In collaboration with acclaimed curator and Grey Area co-founder Kyle DeWoody, The James New York-Soho has commissioned Brooklyn-based artist Paul Wackers to create an original public art mural for the hotel’s 6th Avenue façade.

Art has always been an important component of The James experience, and now the hotel’s new installation marks the first public-facing extension of the dedicated #artatthejames hotel art program. Created with its surrounding Soho neighborhood in mind, the piece engages visitors and locals by establishing a sense of familiarity in a seemingly impersonal city. A vibrant still life, it blurs the line between reality and abstraction—and possesses a playfulness through Wackers’ signature use of bright colors and dynamic composition.

The public art installation, entitled Slow Dance and the Daylight, is an intimate tableau of potted plants, personal mementos, shapes and lines, the latter lending themselves to the complex architecture of the hotel.

Guests, locals, and passersby are invited to join the conversation via social media and engage with the piece by sharing “selfies” captured in front of the mural. Select photos using the hashtag #jamespublicart will find their way to, which will exhibit a collection of images celebrating the inspiring interaction between people, art, and the public space. For more details, follow @jameshotels on Twitter or Instagram or check out

Slow Dance and the Daylight is displayed on the wall just below The James’ outdoor Urban Garden space, where ivy vines grow on a downward trajectory. This pre-existing greenery of the hotel will serve as an extension of the work, which often includes plant life, and bring it into the third dimension. Eventually the vines will partially engulf the wall and interact with the piece: our way of projecting some of the greenery out over the street.


Learn more about the artist and his work here

Read more on the #artatthejames program here