Street Artist Russell King Wants You to Play NES on the Sidewalk

Posted on: March 17th, 2016 at 9:28 am by
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Street artist Russell King strayed from his usual creative fare with his latest piece. An interactive, sidewalk-bound video game console on Avenue A. The guts of that wooden column contains an old school Nintendo Entertainment System, original controllers, and CRT television.

Passersby were treated yesterday with gameplay courtesy of 1942 (released in 1985). If you recall, this is a Capcom shoot-em-up game set during World War II whose goal is to reach Tokyo and destroy the whole Japanese fleet.

Its placement here is seemingly a commentary on American propaganda and foreign policy. “In a more subversive way I play on the American propoganda that I was introduced to as a child,” King explains in an email. “From the Cold War to pledge of allegiance up to where we are.”

“When I put something out I want to know the publics reaction but I also want to know what other artists think or feel.”

The cabinet itself is decked in American flag and the message, “Push start, you have saved the world. Congratulations! Peace has arrived at last. The End.”

The installation lasted much of yesterday afternoon, and was left for the taking. We’re told it was running on juice from a car battery.

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