Metropolis Art Prize 2009 winners announced

yourarthere Today, Babelgum—the independent Web-and-mobile video-content platform—announced the winners of the Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize chaired by iconic art-house actress and video artist Isabella Rossellini. The Babelgum Metropolis Grand Prize ($20,000) went to Denver, Colorado--based artist Christopher Coleman for The Magnitude of the Continental Divide, an animated think-piece on the state of modern warfare. Jacopo Ceccarelli a.k.a. 2501, a Milan-born artist now dividing his time between Italy, Berlin and Sao Paulo, Brazil, earned the Babelgum Metropolis Best Street Art Award ($5,000) for Mask, a dreamlike excursion into Brazil's dark colonial past through a night-time examination of statuary and monuments in Sao Paulo. The New York City--based collective Improv Everywhere was the top vote of website visitors and the grand-prize winner of the Babelgum Metropolis Audience Award ($5,000) for Subway Yearbook Photos, in which the troupe installed a photography studio on a subway car, claiming that the MTA had hired them to take yearbook-style photos of straphangers. The winners will be shown on three jumbo screens in Times Square on Thursday, December 17, from 7 to 8pm.