by Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Thursday 16 January 2014

You know the saying, ‘when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade?’ For street artists, it goes something like, ‘when life gives you a condemned New York City apartment building, you make a secret illegal art show’. Surplus Candy was an illegal art show organized by the street artist Hanksy. Together with 43 artists, they redecorated three floors’ worth of walls, toilets, doors, and basically anything you can put paint on, in a span of six days. How did it all begin?

A friend suggested to Hanksy that they hold a party in an abandoned building. The street artist that he is, he realized that the space would have been better off getting an unexpected redesign and remodeling.

After the show, the building was completely shut down and closed until it gets completely demolished. But at least for six days, it got to give artists a place to express themselves.

You can see more photos of Surplus Candy over at Gizmodo.