They do it dozens of storeys above the ground, pushed by winds and swinging dangerously over the streets far below.
They do it in searing heat, in rain, and in freezing cold, their fingers numbed and their shoulders and necks aching.
They do it for hours straight, in an "old school" tradition being lost to modern technology.
They do it only after long apprenticeship, starting first with learning the rigging ropes they need to climb the sides of buildings and work in place.
They do it up there, these men who hand-paint ads.
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The documentary Up There was shot in New York City as part of The Ritual Project commissioned by Stella Artois. The three-week project, which tells the story both of the craft of wall painting and the men who do it, culminated in a 20' x 50 ' stop-frame animation, the start-to-finish parts of which can be found here.
Go to the "Project Journal" for profiles, interviews, images, and other related materials that capture the day-by-day creation of the documentary.