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Just before dawn on Monday morning, artists erected a sculpture of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, atop the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park. Though it’s the latest artistic expressions inspired Snowden, it’s not the first and will certainly not be the last. Here’s a recap of this latest sculpture, and 5 other Edward Snowden monuments that have gone up around the world.

6. Fort Greene Park, Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, Brooklyn

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ANIMAL New York was on hand to document the creation and installation of “Prison Ship Martyrs Monument 2.0” in Fort Greene Park, and one of the artists, with voice altered in a video, says “It’s truly not just about the bust, it’s about the context. We feel its a continuation of a story that was started hundreds of years ago,” linking the story of Snowden to the many who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War, memorialized at the Fort Greene monument is martyrs towards American freedom.


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Art aficionados, culture vultures and unashamed aesthetes flock to Paris to see some of the best art in the world. From world class paintings, sculptures and architecture the city is bursting with top museums and art galleries–however, let’s not disregard what lies beneath the cobbled city streets.

The travel experts at the Paris Pass have gone underground to uncover the true beauty of Paris’ metro stations. From original art nouveau entrances, to cleverly curated platforms, the Paris subway system is a network worthy of much more than getting from A to B! There’s plenty to appreciate in terms of art and culture, so take your adventures to another level: under the busy streets of the French capital.


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Parisians and Paris visitors may recognize this particular Monoprix, a Target-like chain in France, in the Marais neighborhood at Reaumur Sebastopol. But down underneath the aisles are over 150 bodies discovered only when the supermarket attempted to expand, as reported by 20 Minutes and Messy Nessy Chic. This location, on Boulevard de Sébastopol, was the location of The Trinity Hospital cemetery that operated between the 12th and 18th centuries. While the bodies in most burial locations in Paris were relocated to the Catacombs two centuries ago, these were left.


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Parisian trainspotters have for years hoarded a special secret. It’s located next to the Metro Station Villiers in the 17th arrondissement, in a storage track that used to be a terminal loop for Metro Line 3 before it was extended. Inside, some very old trains lie dormant, their slumber undisturbed by regular visits by spray painters and photographers. Most of them are in an advanced state of decay.

Soon, this heritage will be gone, the trains will receive judgement: damned to dismantlement, or, for a select few deemed the most emblematic and unique, blessed with preservation. Take a tour with us today in this photo series taken over the course of two months from December 2014 to January 2015 of the abandoned trains, as well as a warehouse for restored metro cars.


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By day, Charles Leval is an artist and teacher in Paris. In his spare time, he’s a street artist that goes by the name Levalet and has been adding some humor onto the streets of Paris since at least 2012. Often using objects already embedded into walls, his wheat paste works plays on the architecture of the streets themselves. While this style of work inevitably draws comparison to Banksy, he also institutes an almost still-life like method, perhaps from his training as an artist, by inserting found objects into his scenes from books, umbrellas, pool cues, wine glasses to even an electric piano. Others pieces have a time lapse nature to them.


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We previously published about Gustav Eiffel’s fabulous apartment inside the Eiffel Tower, with a modern-day image but Messy Nessy just surfaced some vintage photographs of the shabby chic apartment where he entertained guests like Thomas Edison. The photographs were taken by the “Neurdein brothers” the official photographers of the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. Here is a link to more of the images of the apartment which was on the fourt floor (285 meters above the ground, reads the caption).