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JR Flatiron Pasting-Giant Man Walking-NYC

On the cover of this special new issue of The New York Times Magazine is a massive JR street art piece on the pedestrianized Flatiron Plaza next to Madison Square Park photographed from a helicopter. The wheat pasted image of a man (recent Brooklyn immigrant Elmar Aliyev from Azerbaijan) walking, made of 62 large strips of printed paper, was tweeted out by Jake Silverstein, editor in chief of the magazine, this morning.

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Bushwick Collective, Troutman Street, Brooklyn 3

We’ve been following the development of Sketchfab for a while, a YouTube of sorts for 3D objects (they were even nice enough to 3D scan the Untapped Cities team in December). We’ve also been noticing a good number of 3D street art scans pop up in the database, particularly in New York City, which is a great addition to Sketchfab’s existing institutional partnerships with museums like Cooper-Hewitt and British Museum to 3D scan their collections.

What makes the Sketchfab scans unique to say, the Google Street Art Project is the ability to see how street art is applied and adapted to the three-dimensional street. The collection in New York City highlights the Bushwick Collective‘s work in Brooklyn along with some other pieces like one of Karl Lagerfeld.

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untapped cities-photo pool-street art-BobSchled 1Fight for Street Art by bobschled

New York City is known for its dynamic street art. You’ve probably seen our monthly roundup of the best street art pieces in the city, but our readers are also actively photographing the subject as seen in this week’s collection below.

Hashtag #UntappedCities on Instagram and Twitter if you would like to have one of your photos entered in the running for our weekly “Best Of”column. Also, you can keep an eye on what contributors and readers are checking out by browsing the live feed.

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PETA has been leveraging the power of street art recently, particularly in the United Kingdom. After chicken feet starting appearing all over London by New York City street artist Dan Witz, the latest is a guerrilla installation of donated furs, adapted into animal shapes around Dublin. This installation is by street artist Solus using fur coats from those who have changed their mind about the fur industry. Accompanying each piece is a sticker that leads to BanFurFarms.net, where they can join a growing list of over 30,000 people calling on Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to ban fur farms. Says Solus, “Re-shaping the fur coats into animals is a way to remind us of the life it that once inhabited those garments.”

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Eric Snowden Bust-Fort Greene Park-Prison Ship Martyrs Monument-NYCPhoto by Aymann Ismail/ANIMAL New York

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

Eric Snowden Bust-Fort Greene Park-Prison Ship Martyrs Monument-NYC-2Photo by Aymann Ismail/ANIMAL New York

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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In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels. 

The cold of winter is finally behind us. Spring is returning to New York City and that means more art can be found on the streets. Goodbye big heavy coats and hello galleries and murals. Some of you may be rusty because you’ve been inside all winter, but the artists featured here kept working during the unpredictable weather this month. Here are five pieces of extraordinary art from some of NYC’s most popular graffiti and street artists, all waiting to be found and Instagrammed.  (more…)