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.
Since street art changes minute by minute, I am not sure if waiting for the frame is a good idea since your art might be gone by the time the frame is hung. So if you want a street art canvas that you can really take home and hand on your wall, check out my portfolio.