_supply @tristatecorp #hurricanewu #prez #richmondhoodco
Save the date, this sat 6/30 for the public unveiling/celebration from 12-4 @richmondhoodco 827 castleton ave SINY… a public awareness install mixed with some education, and some staten island history from the illest clan in the land.. powered by @statenarts headlined by @redmangilla and supported by @mathematicswu of the @wutangclan .. this 2000 sq ft 2 story project has been a year in the making in grant applications, donations, planning and strategizing, to completion. There are 12 other artist who also blessed the walls of #artistally so be sure to come ill, chill, and get a fill of some fresh new works 💪🏽 SEE YOU THERE !!! #hurricanewu #prez #richmondhoodcompany #redman #mathematics #wutangclan #statenarts #deptofculturalaffairs #statenisland #shaolin #art