Street Artist Reminds City-Dwellers Of Everyday Surveillance
The "Spanish Banksy" creates a monstrous wall of security cameras to shows people how easy it is to forget about them.
With all the talk of the more invisible, insidious forms of surveillance occurring online, it can be easy to forget the physical surveillance that has become ubiquitous through city-wide CCTV cameras. Spanish street artist SpY aims to remind us of the reality that we have come to find so easy to accept, and like many of his other public intervention artworks (he has been referred to as the “Spanish Banksy“) it makes use of repetition to exaggerate the ubiquity of an ordinary urban device. 150 nonfunctional surveillance cameras were spontaneously installed across a temporary construction site and three-story adjoining building, with the intention of “looking at nothing.”