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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. ...
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...
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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. ...
Architecture

Artist spray paints intricate floor patterns to mimic traditional Catalan works

Awesome tiles in rundown places. That's how you get someone's attention. Javier De Riba is an artist with a knack for spray painting over floors and walls with intricate geometric patterns. It's amazing how perfectly crisp the patterns are at the edges because they're nearly indistinguishable from ones traditionally found in Catalan homes. Strategically placed in derelict, abandoned places, De Riba's pieces effectively impact the viewer upon first sight. Check out some of his works below and find more on both his website and Etsy. [caption id="attachment_74456" align="alignnone" width="950"] [/caption]  ...
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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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
Art

Hilarious prank misleads NYC tourists into believing giant octopus attack

Historic events are often memorialized at famous landmarks with descriptive plaques in locations frequented by tourists. The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial recently had a new plaque installed and it's pure trickery. The monument is located in Battery Park, Manhattan, and was created by artist Joe Reginella to honor the 400 people whose lives were taken when a giant octopus attacked a Staten Island ferry named "Cornelius G. Kolff." The event is said to have occurred on November 22nd, 1963, the day of the assassination of United States President, JFK. The hoax was part of Reginella's multimedia project and took six months to plan. Check out some images of the monument below and learn more about the event that never took place on Facebook. ...
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. ...
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

3D street art features tunnel leading to another dimension

One will need to focus hard and look multiple times to realize that this mural is just a mural and not an ever-lengthening tunnel system on the side of a building. French street artist Astro is out with an interesting 3D piece completed as part of the Loures Art Publica project in Loures, Portugal. Astro is renowned more for his intense use of calligraphy in his works but this wildly different mural is just as flashy. The piece is adorned with a hieroglyphic-like floral patterns that center in on a 3D illusion made effective with shadows to create tunnels and voids. It’s like a gateway to another dimension. Check it out below and find more of his work on Instagram. ...
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Largest urban mural in Paris features thousands of colorful origami birds

Hundreds of residents were temporarily uprooted in France after the demolishing of a particular building. Mademoiselle Maurice pays tribute with a fantastic mural. Produced in collaboration with the French Mathgoth Gallerie, “The Lunar Cycle” is a colorful mural set over 21,000 square feet and comprised of over 15,000 colorful origami birds. The piece, composed in front of the building’s dark exterior, depicts phases of the moon and is officially the largest urban mural ever created in Paris. The origami birds were created using a folding technique called, “Maurigami”, which is a Mademoiselle Maurice original. The technique supposedly makes the pieces indestructible. Check out the mural below, and find more amazing origami works on Mademoiselle Maurice’s Instagram and Facebook. ...
Street art

Dangling shoes defy gravity on the streets of London

It’s a mystery how (and why) shoes end up hanging on electric wires and street lamps. Street artist Pejac takes to the streets of London to explore the phenomenon. The London-based street artist has created a series of four site-specific installations featuring shoes that appear to defy gravity as they remain suspended over street lamps. The upside down dangling shoes has caused many passersby to stop for a second look. The installations, titled, “Downside Up”, can be found around East London and serve as teasers for an even more mind-blowing installation opening next month. ...
Street art

Quirky miniature installations right under your feet

This is street art on a whole new level. A miniature level, that is. Slinkachu’s site-specific art is one that can be found right under your very nose. The street artist creates miniature scenes captured in the cracks of sidewalks and nestled in between leaves. The humorous pieces feature tiny figurines living lives of their own right under feet. Children swim in pools of melting ice cream or microscopic gardeners trimming giant plants seeping out of cracks in the pavement. The pieces are meant to spark conversation about the environment, globalization, and the isolation found in large cities. Check out some photos of the mini installations below, and find more on Instagram. ...
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Elephants take over building facades in murals by South African artist

South African artist Falko One has created a series of murals that can be found on the facades of homes, alleyways, and corporate buildings. The graffiti artist, based out of Cape Town, has been at it since 1988 and out of his wide-ranging portfolio, he chose to incorporate elephants into this series because they easily capture the viewer’s imagination. The site-specific street art also makes use of the physical elements of the environment to make the piece more interesting. Check out some of Falko One’s elephant murals below, and find more on Instagram and on Global Street Art. ...
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50-ft tall mural in New York helps you work better with 10 helpful tips

