This past weekend, the Public Art Campaign reclaimed hundreds of billboards across New York City, whitewashing what they say is illegal advertising.

This past weekend, the Public Art Campaign reclaimed hundreds of billboards across New York City, whitewashing what they say is illegal advertising. Various artists embellished the newly blank canvases after they were covered up.

Although five people were arrested it's been reported that the teams carrying out the whitewashing encountered relatively little resistance as they covered up the city's ubiquitous street ads.

The protest was designed to call attention to the rampant urban spam and illegal advertising that goes on around the city, in hopes of sparking some dialogue about the problem.

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