A Night inside Hanksy’s Virtual Wonderland on Grand Street [PHOTOS]

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 at 5:10 am by
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Two weeks before Halloween, street artist Hanksy treated fans to a trick of the mind. Importing the Los Angeles iteration of his “Surplus Candy” exhibition to a virtual environment for three days only. Inside the now-gutted Shalom Chai pizzeria on Grand Street.

Friday was opening night, boasting a deep line that queued around the block. But Hanksy kept the waiting horde fed, ordering a dozen pizza pies (bringing pizza back to this storefront).

Inside 359 Grand Street was the place to be that night. The walls were fitted with salvaged pieces from L.A. collaborators like Starfighter, Devon Liston, and Lexi Bella. After all, this setup is Hanksy’s mileu – a spartan space decorated with various artwork, scrapbook musings, and a rabid fan base in tow.

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This might be Hanksy

The rest of the installation lived in the “choose your own adventure” virtual world, accessible via smartphone insertion into specialized goggles. It allowed fans to experience the October 2015 “Surplus Candy” show – essentially touring the abandoned mansion (30+ rooms) in all its painted glory – from the comfort of the Lower East Side. Hence, the line for a test drive.

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