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For his latest piece, Spanish urban intervention artist SpY installed 150 nonfunctional surveillance cameras on a nondescript wall in Madrid. The work, titled CAMERAS, is a monolithic reminder that you’re always being watched, no matter where you are, and there’s something aesthetically satisfying about its symmetry and repetition as well. SpY wouldn’t say where exactly the […]

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A clever, mischievous street artist has shrink-wrapped at least two polizeiautos in Cologne, Germany. A few German bloggers seem to think it’s the work of Spanish public space interventionist SpY, which seems credible as he’s pulled this kind of thing in NYC before. We’ve reached out to the artist to confirm. UPDATE: We heard back from SpY, who confirmed that […]

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Around NYC today–in places like the Financial District, Union Square, and Bedford Avenue–modified pedestrian traffic lights are displaying two orange towers and the message “9/11. Forward. Together.” in place of the usual flashing hand. Created by a group of international students from Miami Ad School Brooklyn, the intervention art is intended “to show people that sharing the memory […]

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Here’s an ingenious billboard intervention from the California Department of Corrections, a confusingly-named art group out of the Golden State. The piece flips the Pacific Rim tagline, “To fight monsters, we created monsters,” on its head, emblazoning each of the film’s giant robots with the names of a U.S. security agency–NSA, CIA, FBI, and ICE–and placing the […]

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The Oxford American Dictionary defines marriage as “the formal union of a man and woman by which they become husband and wife,” which, in 2013, is starting to look more than a little dated. To combat that, a group of anonymous artists printed stickers with an amended definition– “the formal union of two people by […]

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Come across a poster like the two above on your commute recently? Laid out in classic MTA style, but adorned with Orwellian imagery and an appropriately ambiguous hashtag, they warn of two possible hazards to your health: an upcoming “airborne non-toxic test” in which the NYPD will disperse “harmless, colorless gas” around the five boroughs, […]

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From the maker of the Baguette Pigeon Trap Florian Rivière, comes Advertising Carousel. The kinetic assemblage combines a spinning advertisement, shopping carts and babies. This street intervention doesn’t quite pack the same oomph as that giant spinning billboard hijacked by a couple of Czech Republic daredevils with mountain climbing gear, but just look at the little trooper, cooing […]

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Spanish street intervention art crew Luzinterruptus strikes again. The hell you want the people of Madrid to walk three miles to the nearest drinking fountain? Outrage! Or, rather, a gentle protest, as per usual, with temporary, glowing light installations. Ahh, luminescence. For action Drinking Water Running Through the Streets, the crew took over four broken […]

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The spinning cubical Alamo sculpture at Astor Place has been cozily wrapped by Caltech minions. While not as festive as Olek’s, this intervention got me giddy: The California Institute of Technology has a storied history of pranks. The hope was that this is some sort of a Trojan Horse in an epic nerdy rivalry battle […]

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Madrid’s light art crew Luzinterruptus has unleashed 75 mock surveillance cameras to intimidate the street posters of campaigning politicians to protest “the markets, loaded with unlimited power” that overthrow ” legitimate governments, imposing in their place a race of technocrats of suspect past.” Right. What they said, but boy, we could surely have used this […]

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