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Neighbors and Artists Mourn the Loss of Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz

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Graffiti mecca 5 Pointz erased overnight
by Laurel Babcock and Bob Fredericks
New York Post
November 19, 2013

Even Banksy couldn’t save this graffiti landmark.

New York Graffiti Landmark 5 Pointz Continues To Appeal Demolition

Furious street art fans were in mourning Tuesday after the owners of 5 Pointz had the graffiti Mecca in Long Island City whitewashed overnight.

“They’ve officially painted over 5 Pointz @5PointzNYC – my commute won’t be the same,” tweeted William McGinn, one of hundreds of supporters who took to Twitter to bemoan the loss.

“WOW. 5 pointz is gone, painted white overnight by the owner with police protection,” added Dynamics.

The warehouse is owned by developers Jerry and David Wolkoff and will now face the wrecking ball.

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Curators and managers of the project accused Jerry Wolkoff of purposely ruining the art to sabotage their efforts to get the building landmarked. They said they were prepared to submit more than 20,000 landmark forms to the Landmarks Commission this week, 1,000 of which were collected during a rally on Saturday.

“It’s vandalism from the guys who want the building back,” said Marie Flageul, a lead organizer to save 5 Pointz. “This is a tragedy. It’s a signature Jerry Wolkoff move. If things don’t go his way, he takes them in his own hands. This is artistic murder.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Improv Everywhere: When Harry Met Sally in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


When Harry Met Sally In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 7)

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For our latest mission we recreated the famous fake orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally with 20 women in Katz’s Deli. This was staged without the knowledge of the restaurant, though thankfully they all seemed to love it.

Watch the video

This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge

For more of the story and photos, visit here.

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Must-have Bacon Accessories

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From Andrea: Everybody loves bacon…


From Natalie Luder Design

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And, from J&D Foods, with products including bacon lip balm and bacon coffins:

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via Découvrez le fou-lard, une sublime écharpe impression bacon

Company of Thieves

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From Artists Denial and Ben Frost:


Company of Thieves

Canadian artist Denial and Australian born Ben Frost have joined forces in a bold exhibition of new work that explores the boundaries of appropriation, in confronting re-imaginings of our current dystopian society.

Inner State Gallery
October 18 – November 15
1410 Gratiot, Eastern Market
Detroit, Michigan
313-774-6505 / info@innerstategallery.com

Self-confessed ‘visual thieves’, both artists have had a long history of stealing and subverting the cultural icons that the advertising and consumerist world has thrust upon us, to create new and pertinent interpretations that are as confronting as they are humorous.

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Denial and Frost formed an instant friendship since their meeting in Canada in 2011 and have been creating engaging street and gallery work ever since. ‘Company of Thieves’ sees their collaboration push further, with large and small-scale works that reference Pop Art, Graffiti and the corporate world they rebel against.

Mike Merrill, Human IPO

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An interesting metaphor for the merging of life and work…


Meet the Man Who Sold His Fate to Investors at $1 a Share
by Joshua Davis
Wired
March 28, 2013

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On January 26, 2008, a 30-year-old part-time entrepreneur named Mike Merrill decided to sell himself on the open market. He divided himself into 100,000 shares and set an initial public offering price of $1 a share. Each share would earn a potential return on profits he made outside of his day job as a customer service rep at a small Portland, Oregon, software company. Over the next 10 days, 12 of his friends and acquaintances bought 929 shares, and Merrill ended up with a handful of extra cash. He kept the remaining 99.1 percent of himself but promised that his shares would be nonvoting: He’d let his new stockholders decide what he should do with his life.

Read the full article here.

Improv Everywhere: The Matrix in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere:


The Matrix In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 4)

For our latest mission we sent Neo from the Matrix into Macy’s in New York City to shop for a new “man dress.” As Neo talked to a confused sales associate in the mens suits department, over 30 “Agent Smith” clones suddenly appeared, pouring out of elevators and escalators surrounding the area. An entirely unauthorized slow motion battle ensued, similar to the famous fight scene in The Matrix Reloaded. It’s the Matrix sequel you’ve always wanted: Macy’s Reloaded.

This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker


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Banksy Keeps on Trucking

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Some recent highlights from Banksyny.com


October 22, Queens:

No turn unstoned. A 1/36 scale replica of the great Sphinx of Giza made from smashed cinderblocks. You’re advised not to drink the replica Arab spring water.

