Urban Project Lets You Purchase, Own New York City Street Art
Wall-(m)Art sells and frames graffiti in its designated outdoor locale
A modern New York art gallery has hit the streets of the city, and anyone with $150 to auction off can own a piece of it. Unlike most modern art purchases, the new possession will not be riding home with you. Rather, a personalized plaque will be resurrected in your honor and you’ll be knighted with a nifty ‘proof of ownership’ title.
Wall-m(Art) is a new company that lets the public purchase street graffiti from the walls of the city. Fine art or vandalism – whatever you choose to call it – that covers subways, urban walls and street corners is officially available to anyone who wants to stake their claim as one of the lucky firsts to own the one-of-a-kind work.
The potentially illegal concept stemmed from a simple idea: New York public space boasts some of the most unique and “badass” street art around the globe. Now, Wall-m(Art) wants to make it profitable. All you have to do it purchase the desired artwork and wait 3-4 weeks for a shiny gold frame to hang around it in its urban location. A plaque with your name on it will ensure that all passerbys know about your new art real estate.
A picture of the framed artwork acts as a receipt, with no exception for exchange or return. You can think of it as a way to share an art collection with neighbors and the greater of Manhattan, a museum that everyone can appreciate.
If you’ve always wanted to own your own hard work/art/vandalism created by a New York artist, you can officially browse the collection online or customize your own. The first few have already been purchased and hang proudly throughout Brooklyn.
Warning: you must be 18 years or older to purchase, or have your parents’ permission.