Beyond the Streets

John Ahearn

New York City

After face-casting downtown artist friends in January of 1979, John Ahearn began casting local Bronx residents in the front window of the newly-established Fashion Moda art space. Rigoberto Torres, whose uncle had a statuary factory nearby, learned the process and joined Ahearn in an artistic partnership that remains in place to date. In the 1980s, the two installed several permanent sculpture murals in Bronx neighborhoods. The “Boxers” series was cast in Puerto Rico as a tribute to Caguas’ long history of producing professional boxers. Ahearn and Torres first cast Juan Manuel Lopez, who had just won a medal at the 2004 Olympics. The boys were amateur boxing brothers, Luis and Jon Kar, aged 11 and 12 at the time. Ahearn and Torres continue to collaborate on large-scale murals and life-cast portraits throughout the world.