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The Great Wall of West 34th Street

What impresses us is the skill, not to mention bravery, of the artisans who paint this wall every few months

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    A tall wall on West 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, visible even from south Chelsea, is a huge canvas for advertisers and brave artists.

    A tall wall on West 34th Street and Eighth Avenue has long served as a canvas for epic-scaled advertisements. After years of hosting ads for Delta, the wall has been AT&T's turf of late.

    The past three ads have been focused on Asia -- the first showing a sumo wrestler, the second displaying a geisha girl and the third depicting hands shaped like the Great Wall of China, gripping a BlackBerry Curve.

    The latest shows Buckingham palace guards, with their hats made out of fingers. Again, quite curious, but also captivating.

    Over the years, we've taken pleasure in chronicling the evolution of these walls, which is easily one of the city's biggest venues for large-scale advertising outside of Times Square, and is visible from as far south as Chelsea.

    What also impresses us is the skill, not to mention bravery, of the artisans who paint this wall every few months. They easily have one of the more interesting jobs in town, and their work is seen by hundreds of thousands of people every day.