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While we’re boxed in, artist uses boxes to build ‘dreamlike’ New York City

During the coronavirus lockdown, East Village artist Ethan Minsker is using the time to recreate New York City as he knew it.

Basically, he’s “upcycling” all the boxes he’s been getting deliveries in — plus bottles, oatmeal containers and other food packaging — to create, as he puts it, a “dreamlike landscape” of the city.

In a video, above, he gives a tour of his studio and his unique art project — which is currently overflowing his apartment.

Called “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down,” his ever-growing creation includes small-scale buildings, rooftop water towers, subways, taxis and more.

As a creative, Minsker says he’s constantly struggling to find the time to do everything he wants to get done. Now that he has the time during the quarantine, he wants to make the most of it.

The interior of a subway car. (Courtesy Ethan Minsker)
Graffitied mailboxes. (Courtesy Ethan Minsker)
Water towers with superimposed photos, including of the artist wearing a face mask…plus a bear. (Courtesy Ethan Minsker)

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