Category: Street art

Art

Vandalism turns into something marvelous thanks to local artists’ hard work and creativity

Richard Miller owns a variety store and received a notice to clean up the parking lot beside his property, which was teeming with graffiti. He initially thought that the graffiti was actually pretty good, but got excited when some local artists opened up about ideas with him. The artists are members of Art for Art's Sake (AFAS), a group that promotes expression through art. “Originally the plan was to put framework around the graffiti to show that we support the artistic pieces that can be created through graffiti. I discussed it with a few artists and the artists started incorporating their own designs into the letters that were already there,” said artist Stewart Knight. Artist Sarah Hensley said, “I didn’t want to cover up or totally remove the graffiti. We got our friends involved and now it is this huge crazy art wall, and it looks really cool. I kept the graffiti in my art. People kept walking by to see it and said that looks like fun.” ...
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Hundreds of artists create chalk paintings on the streets, turning Lake Worth into a temporary “outdoor museum”

The 23rd Annual Lake Worth Painting Festival was another resounding success this year. Last February 26, the final day of the festival took place. Hundreds of artists flocked to create an "outdoor museum" of sorts on the street, catching the attention of passers-by, both local and tourists. Located at the Lake Worth downtown area, the streets were paved with colors and shades using chalk to create art that can captivate the hearts of art lovers anywhere. This festivity is unique because the art was ephemeral, lasting for a mere few hours or until the rain and traffic has washed it off of the streets. It is thanks to the photographers who can keep these temporary moments eternal, for everyone to see. The street Painting Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. all proceeds raised produce the street Painting Festival event, and benefit the street Painting Festival scholarship and community projects associated with the arts. ...
Art

The many colors of street artist Locustsongs

LocustSongs is the pseudonym to this San Francisco-based artist who has taken his art from the canvas to the streets. This self-admitted punk-influenced artist was born and raised in Michigan and left as soon as he finished high school. He thought he won't be the artist he is today had he chosen to stay in his hometown. He calls himself a weirdo and admitted that smoking weed made him creatively compulsive and optimistic. Locust is known for his artworks on the street walls of San Francisco. In an interview with StreetArtSF, he expressed early aversion to art in galleries saying it did not feel right and it was not his scene. It was in 2009 when he started painting on walls, both indoor and outdoor. He believes in the importance of scale and that sometimes art should be bigger than the person, or bigger than the frame, or even beyond the gallery. He mainly uses house/mural paint for street arts and acrylics and markers for paintings. For more about LocustSongs, visit his website,...
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Sculptor uses matchsticks and hangers to create large scale installations

David Mach is a Scottish sculptor and installation artist known for his dynamic and imaginative large-scale collages, sculptures, and installations using diverse media like coat hangers, matches, and magazines, among others. The Scotsman, a local online newspaper, describes his work as "big on gesture and big on proportion, it demands your attention and gets it". Many of his installations are temporary and constructed in public spaces. He studied arts and specialized on sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. He chose this art because he considered it to be the most demanding, physically and intellectually. He first had his solo exhibition in 1982 at the Lisson Gallery in London. You can say The Scotsman is right. His huge presentations got the world's attention and quickly established his reputation. That exhibition was followed by countless international exposure. In his matchhead series, Mach re-imagines portraits using the colored...
Architecture

Ancient and modern cultural symbols blend in Cairo’s City of the Dead

At the sight of graffiti amid a historic site, the usual, or expected, reaction is one of disdain or anger, right? The huge colorful paintings of cartoon characters on the walls of an ancient necropolis in Cairo's City of the Dead, however, are instead drawing interest from locals and tourists alike because of the creative blending of the ancient and the contemporary. And that's exactly the aim of "Outside In: the Art of Inclusion," a project mounted within the 15th century complex built by Mameluk Sultan al-Ashraf Qaitbey which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site . "What we want to do is to bring together the old heritage, the traditions of this particular place, with creative contemporary art and with various cultural events to promote diversity. Old meets new, death and life come together in the city of the dead, where we can exchange ideas and culture between East and West," Agnieszka Dobrowolska, the Polish architect who leads the project, told Reuters....
Architecture

