Graffiti/Art: The Underbelly Project…

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The Underbelly Project Beneath NYC Streets

roa

Roa

“In early 2009, a project began four stories underneath the skin of New York. For nearly 100 years, a massive subway station sat unfinished, unused, and undiscovered. Over the course the last year, artists have been secretly escorted into this station to leave their creative mark. Unobstructed by the pressures of commercial sales, phone calls, or daily routines, each artist painted for one full night. The Underbelly Project is the result of the past year. At the close of the project, the entrance was removed and darkness reclaimed the space once again.”

jeff soto

Jeff Soto

smith

Smith/Sane x WK Interact

stormie remi

Stormie Mills x Remi/Rough

ethos mcity

Ethos x M-City

ginandes variousgould

Damon Ginandes x Various & Gould

jimdarling

Jim Darling x Thundercut

she1

She One

Stepping into the station was like stepping into a space outside of time. Utterly devoid of light, there was no way to mark the passage of time except for the occasional dull roar of a train in the distance. I had only a flashlight to light my way, yet it only barely cut into the inky blackness of the station. The air was cool and damp. My every step kicked up swirls of the rail dust that blanketed every surface. If it hadn’t been for the reassuring presence of familiar art adorning the walls, I might have quickly succumb to the illusion that I’d arrived amidst the remnants of a forgotten city.

aiko

Aiko

faile

Faile

momo

Momo

revok cease

Revok x Ceaze

darylp

Daryll Peirce

know hope2

Know Hope

rone surge

Rone x Surge

After my initial adrenalin rush subsided, I quickly got to work. I’ve never been happier about having invested in a solid tripod and it proved to be indispensable. I’d open the shutter and count out loud to myself – six, seven, eight seconds and longer – all the while painting the walls before me with the flashlight. Figures and faces emerged out of the darkness, briefly illuminated by a passing beam, before fading back into the shadows. Somewhere nearby, pipes clanked, the earth groaned and my heart beat a tick faster.

londonpolice swoon

The London Police x Swoon

spazmat2

Spazmat

demer

Demer

defeo flo meggs

Michael DeFeo x Ema x Meggs

joe lucy eltono

Joe Iurato x Guilerme x Lucy McLauchlan x El Tono

jmr2

JMR

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy every minute in the station. With each new discovery, I felt an enormous sense of joy, admiration, gratitude and pride. Even the most jaded followers of the street art scene cannot deny the singularity of this project. For once, finally, an effort to counteract the sanctioned, sanitized, sponsored and safe. For once, a project in which street art and graffiti are side by side, on equal terms, with none of the posturing and animosity of the streets.

ronenglish2

Ron English

danwitz

Dan Witz x Flying Fortress

asylum

Asylum x Lister

jeff stark et al

Jeff Stark x Indigo x Peru Ana Ana Peru x Meggs x Ripo

kidzoom gaia

Kid Zoom x Gaia

nohjcoley2

Noh J Coley

cash4

Cash4

boxi ethos

Boxi x Ethos

Emerging from the darkness, a warm breeze caressed my face and in an instance, normal life resumed. Although only a few hours had passed, it felt like an eternity. For more information, keep your eyes on The Underbelly Project.

(all images copyright Luna Park)

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  1. Dillon Glazebrook November 19th, 2010 6:57 am

    This is your chance to weigh in on the Underbelly Project!
    http://www.underbellyfilm.net
    please help us spread the word/ retweet
    thanks!

  2. $even#ert& November 21st, 2010 9:54 pm

    this is badass. thanks Z

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