If you’re looking for ways to make work more effective, look no further than this massive mural at the intersection of New York’s Houston and Mott Streets. As part of a collaboration between the Public Art Fund, Fischli, and Guggenheim curators Nancy Spector and Nat Trotman, the 50-foot-tall mural was produced to tag along with the Guggenheim’s exhibition “Peter Fischli and David Weiss: How to Work Better”. The mural lists 10 ways to make work better and serves as a reminder to slow down and take things one step at a time. The public art is an adaptation of a similar list discovered in a ceramics factory in Thailand about 30 years ago. Check out the ready-made work below, and click here to learn more. ...
Street art

Incredible floating murals by Dutch artist Collin van der Sluijs

Great murals are found in unexpected places and on abnormal surfaces. Collin van der Sluijs explores life’s struggles in some explosive street art on cracked and uneven facades. The Dutch artist investigates, in his own words, the “personal pleasures and struggles in daily life”, using his talent for creating murals that appear to hover on the very surfaces they are placed on. Spray paint, acrylics, and ink, are part of his arsenal as he goes about examining elements of the natural. This often takes the shape of birds, flowers, and even death. Check out some of his brilliant murals below, and find more of his work on Flickr. ...
Art

Abandoned manhole covers in Milan turned into tiny artsy living spaces

Briancoshock has launched a new project titled “Borderlife”, which aims to convert the many abandoned manhole covers on the streets of Milan into miniature rooms. The tiny spaces feature artwork, utensils, and tiled walls too! Despite its flair of humor, Briancoschock is trying to bring attention to a serious problem in Bucharest, where hundreds of the city's poor live in underground sewer systems. Check out some of his re-imagined manhole covers below, and head on over to his website for more. ...
Street art

Large-scale murals combine graffiti and Greek mythology

Pichi & Avo are renowned for their large-scale murals depicting Greek gods and mythology. This past December their works were seen at SCOPE art fair with C.A.V.E. Gallery in the form of two acrylic and aerosol canvases. The paintings combine graffiti and depictions of Greek gods as seen in classical works. The two knock precision and color out of the park considering each piece uses only spray paint. Check out some of their murals below, and find more of Pichi & Avo’s work from around the world on Instagram. ...
Street art

French muralist travels the world creating ominous art featuring children

Like Banksy, Julien Malland (aka Seth) is a muralist that has risen to fame thanks to his traveling street art. The French artist has been going around the world to places like China, Tahiti, New Zealand, Italy, Canada, and the Reunion Islands, creating murals that feature human figures, mostly faceless children that appear to be looking away from the viewer and out into the world. According to his artist statement, Malland draws “simple characters, mostly children, somehow connected to the chaotic environment in which they are revealed.” Check out some of his murals below, and follow him on Instagram and Facebook for more! ...
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Sophisticated floor murals to distract you from cracked sidewalks

Javier De Riba is not in the business of creating flashy wall murals and graffiti tags; instead, he is leaving his mark on the floor. Using overlapped stencils, Riba creates intriguing tile floor patterns as distractions from cracked sidewalks or the floors of abandoned sites. The resulting geometry combined with Riba’s brilliant sense of color prove just how stunning and complex patterns can be. Check out the video below to see Riba in action, and follow him Facebook and on Behance for more! ...
Street art

Massive photorealistic mural in Glasgow livens up downtown area

Street art isn’t exactly famous for its photorealism but Sam Bates is at it again to rectify this popular opinion. The English street artist, also known as Smug, completed a massive mural in Glasgow last week. Adding one more piece to a series that began in 2008 as part of the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail. The aim of the initiative was to liven up the downtown area and with his latest photorealistic mural depicting a bearded man in red hat gracefully looking at a bird accomplishes that. See more of his work on Instagram, and watch the video by Spraying Bricks below to catch Smug at work. ...
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