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Street Art Thu Aug 27 2009

Whose Street Art is This?

stikman_figure.jpgReader Seth writes, "Seeing these by crosswalks all around the loop. Cool, because the paint used is the same as crosswalk and traffic line paint. Any info on the artist or explanation? Inquiring robots want to know."

As a matter of fact we do. They're the work of a New York-based street artist known by the moniker Stikman or Stickman. His stuff is all over Brooklyn and the rest of the city, and apparently he recently visited Chicago to lay down some work.

If you're interested in Chicago's thriving street art community, check out the Chicago Street Art group on Flickr.

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Zach / August 27, 2009 11:52 AM

I thought they were zombies or some kind of spooky ghosts.

Julie / August 27, 2009 9:53 PM

I have been SO CURIOUS about these since seeing them all over the place. It's great to know some info, thanks!

Toya / August 28, 2009 10:03 AM

There's one right in front of my building at work. Thanks for the scoop! I dig these lil' guys.

renee / August 28, 2009 10:09 AM

I saw these guys all over Boston recently too!

theButterFly / September 9, 2009 4:11 PM

I have thus far found 16 of these little guys around Chicago. 14 of which are posted to my blog.

C / September 12, 2009 10:53 PM

I have also been stalking these little guys. There are many on Washington St. I understand that they might be near another image or item the artist has attached to something. Check out woostercollective moniker stories.

Angela / December 18, 2009 9:47 PM

All over Philadelphia too. Every section of the city.

Casey / April 9, 2010 10:02 AM

I see these along my commute and I recently saw them in DC as well! Glad I finally know what they are!

Mick / April 15, 2010 3:30 PM

They're in Indianapolis too.

Natalie / December 10, 2010 10:44 PM

I call them streetbots! There are a few in Pittsburgh as well! On Carson St and by PNC Park! Best ever!!

Julie / June 22, 2011 6:13 AM

My husband and I take lots of trips around the US. These things are in lots of places. I just saw a wooden figure like this in Wheeling, WV down by the waterfront. I am guessing it is an inspired piece. Very awesome to have this mystery solved.

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