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October 20, Upper West Side:

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Improv Everywhere: Lord of the Rings In Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


Lord of the Rings In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 3)

For our latest mission we recreated the famous “You shall not pass!” scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, placing Gandalf the Grey on Central Park’s iconic Bow Bridge. Rather than facing off against a Balrog as he did on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, this time Gandalf faced an even more daunting foe, Central Park tourists. The tourists proved to be too powerful for Gandalf, as nearly every one was able to successfully pass.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker


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WISH, by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada

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From Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada:


Urban art reaches epic proportions in Belfast

For the 2013 Ulster Bank Belfast International Festival at Queen’s, Cuban-American Artist, Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, has created WISH, a portrait of an anonymous local girl photographed by the artist in the process of making a pure and simple wish for the future. Spanning an 11 acre site in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the photographic image of this girl – made of topsoil, sand, grass and stones – can be seen from various locations around Belfast. This innovative public artwork pushes boundaries and uses cutting edge technologies, making it one of the most ambitious land art projects in the world.

Making WISH was no easy task. With 30,000 wooden stakes, 2,000 tonnes of soil, and 2,000 tonnes of sand, the WISH team had just four weeks to complete one of the largest realistic portraits the world has ever seen. (more…)

Banksy Carries On

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From Deborah, Michael, & Toni:

Banksy’s month long New York show “Better Out Than In” continues. Here’s work found in the streets from October 11-14, 2013.


October 14, 2013, Queens

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Says Banksy:

Some people criticize me for using sources that are a bit low brow (this quote is from ‘Gladiator’) but you know what? “I’m just going to use that hostility to make me stronger, not weaker” as Kelly Rowland said on the X Factor.


October 13, 2013, Banksy originals sold for $60 each in Central Park

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Want to know who bought them and how much they were worth? Read about it here.


October 12, 2013, Concrete Confessional (more…)

Improv Everywhere: Indiana Jones in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


Indiana Jones In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 2)

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For our latest mission we recreated the famous boulder chase scene from Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark in New York’s Central Park. A man dressed as Indiana Jones ran through the park with the golden idol as he was chased by a man in an enormous custom-built boulder costume. The chase started in Central Park’s Ramble, a wooded area that resembles the location from the film. The chase continued through more populated parts of the park, surprising tourists and sun-bathing New Yorkers alike. The project ended with Indy attempting to return the idol to the American Museum of Natural History.

This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

For credits, photos and more info, visit Improv Everywhere.

Banksy’s in NYC: Better Out Than In

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From Marcy LaViollette: Banksy has taken up residency on the streets of NYC for the month of October, 2013


From Banksy’s Better Out Than In Website:

October 6 – No posts today due to shocking footage found on YouTube:

October 5

A New York delivery truck converted into a mobile garden (includes rainbow, waterfall and butterflies) will visit a different location every evening from dusk.

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Images found around town (some have already been tagged over) from October 2nd & 3rd: (more…)

Improv Everywhere: Rocky in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


Rocky in Real Life – Movies in Real Life (Episode 2)

For our latest mission we traveled to Philadelphia to recreate Rocky’s epic run in real life.

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The video takes inspiration from the training montages in both Rocky and Rocky II, and the final sequence includes a mob of 100 kids between the ages of 8 and 15 running with Rocky up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This project is the first in our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday this fall, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world. The series is created in the style of our 2010 Star Wars and Ghostbusters videos.

Mission report with more photos.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd, Produced by: Deverge, Music by Tyler Walker, Cast: Dan Black as Rocky.

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Fake Design Studio Satirizes Artists Who Value Style Over Substance

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From Emerson Dameron as seen on psfk.com:


Artist uses a tongue-in-cheek method to get noticed

Graphic Designer Amy West has created a brilliantly refreshing new project titled Grafik BS. The work sees a completely made-up design studio with its own fake Behance page aimed at an audience with a shallow understanding of design, or as West puts it, “those who have come to rely on the aesthetic qualities promoted by new technologies with graphic design.”

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The studio’s ‘page’ displays posters with meaningless messages giving users the ability to comment on her phony designs thus portraying our modern obsession with trends and style whether they be good, or bad. (more…)

Improv Everywhere: Conduct Us

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


For our latest mission, we put a Carnegie Hall orchestra in the middle of New York City and placed an empty podium in front of the musicians with a sign that read, “Conduct Us.” Random New Yorkers who accepted the challenge were given the opportunity to conduct this world-class orchestra. The orchestra responded to the conductors, altering their tempo and performance accordingly. This project was a collaboration with Carnegie Hall and Ensemble ACJW.

More photos here.

Created and Directed by: Charlie Todd: Produced by: Deverge; (more…)