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Scaffolding-St Patrick's Cathedral-Fifth Avenue-Anderson Moran-NYC-4St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 50th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Anderson Moran.

Last August, The New York Times shed light on an often-ignored piece of temporary infrastructure–the scaffolding–via a photographic seriesBiLLY BoY, the blog of Manhattan-based architecture and design firm, William Green Architecture, got inspired and did their own series, with photographs by Anderson Moran. The website, which just recently came to our attention, has been exploring what they deem “matters that are rarely, if ever explored.” Can scaffolding be beautiful? You be the judge:

Scaffolding-St Patrick's Cathedral-Fifth Avenue-Anderson Moran-NYC-2St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 50th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Anderson Moran.

As they write on BiLLY BoY, “We immediately accept these temporary, spiny structures into our daily commutes, taking refuge from the rain or respite from the beating sun. Suddenly, they vanish, revealing a satisfying and sudden makeover from the last time we’ve had an unobstructed view. But in that interim, scaffolding impresses in its own right, wrapping up every geometric shape, be it spire or sphere, into its tight grid with the fine regularity of a honeycomb.”

The photos in this series take us from St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue to Canal Street to Broad Street.

Scaffolding-St Patrick's Cathedral-Fifth Avenue-Anderson Moran-NYC-3St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 50th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Anderson Moran.

Scaffolding-St Patrick's Cathedral-Fifth Avenue-Anderson Moran-NYCSt. Patrick’s Cathedral, 50th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Anderson Moran.

Scaffolding-Canal Street-Chinatown-Anderson Moran-NYC-2Canal Street, Chinatown. Photo by Anderson Moran.

Scaffolding-Canal Street-Chinatown-Anderson Moran-NYCCanal Street, Chinatown. Photo by Anderson Moran.

Scaffolding-Broad Street-Chinatown-Anderson Moran-NYC-2Broad Street near Battery ParkPhoto by Anderson Moran.

Scaffolding-Fifth Avenue-Anderson Moran-NYC-251st Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Anderson Moran.

Scaffolding-Fifth Avenue-Anderson Moran-NYC46th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Anderson Moran.

Scaffolding-Fifth Avenue-Anderson Moran-NYC-355th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Anderson Moran.

For more untapped exploration, check out the history of all the functionally named streets in NYC like Force Tube Road and more.

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