324 posts tagged Street Art
324 posts tagged Street Art
Twin Brazilian street artists Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, collectively known as Os Gêmeos (previously featured here), just completed this awesomely huge, vibrant and detailed piece covering six towering silos on Granville island in Vancouver, Canada for the Vancouver Biennale. These massive Giants are the brothers’ largest work to date.They spent three months painting the 75-foot-tall industrial towers in their distinctive colorful style, full of smaller hidden characters. A successful Indiegogo fundraising campaign helped the brothers cover the expenses needed to complete this non-profit public art project.
The twins spent the final days adding numerous details to their characters – pockets, stitches, buttons, shoes, fabric patterns, all by using lots of bright colors and by painting more and more signature yellow faces. Using the architecture of the silos, the giants are all kneeling with four of them facing one way, and the other two facing the other way, giving the finished work a full 360 degree identity.
Spanish street artist Pejac (previously featured here) isn’t content with using details as inspiration for enhancing the urban landscape. He’s also used the windows inside his own home to create playful works of art, including a recent tribute to the 40th anniversary of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s legendary walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.
"Back in 2011, when he was living in Valencia, surrounded by surveillance cameras and without curtains to protect his privacy, Pejac started experimenting with paper and acrylic works on glass. He shared a couple of these earlier works with us, photographed by Paco Esteve. Feeling exposed and trapped inside his home, he started creating these as a way of fighting this lack of privacy. By using the view from his house as a backdrop for these miniature works, he created little urban art pieces in privacy of his living room."
Head over to Hi-Fructose for additional process photos.
Depending on where you live graffiti pieces may be a regular sight, but even if that’s so, those pieces are usually created in secret - painted in abandoned or out-of-the-way locations or at least under the cover of darkness. Unless you’re hanging around legal walls, it’s unusual to get to watch a writer execute one of their pieces. This time-lapse video, produced by paint company Ironlak, shows Melbourne-based street artist Sofles doing what he does best inside an abandoned building. It’s pretty awesome to watch the creation of a burner. He makes it look so easy while revealing just how many steps there are in creating a piece of this caliber.
[via Design Taxi]
Street artist Reed Bmore uses needle-nose pliers and lengths of galvanized wire to create lyrical and playful pieces art that he hangs around the city of Baltimore, Maryland. He designed a clip system for his wire sculptures that enables them to hang securely while still being able to move with the breeze. And if you’re wondering how he gets them up there in the first place, while Reed was actually climbing street light and traffic poles at first, these days he uses a telescoping painter’s pole instead.
Considering that his work is put up in Baltimore and made of wire, we were delighted to learn that the artist is currently working on a series of pieces based on the TV series The Wire.
Lausanne, Switzerland-based multimedia artist Gavin Worth bends steel wire into expressive forms and figures that have the appearance of 2D line drawings magically lifted from the page and suspended in midair. Worth’s creates wire illustrations that depict the human form and capture the beauty of fleeting moments of everyday life and tender human interactions.
"By bending black wire into something of freestanding line drawings, I create sculptures that engage the viewer by involving them in their subtle changes. When the light in the room shifts, so does the mood of the piece. A breeze might softly move an arm. My wire sculptures tell stories of simple human moments: a woman adjusting her hair, a face gazing from behind tightly wrapped arms, a mother gently cradling her baby. The honest, unguarded moments are the ones that I find to be the most beautiful."
Visit Gavin Worth’s website to explore more of his creations.
Spanish street artist Pejac (previously featured here), skilled at making use of the urban landscape, recently paid a visit to Paris where he cleverly transformed a long crack in a wall into a wavy, dreamlike door, ever so slightly ajar. We can’t guarantee that it’s a gateway to Narnia, but - if you can get it open - we suspect this door leads somewhere awesome.
A few months ago we shared some of S. Morita’s photos of Japan’s beautifully decorated manhole covers. In Japan there’s an official Society of Manhole Covers and this sort of urban beautification is a municipal responsibility. Today we learned that even though China has no such system in place, a 24-year-old art graduate named Hu Yifan is taking it upon himself to decorate the manhole covers in his neighborhood. So far Yifan has painted over 30 manhole covers in the Xiaodian district of Taiyuan, capital of Northwest China’s Shanxi province. Sometimes he simply paints a fun, colorful image on the cover, while other times he uses the covers to create larger pieces on the street. China is an enormous country with countless manhole covers, so we hope this is just the beginning of a delightful decoration process.
Photos by Wu Junjie/ China News Service
Portuguese street artist Bordalo II (previously featured here) is back in his hometown of Lisbon where he used scrap metal, found objects, urban detritus and vibrant paint to create this awesome “Space Grasshopper" installation.
UK-based street artist JPS creates playful site-specific stencils that turn puddles into oceans, wall cracks into rushing rapids, and CCTV cameras into Johnny Five. His clever creations remind us of the whimsical work of French street artist OaKoAk (previously featured here).
Belgium-based street artist ROA (previously featured here) recently spent some time in Djerba, Tunisia where he participated in the Djerbahood project, an open-air museum project featuring the work of hundreds of artists from thirty different nationalities, all organized by Galerie Itinerrance. ROA made wonderful use of the city’s numerous domed buildings to create fantastic creatures in his signature monochromatic style.
Visit the Djerbahood website to check out many more pieces from this awesome project.