Street art celebrating whistleblowers

January 2nd, 2014 | By | 1 Comment »
An anonymous artist's portrait of Edward Snowden, next to a Borf sticker. Photo by RJ Rushmore.

An anonymous artist’s portrait of Edward Snowden, next to a Borf sticker. Photo by RJ Rushmore.

It’s been quite a year for whistleblowers. In the last six months or so, the information that Edward Snowden leaked has changed the world, but Snowden is still hiding in Russia, hoping that some country will grant him permanent asylum and a way to get there. Meanwhile, Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower behind what became the Collateral Murder video and so many other documents released through Wikileaks, was sentenced in August to serve 35 years in a military prison. And just a few days ago, the email of a US government whistleblower was hacked and documents essential to his case were deleted. With the US government taking such a harsh stance against whistleblowers, it is even more essential that we, the people, stand up to support them. With that in mind, I’ve started Whistleblower Art, a tumblr archive of art and design celebrating whistleblowers. Last July, I collected all the Snowden-related street art I could find for a post. Whistleblower Art expands on that post to include all whistleblowers (most notably Manning at this point) and art and design beyond just street art.

For Vandalog though, I’ve put together this update on my Snowden post: Pretty much all the street art, graffiti and murals I could find in support of whistleblowers.

DROID 907, SARZ TKG and AMANDA WONG in Atlanta, GA. Photo by SARZ TKG.

DROID 907, SARZ TKG and AMANDA WONG in Atlanta, GA. Photo by SARZ TKG.

Daniel Ellsberg by Thierry Ehrmann at the Abode of Chaos outside of Lyon, France. Photo by Abode of Chaos.

Daniel Ellsberg by Thierry Ehrmann at the Abode of Chaos outside of Lyon, France. Photo by Abode of Chaos.

Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning by Camo in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Camo.

Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning by Camo in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Camo.

Edward Snowden by SLM Art in Manchester, UK. Photo by ajehals.

Edward Snowden by SLM Art in Manchester, UK. Photo by ajehals.

Unknown artist in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by lusciousblopster.

Unknown artist in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by lusciousblopster.

Chelsea Manning at 5Pointz by unknown artist. Photo by Dan Nguyen.

Chelsea Manning at 5Pointz by unknown artist. Photo by Dan Nguyen.

"Super Snow" by Bamn. Photo by Bamn.

“Super Snow” by Bamn. Photo by Bamn.

Chelsea Manning by Eclair Acuda Bandersnatch. Photo by Chris Christian.

Chelsea Manning by Eclair Acuda Bandersnatch. Photo by Chris Christian.

Chelsea Manning by Thierry Ehrmann at Abode of Chaos outside of Lyon, France. Photo by Abode of Chaos.

Chelsea Manning by Thierry Ehrmann at Abode of Chaos outside of Lyon, France. Photo by Abode of Chaos.

Art Is Trash and an unknown collaborator. Photo by barbnerdy.

Art is Trash and an unknown collaborator in London. Photo by barbnerdy.

Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning by an unknown artist in Bergen, Norway. Photo by svennevenn.

Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning by an unknown artist in Bergen, Norway. Photo by svennevenn.

Eclair Acuda Bandersnatch in San Fransisco, CA. Photo by Chris.

Eclair Acuda Bandersnatch in San Fransisco, CA. Photo by Chris Christian.

Edward Snowden sticker by Plastic Jesus. Photo by mknmv.

Edward Snowden sticker by Plastic Jesus. Photo by mknmv.

Bamn in New York City. Photo by jamie nyc.

Bamn in New York City. Photo by jamie nyc.

Chelsea Manning stencil in Philadelphia by unknown artist. Photo by Damon Landry.

Chelsea Manning stencil in Philadelphia by unknown artist. Photo by Damon Landry.

Edward Snowden by unknown artist in Bergen, Norway. Photo by svennevenn.

Edward Snowden by unknown artist in Bergen, Norway. Photo by svennevenn.

Eclair Acuda Bandersnatch in San Fransisco, CA. Photo by Chris Christian.

Eclair Acuda Bandersnatch in San Fransisco, CA. Photo by Chris Christian.

Chelsea Manning by Bamn. Photo by Hrag Vartanian.

Chelsea Manning by Bamn. Photo by Hrag Vartanian.

Edward Snowden stencil by unknown artist. Photo by Equalized Graffiti.

Edward Snowden stencil by unknown artist. Photo by Equalized Graffiti.

Art by unknown artists as well as DROID 907, SARZ TKG, AMANDA WONG, Thierry Ehrmann, Camo, SLM Art, Bamn, Eclair Acuda Bandersnatch, Art is Trash and Plastic Jesus.

Photos by RJ Rushmore, SARZ TKG, Abode of Chaos, ajehals, lusciousblopster, Dan Nguyen, Bamn, Chris Christian, barbnerdy, svennevenn, mknmv, jamie nyc, Damon Landry, Hrag Vartanian and Equalized Graffiti


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