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The Big Apple showed big support for the artists of New York City as Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project brought some of the most innovative and creative minds to Villain in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The final leg of the three-city competition saw nearly 2,000 art enthusiasts pass through the venue over the course of the night voting for their favourite custom-designed Red Bull coolers, crafted by 30 urban, contemporary and street artists, such as Adam Dare and Tone Tank (picured, below). The functional pieces of art will be installed in top venues throughout the city.

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30 of the city’s most innovative up-and-coming street artists unveiled the signature styles they brought to their canvas-wrapped Red Bull coolers and vied for the three coveted spots that would take them to the SCOPE Miami show in December.

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During the much anticipated finale, works by Gerardo Cid and L’Amour Supreme (pictured, above) received the most votes from the curatorial panel of judges led by Daria Brit Shapiro, of the internationally renowned SCOPE Art Show, contemporary pop artist Ron English and Carlo McCormick, Senior Editor of PAPER Magazine.

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Throughout the night, thousands of guests voted for their favourite canvas wrapped coolers and ultimately honoured artists Claw Money and Kosbe with the Audience Choice Awards.

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What does multi-media artist Kosbe (pictured, above) think about taking art off the streets and into a world as high-end and organised as Art Basel week? “I've been in this street art, graffiti thing since 1993 and I was lucky enough to get some of the spillover from early innovators of this art form,” he says. “Now that it's becoming respected as a worldwide art form I'm really excited to be a part of it. It's truly changed my life.”

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All four New York area artists will join the winners from Los Angeles and Chicago in an all-expenses paid trip to Miami to participate in a Red Bull Curates group show at SCOPE Miami during Art Basel, where they will have the chance to exhibit and sell works from their own collections.

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Judge and pop artist Ron English (pictured, above left) said: “This project gives [artists] accessibility to places larger than the community they are currently in…

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... they develop relationships with the pieces they created reflecting their own personal growth as artists and it is truly phenomenal to be a part of.”  

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The exhibition attracted thousands of visitors and many members of the New York-based media all of whom were impressed by the variation in design.

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