Art Takes Over (How did I miss this?!?)

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I was out and about a bit this lovely and toasty weekend, so I’m scratching my head as to how I didn’t know about the “New York Street Advertising Takeover.” Organized by Jordan Seiler, 120 illegal billboards were white-washed and reclaimed by 50 artists. These advertisements are not registered with the city and are therefore illegal, and though the companies that put up these ads are not being prosecuted by the City of New York, we’re all inundated with these advertisements in our public spaces.

by Ji Lee

by Clarina Bezzola

photo by Will Sherman, see more

photo by Will Sherman, see more

Yay Guerrilla Art! The sad bit being that some pieces have already been recovered. It’s a pity that these billboard spaces aren’t given to artists in the first place; because our city, which at least used to be known for our abundant artistic talents is becoming more and more a slave to corporations, slowly but surely erasing culture, art, and design from our daily lives until all we recognize are brands. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have public street art encouraged in these spaces? There could be walking tours. And open discussions. It could be nice.

via cronicasbarbaras.com,Wooster Collective

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