San Francisco: the street mural haven

San Francisco is not labeled the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California for nothing. Have you been to the city? It's a popular tourist destination not only because of its cool summers, steep rolling hills, fantastic architecture and landmarks (hello, Golden Gate Bridge!) but also because of its incredible street art. For the art-loving tourists, a visit to Haight Street, 24th Street, Balmy Alley, Osage Alley, Cypress Street, Lilac Alley, and Clarion Alley will be the best part of the tour. These streets and alleys are highly concentrated with murals and graffitis. The history of this public art in San Francisco goes a long way back. It was Diego Rivera who first took a brush and used the city walls as a canvas for his arts in the 1930s. Other artists followed suit which eventually made the city a global hotspot for outdoor public art. Today, these arts are used as a medium to either send a message (mostly political and social) or to simply...
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Painting in an abandoned soap factory, French artist Seth takes on Rome’s urban planning problem

Artworks created in decaying spaces are nothing new. We’ve all seen sprawling graffiti on the walls and floors of abandoned buildings, haven’t we? Untended structures seem to have some sort of an irresistible allure that beckons artists to create something in them. However, French street artist Seth’s (real name: Julien Malland) colorful paintings and installations in Mira Lanza, a long-since-deserted soap factory in Rome, Italy, make use of the space to pose a sobering question: Why do we just leave things to rot? Art organization 999Contemporary mounted the project, which consists mostly of paintings of children, to put Rome’s problem with urban planning in the spotlight, as well as juxtapose innocence (represented by the children in the works) with decomposition (symbolized by Mira Lanza). “This place [built in the 19th century] has been abandoned since the factory closed in 1957. Since I was a little boy there have been plans to turn it into a museum,...
Creativity

A whole community battles the heat with crochet

Marina Fernández Ramos is the Spanish artisan who created the project "Tejiendo La Calle" ( Knitting/crocheting the street). The project included a citizen intervention with volunteers from the community of Valverde de la Vera, a little town in Spain. They reused plastic from shopping bags, recycling them into crochet parasols (sunshades) hanging them all over the streets to fight the extreme heat of this last summer. This project just earned an award  for Design and citizen participation from the Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño ( Iberoamerican Bienal of Design) ...
Art

High school students design and create 29 sculptures to adorn their neighborhoods

Students from various public high schools have come together in a nonprofit project to beautify their city. The plan is to plan, design, and put up 29 pieces of sculpture. So far, the group has successfully erected their first installation - entitled Piece 24 ("Let Me Walk in Beauty", as inspired by a native American poem about respecting nature) - in Oak Cliff, just a few steps away from the famous Texas Theatre. The goal of the project is to "uplift and awaken the creative spirit to make genuine social change.” And this is definitely starting to happen. A real estate investor has helped the group in finding the location for their first sculpture. Many other individuals, companies, and philanthropists have helped with the project financially. All of the work is done by the students, as encouraged by their schools and teachers. At the end of the whole initiative, there will be 29 neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas, that will be adorned with beautiful works of art. Each piece...
Creativity

Humorous road art in Montreal urges drivers to get out of their cars

Roadsworth took to the road to create some hilarious artworks aimed at drivers and pedestrians. The Montreal-based artist and activist, aka Peter Gibson, has been busy creating tongue-in-cheek works that poke fun at drivers. Drawing inspiration from lines and signs already present on asphalt, Gibson does such things as turning parking stripes into dandelions. His portfolio is incredibly vast with a variety of medium to large scale installations. Check out some of his road-works below and find more on his website. And make you follow Roadsworth on Instagram for regular doses of artistic humor.  ...
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Camouflauged lotus murals take over streets of Goa, India

There's always room for flowers wherever you are and the city of Goa, India got its fair share of them this past year. South African street artist Faith47 is a firm believer in the strength represented by the Lotus flower. Its birth is marred by harsh climates, and layers of mud that it must fight through to survive. This inspired the artist's latest series murals titled "Le Petit Mort" in Goa, India, where she went around creating unique Lotus wall murals that incredibly blend into the surface they're painted on. Check out some of her murals below and find more on her website and Facebook. ...
Design

Designers in Taipei used discarded lamp posts to create this playground

Instead of using discarded objects for the mere purposes of art, why not use them to redesign a public space? Taipei seems to have done just that with unwanted lamp posts by reshaping them for use in a public park in the middle of the city. The public playground project, "Swings Park," came about as a joint project between Taipei-based design studio City Yeast and Spanish art collective Basurma. The design was a result of Design Capital 2016, which aims to use public design as a catalyst for urban evolution. The Swings Park is here to stay through 2017 and you can learn more on their website. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
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Cuban artist fills Havana with melancholic street art

