Notes from the Underground

Don’t be a Hero 2, by the London Police

Somewhere deep under New York City, in an abandoned subway tunnel, is a vast and incredible urban-art gallery, created from early 2009 to mid-2010 by an international cast of creators including Swoon, Faile, Skewville, Revok, Lister, and many others. With the exception of whatever critters make their home down there, no one can see this collaborative masterwork, because the site—secret even at the time, not to mention illegal—was blocked off by the Metropolitan Transit Authority when news of the project became public.

The Underbelly Project lives on, though—its curators, Workhorse and PAC, just staged another underground intervention in Paris. Meanwhile, they’re busy working on an upcoming book chronicling the original New York Project. And if you happen to be in Miami, check out the pop-up show (up through December 5) that documents the project and presents related works by many of the figures who participated.

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