8 posts tagged Urban
8 posts tagged Urban
Paige Smith, an artist who works under the moniker A Common Name, creates awesome 3D street art installations in the form of resin sculptures that mimic crystals and other geological formations. The walls of brick buildings, drainpipes, and other ordinary public structures and surfaces appear to contain beautiful geodes - Urban Geodes. These enchanting installations have been embedded throughout Los Angeles and Paige has mapped their locations on the A Common Name website.
“‘Geodes’ in the city and the ones you find in nature have a parallel aspect — they are unexpected treasures,” said A Common Name. “You might go hunting for treasures but you generally happen upon them during your adventures or casual interaction with the environment. I enjoy the fact that many people will not notice these, but some astute people will; that these will not last forever and the weather will affect them as naturally as it might in nature.”
We love street art that makes creative use of the urban landscape and, of course, the artists responsible for it. This awesome piece was created by Louis Gan in Penang, Malaysia. Although some would probably give it a go, real kids might have a hard time getting a lot of enjoyment out of swings set up right in front of a wall. But these two painted children seem to be having a delightful time.
We also love the name of the street this is on: Step By Step Lane.
Photo by Avinash Advani
[via Street Art Utopia]
More wonderfully whimsical street art by French artist OaKoAK (previously featured here), who likes to play with existing elements of the urban landscape, often making surprisingly small alterations or enhancements to achieve striking results, enabling us to see the world through his eyes.
"Using simple means and materials, OakOak undermines his neighborhood with playful results. He uses a minimal amount of actual original artwork, instead re-purposing signs, facades, cement blocks, chipping paint, and more. OakOak transforms a neighborhood’s imperfections into its own adornments. "
He says of his interventions:
“The less I intervene on the wall or the road, the better, especially if I can totally change the sense of the urban environment.”
[via Beautiful Decay]
We’re always up for a swing. Would anyone else like to go play? The view from these swings looks spectacular.
Didier Fiuza Faustino created this awesome billboard swing for an installation entitled Double Happiness. This “urban reanimation device” was created for the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture in 2009.
“Double Happiness responds to the society of materialism where individual desires seem to be prevailing over all. This nomad piece of urban furniture allows the reactivation of different public spaces and enables inhabitants to reappropriate fragments of their city. They will both escape and dominate public space through a game of equilibrium and desequilibrium. By playing this “risky” game, and testing their own limits, two persons can experience together a new perception of space and recover an awareness of the physical world.”
Are you familiar with the proper care and feeding procedures for your local street signs, lights, hydrants, and mailboxes?
Urban Plant Tags is yet another awesome project by the Minneapolis-based Carmichael Collective, the creative people who previously introduced us to Bug Memorials and the deliciousness that is Piñata Anatomy.
Private Urban Lawn Device - just needs a couple pink lawn flamingos.