281 posts tagged Street Art
281 posts tagged Street Art
Baltimore-based interventionist public artist Graham Corell-Allen recently completed an awesome series of crosswalk makeovers that turned unremarkable zebra crossings into delightful hopscotch courses. Entitled Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus, this is one of four projects underway to transform crosswalks in downtown Baltimore into whimsical works of interactive art.
From the artist’s website:
"The Monumental City is played by giants among many – the business person, the bird, the worker and you. Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus is an intersection of four over-sized hopscotch-court-crosswalks, each featuring a quintessential Baltimore path-print. Featuring the shoe, the bird track, the boot and the footprint, the project is a monument to the people who populate the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District and make Baltimore The Greatest City in America."
[via My Modern Metropolis]
UK-based artist and designer INSA (previously featured here) just shared an awesome new Gif-iti piece. This time INSA traveled to The Gambia where he painted the outside of a thatched mud hut as part of Lynx Africa’s 18th anniversary celebration:
"It was only after I had had all the inoculations and boarded the plane that I realised I had misread the brief of ‘Make a piece of work inspired by Africa’ to Make a piece of work IN Africa!
Anyway it worked out well as I couldn’t think of a better way to produce a piece of work inspired by a place than actually visiting it. I flew to The Gambia and spent some time in and around the villages on the mangroves of Makasutu Jungle. I painted a traditional african thatched mud hut that belong to Saloum and his 2 wives and many children. Saloum was particularly pleased with the marching elephants as they have pretty much been wiped out in The Gambia apart from the one owed by the president.”
Denver, Colorado-based artist Joseph Martinez creates amazingly detailed miniature oil paintings on the inside of matchbooks. His latest series, entitled A Little Piece of the Bay, is dedicated to San Francisco and its graffiti and street artists.
Visit Joseph’s website to check out more of his artwork.
"Step right up!","Test your strength!"
We love it when street artists get playful with their surroundings and incorporate the existing features of an area into their work. This simple, yet clever stencil, which turns a fire alarm into a high striker game, was created by Banksy somewhere in New York’s Upper West Side.
The UK-based artist is on the 20th day of his self-proclaimed Better Out than In month-long residency in New York. That he looked at a fire alarm, something most of us would walk past without giving a first, let alone second thought, and saw a carnival game just makes us smile.
This tentacular piece of yarnbombing is the collaborative work of Jill Watt, who blogs as the Dapper Toad, and her sister Lorna of Knits For Life. This isn’t their first knitted creation, but it is their biggest yet.
The sisters used four miles of yarn to transform a Magnolia tree in San Mateo, CA into a giant blue squid. They even included some crocheted goldfish trapped in the squid’s tentacles.
"Lorna, an artist-in-residence for the Downtown San Mateo Association, wrote up a great post on how she and her sister conceived of, designed, and then created the “Yarnbomb Squid Tree.” Jill reports that it took 20 hours on a sweater machine to make enough to cover the tree and that it took them 14 hours to install it, in 91°F weather!”
[via Laughing Squid]
London-based street artist Slinkachu (previously posted here), master manipulator of miniature people for the Little People Project, recently returned from Paris where he helped promote ReAct Paris, “a conference organised by the European Parliament to tackle the problems of unemployment in Europe, particularly youth unemployment, which in some parts of Europe stand close to a miserable 30%.”
Slinkachu created an awesome series of wonderfully tiny street art installations throughout the city involving miniature workers doing their respective jobs while hidden in plain sight. Their presence was meant to ask the question: "Why is it so hard to find a job?"
The piece you see here involves an itty-bitty museum guard protecting a teeny-weeny Mona Lisa. It was thoughtfully positioned overlooking The Louvre Museum.
But it’s not just the rover that’s made of LEGO bricks. You may have noticed that Curiosity’s little Martian friends are LEGO minifigs as well.
Russian street artist Nomerz, one of our favourite personifiers of public structures, recently transformed this culvert, located somewhere in the Ural Mountains, into a wide-eyed toothy creature with a bit of a salivation problem.
Click here to watch a time-lapse video of Nomerz creating this playful piece.