Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Underbelly Project

In 2009, 103 artists began a project several stories beneath the city of New York. A massive unfinished subway station has become the canvass for The Underbelly Project. An illegal art project that has drawn a lot of attention since its launch. Each of the street artists were given one full night to paint anything they wanted on their piece of the Station.

As reported by the New York Times:

"The show's curators, street artists themselves, unveiled the project for a single night, leading this reporter on a two-and-a-half hour tour. Determined to protect their secrecy, they offered the tour on condition that no details that might help identify the site be published, not even a description of the equipment they used to get in and out. And since they were (and remain) seriously concerned about the threat of prosecution, they agreed only to the use of street-artist pseudonyms."

The images are amazing...and this would be one of the largest shows of such pieces ever mounted in one place. The catch however, is that its not open to the public and the entrance was closed the same night it was opened to a select number of members of the press. I guess the pictures will have to do!



For more info and images check out The New York Times