The Dizzying Work of Hand-Painting Ads Across New York City Skyscrapers

By Robert Sorokanich on at

Walk around New York City, and you're bound to see the work of these "wall dogs"—the men and women who paint billboard-size ads by hand, high above the city streets. Their work is exacting, and the places they paint are terrifying. Don't watch this if you're afraid of heights.

Hand-painted outdoor ads aren't exclusive to New York City. But the dizzying heights seen here definitely drive home the point that this isn't a job for the easily spooked. And in a city where artificial light and screens large and small dominate the view, there's something charmingly tangible about the craft and permanence of a hand-painted ad. At least until it gets painted over with the next big thing. [Vocativ via Digg]