Category: Street art

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.  ...
Art

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...
Art

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.  ...
Art

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. ...
Art

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. ...
Art

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! ...
Art

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. ...
Art

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. ...
Art

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. ...
Art

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. ...
Art

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. ...
Art

New York artist launches ambitious project to paint murals of 50,000 bees

Street art gets the busy-bee treatment at the Burt’s Bees headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. New York-based artist Matt Willey recently founded the Good of the Hive Initiative, a project that involves him painting 50,000 bees as part of murals around the world. The number itself carries meaning as it takes about that many bees to sustain a healthy beehive. So far, Willey has completed seven murals, with the latest one being at the Burt's Bees headquarters in North Carolina. The artists keeps tabs on the number of bees in each piece. Check out his notes on his website, and follow his progress on Instagram. ...
Art

Street artists unleash maniacal faces in urban spaces

A few humorous murals began turning up in Barcelona this past year by a revered street artist. The artist known as Penao uses windows and holes on the sides of abandoned buildings to create quirky faces, complete with noses and lips. Couple their hilarious smiles with missing and crooked teeth, and you've got something truly maniacal. The murals were part of the Murs Lliures project, which aims to pair artists with urban spaces for the sake of public art. Take a look at some of the images below - if Penao's work inspires you, and leaves you wanting more, check out other street artists, such as Nomerz. ...
Art

Creative duo travel the world creating unique, hyperrealistic murals

This is visual storytelling through street art at its absolute best. Artists Hera and Akut are owning the streets. The German street art duo, who go by the name Herakut, have extensively traveled the world creating collaborative murals in their own unique aesthetic. Hera starts by blocking in the figure's form and then Akut goes to town with his self-taught, hyperrealistic rendering skills. The Vertical Gallery says, "What initially seemed like an unlikely pairing both conceptually and technically has since become one of the foremost collaborations in urban art and an innovative presence in contemporary painting." Check out some of their recent murals below and head on over to their Facebook page and website for more. ...
Art

Playful street art intervenes with surrounding urban environments

Ernest Zacharevic is a globetrotting street artist known for creating site-specific murals that interact with their urban environments. The works often feature children playing around with physical objects sitting beside or attached to the sides and facades of buildings. Zacharevic has traveled across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, stopping over in Iceland, Norway, and Poland. According to an artist statement, “He takes time to study the audience as much as the subjects of his work. Directing the possible encounters of the people who see his work and the artwork is a game and a challenge that he enjoys.” Check out some of his work below, and find more on his Instagram and website. ...
Art

Portuguese artist hunts down raw materials for fantastic animal sculptures

Replacing brainstorming and elaborate sketches with a hunt for raw materials, Bordalo II redefines what it means to be a street artist. The Portuguese artist visits junkyards and abandoned factories in search of discarded parts such as bumpers, tires, door panels, malleable plastic and more. The pieces are then stacked and bolted together to create one-of-a-kind sculptures resembling pelicans, foxes, rodents, and more. The project tries to shed light on our society's production of waste. Bordalo II says "The idea is to depict nature itself - in this case, animals, out of materials that are responsible for [their] destruction." Check out some of his sculptures below and find more on Instagram. ...
Fashion

Unique patterned shirts imprinted using manhole covers and vents

You don’t really need professional shirt printing equipment to design and print your own t-shirts. All you need are manhole covers. Berlin-based Raubdruckerin (pirate printer) uses manhole covers, vents, and utility grates to imprint geometric patterns and typographic forms on shirts. The artist collective then sells their creations online via their shop. Check out the unique patterned shirts below, and head on over to their website for more. ...
Street art

French graffiti artist sets out to improve legibility of tags in France

Not all graffiti is equal. Some works are downright ugly. And artist Mathieu Tremblin has set out to improve the quality of graffiti on the streets of France. In a bid to improve the legibility of the graffiti, Tremblin mimicks the scale, color, and layering of each tag to create his own replica in crisp typography. The resulting tags appear as if they were actually printed on the walls and sides of buildings. According to his website, Tremblin, “implements graphic processes of intervention inspired by anonymous, autonomous, and spontaneous practices and expressions in urban space in order to question the systems of legislation, representation and symbolization of the city.” Check out some of his work below, and head on over to his website for more. ...
Street art

Portal-like murals explore one artist’s concept of time

Artist Douglas Hoekzema (aka Hoxxoh) has painted murals in cities around the world. His fractal-like swirls of color have been added to public spaces in his hometown of Miami, Florida to Washington D.C., Detroit, and Vienna, Austria. The kaleidoscoping patterns in portal-like forms are focused around the concept of time and explorations of its qualities and aspects. “His paintings depict time as a sweet ride that flows by mixing spontaneity with precision,” says his website. “His works represent what happens when we let go of our control of time and let its predetermined course take control.” ...
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