Hypergraphia, Artworks on Used Coffee Cups at the Flatiron Building

Hypergraphia by Gwyneth Leech

Hypergraphia by Gwyneth Leech

Hypergraphia by Gwyneth Leech

Artist Gwyneth Leech creates intricate paintings and drawings on used coffee cups. Since September of last year, Leech has been filling the Sprint Prow ArtSpace at the Flatiron Building in Manhattan with hundreds of coffee cup artworks (more than 700 at last count). She can be seen working in the art space Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 2pm. The project, entitled “Hypergraphia,” runs through February 18.

I like my hot coffee or tea in a paper take-out cup, like millions of my fellow citizens. Even better than the contents, I like the used cup as a surface to draw and paint on. And before I begin I like to inscribe the date, location and occasion on which the beverage was consumed so that every cup becomes the record of a social moment.

photo 1 and 3 by Gwyneth Leech, photo 2 by Bernard Klevickas