Norwegian street artist Anders Gjennestad, aka Strøk, (previously featured here) recently enhanced the exterior walls of an elementary school in Gaeta, Italy with his signature hand-cut, multi-layered stencils. This was his contribution to the 2014 Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival. In this setting Strøk’s gravity-defying figures look like students let out for recess who decided to walk up the walls in search of a place to play.

Photos by Anne Esser

[via My Modern Metropolis and StreetArtNews]

The Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork has been on fire lately with exciting new finds. Today we explore the work of a phenomenal Portuguese graffiti writer named Odeith. He’s been painting since 1996 and appears to have mastered the art of making his letters look like they’re popping off the walls and floating above the ground.

His visual trickery is at its best when used in corners or other narrow spaces. Then it’s all too easy to forget that you’re looking at flat surfaces. This is some serious skill and, as a result, these days Odeith doesn’t just paint on walls, he’s also received corporate commissions from companies all over the world such as Shell, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Estradas de Portugal and S. L. Benfica.

[via Scene360]

Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork presents one of the largest pieces of anamorphic street art we’ve seen to date. Created by Swiss artist Felice Varini (previously featured here) for the Unie Hasselt-Genk public art exhibition, the piece was painted on the roofs and facades of 99 buildings located in the city centre of Hasselt, Belgium. Entitled Trois ellipses ouvertes en désordre, Varini’s massive painting can only be viewed in its entirety from a specific vantage point. However the piece is so large that the individual segments are attractions unto themselves.

[via StreetArtNews]

Summer is here, which means we can look forward to enjoying more awesome sand sculptures. When it comes to the visionary creations of Guy-Olivier Deveau, professional sand, ice, snow and wood sculptor, it’s less about simply enjoying and than marveling at followed by hoping something else comes to mind before turning out the lights at night.

You can check out more of Deveau’s epic sand sculptures by following him right here on Tumblr at godeveau.

[via Screenburn]

This awesome crop circle recently materialized overnight in a field in Poirino, Italy. Look closely at the upper left corner of the top photo. Those tiny white objects are cars and they help emphasize just how large this formation is. Although we won’t blame you if you don’t believe us, this spectacular pattern was created by crop circle artist Francesco Grassi and a team of six other circle-makers. The piece is called the “LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions) Clock.”

According to Paolo Attivissimo, a science journalist and one of the circle makers responsible for this piece, the farmer who owns this field gave permission and was compensated for the use of their land. In addition Attivissimo stated:

"We did not need work lights or megaphones. We worked at night, from 10:30 pm to 4 am, and in darkness, using the light from the nearby roads and the occasional low-power handheld torch. Fewer than 10 people in total made this formation. Also, no aliens were harmed in the making of this work."

Click here for additional photos.

[via io9 and Francesco Grassi]

UK-based artist and designer INSA (previously featured here) recently traveled to Taiwan for the Pow! Wow! Taiwan international street art festival. He collaborated with friend and fellow artist MADSTEEZ to create this awesome piece of Gif-iti on the side of an eight-story building.

INSA and MADSTEEZ spent five days painting around the clock, enduring monsoon rains, to create this gorgeous mural. And remember, because it’s Gif-iti, they had to paint it more than once. It took four passes to create the finished piece. It’s the largest Gif-iti mural that Insa has created yet.

Click here for a time-lapse video of the creation of this fantastic animated mural.

Head over to Insaland for process photos.

The weather is warming up so it’s high time we shared more awesome sand sculptures. The spectacular pieces you see here are the work of Cleveland, OH-based sand sculptor and woodworker Carl Jara, who explained to Colossal that, “his intention is to sculpt things with sand you would never expect to see at a sand castle competition.” He’s so skillful that it’s easy to forget that his massive sculptures are fragile works made of nothing but sand.

Visit Carl Jara’s Flickr gallery to view many more of his phenomenal sand sculptures.

[via Beautiful/Decay and Colossal]

New Zealand-based artist Jamie Harkins is a musician and a painter, but when he’s not in his Mount Maunganui studio doing either of those things, he’s often down at the beach creating awesome works of anamorphic art in the sand. To create such large pieces Harkins collaborates with other artists such as Lucia Lupf, David Rendu and Constanza Nightingale.

In an interview with The New Zealand Herald, Harkins explains:

“We’ve seen other people doing stuff on beaches, but it’s always been geometric, flat shapes, like a pattern, so we thought we’d get into the whole 3D thing. And I kind of like the fact that it disappears at the end of the day when the tide comes in. It makes it impermanent.”

Although each piece disappears as the tide rolls in, before that inevitability they make for fantastic photo ops.

Visit Jamie Harkins’ Facebook page to check out more of his extraordinary ephemeral sand art.

[via Neatorama and Twisted Sifter]

Puerto Rican street artist JUFE has an awesome painting style which looks like 3D grid renderings created on a computer rather than skillfully executed paintings on a wall. These roses and crab claw were created in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Visit JUFE’s website to check out more of his artwork.

[via StreetArtNews]

We love this beautifully clever piece of street art recently created by Spanish artist Pejac. He found a section of wall that had been damaged by a car accident, which exposed some of the brick wall behind the facade, and altered it to appear as though a paper plane was miraculously bursting through the bricks and flying off into the darkness behind them.

Head over to Pejac’s website to check out more of his fantastic street art interventions.

[via StreetArtNews]