Dutch Student Wants to Turn Times Square into Art Exhibit

first_imgTimes Square is known for plenty of things–Broadway theaters, the giant, illuminated ads, the New Year’s Eve ball drop. Until fairly recently, it was known for being the epicenter of adult entertainment, as well, until then-Mayor Giuliani “Disneyfied” the space, pushing smut shops to the outskirts of the area.Dutch Student Justus Bruns wants to make the area famous for another reason: he has gathered a group of art enthusiasts together to help him convert Times Square into a temporary art space. The group is trying to get together enough money to buyout all of the billboards and video displays in Times Square for a day, a feat that will cost them an estimated $24 million.Bruns launched the Times Square to Art Square effort 11 months ago and is attempting to pull together funds via the Web. He told AOL, “This is about dreaming to make the impossible possible,” adding, “We really want to be a bottom-up movement to show the world what is possible using the Internet.”Bruns insists that the project isn’t anti-advertising–it’s just pro-art,It’s a sad fact that you can only see art in museum–that you really have to pay $15 to go see art. To use billboard space for art doesn’t mean we are against advertising. We just think it would be a great way to show art to people.last_img read more