Street Art Exhibit in New York City’s Basement
“The Underbelly Project”, as they call it, is a very special street art exhibition in an abandoned underground subway station. It was never open to the public and was kept completely secret for a long time (giving it the ultimate “street cred”.) The exhibit was invite only and exclusive to 103 highly acclaimed street artists from all over the world that were asked to paint big murals on the walls of the station. The project was started by street artists PAC and Workhorse who heard about it from an acquaintance who clearly specializes in finding illegal workplaces. The two gave one reporter the opportunity for a 2 and a half hour tour under the condition that nothing be revealed of the location or the participants, other than their street pseudonym. Apparently the only way to get to the spot was to wait at a running subway stop until no one was there, and then take some type of secret passage to the entrance. The cool part about this exhibit is how much it defies the conventional art world. A place where no collectors or dealers can be found exploiting the artwork. And especially unconventional, the public can’t even get to it without breaking the law! Though my favorite part about the whole thing is that according to the website, the original entrance of the place has been removed and it is now just a dungeon full of street art treasure for no one to get to.