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Viral art movement shows up in Alaska

By Hope Miller 5:10 PM November 29, 2013

Flood the Streets with Art event calls for all artists


Free art was intentionally placed on streets around the world Friday as part of the Flood the Streets with Art movement.

The anti-Black Friday, free art event went viral after event coordinator Scott Wong spread the word on Facebook. More than 35,000 people were invited to join in on the effort over the social media website, where Wong encouraged all types of artists to contribute.

“Think about the volume of art that could be dropped on the streets and the sheer volume of random acts of kindness… all on Black Friday,” Wong said in a Facebook post. “The day of the year where the worst comes out in everyone and greed runs rampant through the veins of spenders.”

In Anchorage, people heard about the event over social media and felt compelled to participate. Artist John McLay said he never leaves his home on Black Friday, but was excited to go out this morning in support of the event.

Feeling inspired by Flood the Streets with Art, McLay said he painted two pieces special for today. He left one painting near Midnight Sun Brewing Co. and another near the Carrs at Northern Lights Boulevard and Muldoon Road, both of which included information about the free art giveaway.

Photographer Krystal Blair planted a nature photograph of hers at Barnes & Noble this morning. She said her best friend and friend’s three children also set out free artwork for the public.

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