If you want to see some haunting street art, then you better take a look at the old buildings of Havana, Cuba. An artist is filling the country's capital with amazing art. Yulier Rodriguez is a craftsman with his subject of choice being alien creatures. But these aren't your typical sci-fi baddies - they give out a certain air of melancholy. It's almost terrifying to a point. Because the city has a lot of abandoned buildings, Rodriguez took them as a blank canvas of sorts. This sort of derelict graffiti is common in nearby cities, but this is more novel to Havana. Rodriguez signs his artwork with "Yulier P." You'll find several alien-like work featuring gigantic heads and beamy eyes. The artist claims they are fables, or "souls" - suffering and wandering and wondering. Are they in pain? Are they contemplating over their life? Who's to say? It's up to the audience to create his own interpretation. One thing is for certain - they are definitely not too happy. See his work on Instagram...
Art

Fantastic murals create striking optical illusions

Walls within walls, within walls. Fantastic. German street artist 1010 is the master of wall-based optical illusions in works that come in the form of murals dissipating into walls they're painted on. The illusory art creates 3D caverns of sorts with layers of six to ten warm or cool shades with black in the center. From Honolulu, Hawaii to France, 1010 has applied this technique around the globe. Check out some of his pieces below and find more of on his Facebook and Instagram. ...
Art

Artist creates Donald Trump installations using a very unflattering medium

A graphic designer and artist who goes by the name Allan Adler has various art installations in Miami Beach. The installations were created to demonstrate a very blunt form of symbolism. Each exhibit has a random sampling of dog poop with a photo of President-Elect Donald Trump stuck into it. In addition, there are also direct quotations said by Trump throughout his political career. Adler strolls around the area each day, choosing a random piece of dog excrement that fits his next art idea the best. Each installation is photographed and posted on his Facebook page, named "Pieces of Trump." Social media audiences are responding strongly to the posts, mostly from amused passers-by from Miami. The art is meant to be a critique of the on the correlation between irresponsible pet owners and the views that many hold in regards to Trump's leadership.  ...
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Cracked windows of an old power plant camouflaged as birds in Croatia

Ah, another dose of fabulous street art from DesignFaves. That's always a crowd favorite! Pejac is a Barcelona-based artist who recently found himself in Rijeka, Croatia working on a number of projects as part of a residency with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. His work is widely regarded to be the one found on the windows of an abandoned power plant. The artist used cracked glass in the old windows to create silhouettes of birds that appear to be evading a boy's slingshot. The piece is cleverly titled, "Camouflage," and was created in tribute to artist René Magritte. Check it out below and find more of the work he did in Croatia on Arrested Motion. ...
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Curious black and white characters take to the streets in Italian artist’s work

You've got to give it to Francesco Camillo Giogino for coming up with some of most intriguing characters ever found on murals. The Italian artist, also known as Millo, has made quite the name for himself and his cast of quirky characters. With pops of color here and there, his works are largely in black and white. Color, in his latest series of murals, is used to highlight hearts, thermometers, and vegetation with hints of red and green. Check out some of the murals below and find more on his website, and Facebook. ...
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Cross-stich embroidery used to create whimsical pixelated street art in Madrid

Cross-stitch embroidery does not get the exposure and attention that it deserves. That was until Raquel Rodrigo started bringing it into the public eye with some amazing works. The set designer and artist roams the streets of Madrid in search of building facades that might work as a canvas for her imaginative site-specific installations. Then, her neatly-prepared illustrations are given new life in the form of cross-stitched embroidery using thick string wrapped on wire mesh that is unrolled onto a surface. The pieces are  a fun take on graffiti and provide a pixelated appearance at first glance. Check out some of her works below and find more here. ...
Art

Popular Netherlands street artists collaborate on 137-ft Starling mural

Beautiful birds known as Starling have received a well-deserved tribute in this new, gigantic mural. It's all thanks to  Super A and Collin van der Sluijs, two street artists who collaborated on the project. The Netherlands-based artists teamed up to create a 137-foot-tall mural depicting a starling. The mural, titled Starling, features closely-packed patches of glistening jewels and plants across the torso of the upright-standing bird. The piece was created at the request of Urban Nation as part of the “One Wall Mural” Project. The photos, taken by Nika Kramer, show a proud starling composed in front of a residential Dutch backdrop. Check it out below! ...
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Unique mix of vibrant graffiti and grayscale figures create high-contrast murals

