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USB Drives Are Buried In Walls All Across New York. When I Found Out Why I Couldn’t Believe It!

By Talan Torriero
January 25, 2015

Did you know that USB Drives are embedded in walls, buildings and curbs in New York? We wonder how this piece of information was always left out in all the major TV shows which either bragged about its modern buildings or its beauty. Let us tell you why USB Drives are embedded in the city walls. Here is how they looks like:


Aram Bartholl came up with this idea for an art project called “Dead Drops” in order to create an anonymous, offline file-sharing network in public space. These USB drives are completely public and anyone can plug in their devices to drop or find files. Each ‘Dead Drop’ USB is empty except for a .txt file which explains the project.

Aram, a Berlin based artist who came up with the project during his stay in New York.


The idea is pretty unique and fun but your laptop may get scratches or a broken USB port. However, it may get handy if you want to start a revolution through an anonymous file sharing from a flash drive. You can even make your own USB ‘Dead Drop’ with a little construction skills and a USB. Check out this video below to find out the details.

The response was overwhelming so much so that the artist even made a dedicated website for Dead Drop Flash Drives.