The Bean in Chicago’s Millenium Park will also be featured as part of Statue Stories Chicago.
A new project here in Chicago is launching this week in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The project is called Statue Stories Chicago, an idea which first launched in parks in Britain and Chicago is now the first US city to feature the attraction. 31 statues in Lincoln Park will feature new icons that Chicagoans and tourists can scan with their smart phones and then receive a phone call from ‘the statue’ informing them of who they are and providing a small bit of history behind the statue as well. For example, if you were to scan the icon next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln, you would receive a phone call from Abraham Lincoln, whose voice is provided by actor John C. Reilly (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step-Brothers). The project is the work of Colette Hiller, who has worked with theaters around the city, including Second City, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, and The Looking Glass, to bring the attractions to life. Other actors taking part in the project include Steve Carrell (The Office, Little Miss Sunshine), David Schwimmer (Friends, Six Days Seven Nights), and Chicago-native Bob Newhart (The Bob Newhart Show, Elf), who provides the voice for his own statue at Navy Pier. So if you’re in Lincoln Park be sure to check out these new talking statues!
October 1st, British artist Banksy took to the streets of New York City launching a month long residency entitled “Better Out Than In”. Yesterday the people of Paris were greeted with the above stencil, today they saw the second; is this the beginning of round 2? Banksy has taken to the web in similar fashion to “Better Out Than In” with a website titled “Back To The Roots”. As for now there’s no official info regarding a second residency but everything is lining up right, guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.
Palace skateboards recently signed Danny Brady to their skate team. To celebrate they’ve compiled a 4 minute video featuring their newest addition. Check out the clip above and stay tuned for more Danny Brady as he makes himself home on the British skate team.
A little late on this one, but British street artist Banksy has finally concluded his “Better Out Than In” residency of New York City. His final piece is a simple balloon print stencil of his name, complete with a jpeg image of his signature NYC t-shirt. Word on the street is that the city of New York has already erased the tag, however a lot of the other pieces can still be found around the city. Banksy left the NYC print up to his fans to actually go out and get printed for clothing purposes, if you’re interested it’s 100% up to you. No news on what’s next for the Brit, but we’re sure it wont be long before he makes his mark again.
Banksy continues his “Better Out Than In” campaign with an interesting piece located in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood. The piece shows a “caught in the act” looking robot spray painting a barcode while a pigeon flies from the scene. Initially one might be confused by the image, but upon further inspection you’ll come to find a few discreet clues. The numbers under the barcode read “132741”, when plugged into google; the number set is the exact set indicating the number code for navy blue. No confirmation on whether there is any correlation, but the NYPD wears a strikingly similar shade of blue and many have interpreted the pigeon as another warning that the police are present (Training Day). Reading in too much? Maybe, either way another dope piece from the British street artist; stay tuned for the conclusion to “Better Out Than In” this week.
British street artist Banksy’s Day 27 piece might be taking shots at The New York Times. He originally planned to have his op-ed featured in the paper, however they declined (obviously) his submission. In response Banksy took his talents to the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn where he painted the above stencil regarding censorship. Not sure if this was all apart of the plan, it’ll be interesting to see what he cooks up for these final days; stay tuned.
As we enter the final stretch of Banksy’s “Better Out Than In” campaign, the British street artist again throws convention to the wind with this 1/36 scale re-interpretation of the Great Sphinx. Located in Queens, New York; Banksy constructed the replica out of smashed cinder blocks and states “Don’t drink the water” in his satirical style. Who knows how long this one will be on display, hopefully the people of New York leave it be for at least a couple of days; stay tuned for more as “Better Out Than In” continues.
Banksy is on fire right now, just incase if you’ve been living under a rock the past 21 days; the British street artist is now on day 21 of his “Better Out Than In” street exhibition within the confines of New York City. His most recent piece features the signature style that we’ve all grown accustomed to, the piece depicts a young lad tagging “Ghetto 4 Life” accompanied by his butler. Playful yet satirical the piece is located in New York City’s South Bronx section displaying a stark contrast with it’s environment. Peep the above piece and stay tuned for Day 22, lord knows what the man, the myth has in store for “Better Out Than In’s” final stretch.
British artist Banksy continues his New York City residency with yet another piece said to be located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Getting back to his stenciled roots, the piece depicts a child playing the classic “strong arm” carnival game complete with a bell. After jumping into the pool of multi-media, Banksy brings it home with another creative mark on the city of New York, stay tuned for more as his residency continues.