Mosaic man and his NYC lamppostVietnam vet Jim Power is a local celebrity in New York City known for his eclectic and colorful mosaic work on lampposts throughout the East Village.

He started what he calls the “Mosaic Trail,” in 1985. Each light pole is unique.

Dubbed the “Mosaic Man” in 1988, the city eventually gave him permission to continue his work on public property along with thanks from Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2004 for “beautifying the city with distinctful, artful mosaics.”

Only about a quarter of the lampposts that make up the original trail are still fully intact. Restoration funds have been raised recently — with the help of social media.

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The top video is new, from CBS News. The bottom video is excellent, and is from a fundraising campaign that in May earned more than $5000 for his work and to buy him a wheelchair.

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