Using a form of stencil art, Martin Whatson surprises his audience with sudden, yet welcomed bursts of color amidst grayscale figures. The Norwegian-born artist's latest series of murals feature common elements. They all contain a monochromatic subject surrounded by or causing an explosion of colorful words and marks. Whatson was inspired by urban origins and has always been interested in decaying, cracked walls and the graffiti used to cover them up. Whatson's works will be featured as part of a group exhibition called “LAX / ORD” at Chicago’s Vertical Gallery. Check out his latest below and find more of his indoor and outdoor work on his Instagram and website. ...
Creativity

Bizarre blobs grow on the facade of 100-year-old building in Poland

If you've watched and loved the cult-classic horror flick, the Blob, then you'll like this site-specific installation by Crystal Wagner. The artist just revealed her latest work in Lodz, Poland featuring a bizarre-looking blob-like formation on the side of a building adorned with a 100-year-old art nouveau facade. The installation is titled "Hyperbolic" and is the latest in a series of large-scale mixed-media installations by Wagner. Her works often employ the use of materials like braided nylon, wire mesh, and cable ties to create vibrant forms. Check out some of photos of the installation below and follow Crystal Wagner on Instagram for more. ...
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Intricate lace patterns of clay and paint take over streets of Poland

Lace is nearly a universal material, understood and used by all. Polish artist NeSpoon has taken to the streets of Wroclaw, Auckland, Pont-l’Abbé, and Warsaw creating lace motifs found on walls, on the ground, public parks and more. The incredibly intricate motifs are sometimes created by herself with clay or paint, while other times she employs the assistance of traditional folk artists. NeSpoon describes lace as wonderful material to work with, saying, "In lace there is an aesthetic code which is deeply embedded in every culture. In every lace we find symmetry, and some kind of order and harmony. Isn’t that what we all seek for instinctively?" Check out the murals below and find more on Behance. ...
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Giant twig skeleton welcomes the Fall season in Como, Italy

Fall is bittersweet. For one, it signals the arrival of bitter cold in some places (like here in Canada). Never2501's site-specific installation greets the season with foliage and a big skeleton. The street artist took to the gardens of the Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio in Como, Italy for a project called, "In Cammino Per Trasformarsi Nell’istante Presente" (Moving to Transform into the Present). The piece involves a giant skeleton made out of found twigs and leaves lying flat on the ground to welcome the new season. It's amazing that all pieces were fit together without the help of any materials. Check it out and find more photos of the piece here. Follow Never2501 on Instagram for regular updates. ...
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Madrid’s pedestrian crossings transformed into colorful works of art

Artist Christo Guelov has done away with traditional pedestrian crossings! The artist views our current pedestrian crossings as boring and plain - so, he began turning them into colorful works of road art as part of his series "Funnycross." As soon as the Bulgarian artist began his project in Madrid, he realized that color and pattern variations were endless. Check out some of the funky pedestrian crossings below and find more on his website. ...
Architecture

Creepy, illuminated anglerfish lurks over dark stairwell in Norway

Site-specific graffiti is very popular nowadays and this wonderful piece by Skurk exhibits  many of the reasons for why that is. The Norway-based artist used two light fixtures of a stairwell as the point of origin for an illustrative monochromatic piece depicting a scary anglerfish. This is especially relevant with Halloween just around the corner. At night when the lights come on, that's when the magic truly happens as the yellow hues from the fixtures scatter perfectly across the fish, bringing the piece to life. Check out the piece below and find more of his work on Instagram. ...
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French artist celebrates RIO 2016 with two large fabric murals

In honor of the Olympics, artist JR has unveiled two murals in Rio to celebrate the momentous occasion. The French artist depicts Sudanese high jumper Mohamed Younes Idriss jumping over a 25-story apartment complex in the first piece. JR comments, “He missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics but he is there somehow.” In the second piece, a diver is suspended above Rio’s Barra neighborhood. JR uses a new technique for the murals where his signature  photography is printed on large fabric sheets stuck onto scaffolds. Check out the murals below, and follow the artist on Instagram for more incoming murals. ...
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