After featuring the massive mural by the Miami crew MSG on a previous post, titled Basel Recap, it has been a goal of WynwoodMurals to revisit this piece in more depth for the site. Photo editor Diana Larrea was finally able to capture the wall without obstructions, and after a few calls I was able to catch up with the elusive Quake for a little bit of the story behind their latest wall.
Say what you want about localism, but for MSG it was a matter of principle. This is, should be and will always be a Miami wall. However, there was only one way to tackle this beast; and that was if the whole crew came together. It took about 15 heads and a few days of work just to buff the wall. They all agreed, the mural would be a "Miami Style" version of Star Wars.
Full view of the Star Wars Tribute Mural at the RC Cola Plant
"We knew Star Wars was dropping a new movie in December, and that it would make a big impact if we created a Miami Style version of it in time for Art Basel, with lots of bad guys, rims & speakers on the Sandcrawler, and lots of pink".
Cale of K25 Crew in action
MSG was founded in Miami in 1993. Most members live in South Florida, although recently the crew has expanded to NY, LA, SF, ATL and Santa Fe.
"Cale was the one artist that isn’t officially MSG but made some major contributions to the wall. He’s an old school LA head from K2S crew. But he’s basically family. And he killed it with the C3P0 head".
Toys get incinerated by the Jawas loyal to the MSG federation
And then, halfway through the process, a small set back; the wall's owner. While the wall that surrounds the old RC Cola Plant has been the domain of Miami crews for decades, it now has a new owner. And that owner is Mana Urban Arts, who happened to be producing an event with New York's Bushwick Collective for Miami Art Week. However, in this town MSG has serious muscle and, an agreement was made between all parties. With the blessing of the Bushwick Collective's curator the boys were back in the game.
"At first we were a little upset, we thought we were going to be pushed out, and that the outside perimeter wall (which is always painted by locals) was going to be painted over too. But credit to Joe at Bushwick for understanding the politics, and making sure locals were involved".
Your sandcrawler will get covered Miami Style, if you leave it parked for too long.
If the new owners ever remove the RC Cola sign, Tusken Raiders shall revolt...