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Armed with 700 cans of paint crated in from Australia, 45 of the top artists in the graffiti community painted and collaborated on all four sides of the Cornell University Press building on Cascadilla Street. They turned the unremarkable undercoat into a vibrant swath of lines, figures and color to celebrate the hip-hop culture that first brought the art form into prominence.

The event was part of "Hip-Hop: Unbound from the Underground," a celebration of hip-hop culture sponsored by Cornell University and 26 other groups including the Tompkins County Public Library and the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The university houses the world's largest archive dedicated to the preservation of the genre's origins.

Video by Ithaca Journal.