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Painting With The Earth: A Large-Scale Mural Made of Mud

Thursday 10.09.2014 , Posted by
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After 2 weeks of labor, Japanese artist and painter Yusuke Asai has completed a stunning mural that looks as though it was created with a large palette of brown paints, but in actuality he used 27 different types of soil. Since he was commissioned to do this work in Houston, Texas, Asai used dirt that was local to the area. He was expecting to have 10 different shades, but was pleasantly surprised with the 17 bonus soils, collected by students and volunteers, which included shades of red, green, and yellow. Although Asai has been doing this work since 2008, he has never worked with so many shades. He calls this piece “yamatane”, which is Japanese for “mountain seed”. Surprisingly, the only art training that Asai has had was a ceramics class in high school. When he realized he could not afford art school at a university, he studied folk and tribal art on his own at zoos and museums, and perfected his own techniques. [Read more...]

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These Murals in Tehran Merge with the Sky

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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The architecture in the city of Tehran is a mixed bag. One building can have a nice modern facade, while the surrounding buildings are just simple and gray. This discrepancy in building practices led to the government allotting a budget committed to making public art a greater priority. For the past eight years, local Iranian artists have been commissioned to do large murals on the blank buildings to “color” up the city they all love. [Read more...]

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Paint the Town Red… and Blue, and Green. A Mexican Town Gets a Colorful Makeover

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by
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The neighborhood of Colonia Las Americas in Querétaro, México is getting a colorful makeover. The first phase of the project began last November when neighbors and local volunteers started painting the community with the direction of urban art collective Boa Mistura. [Read more...]

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Rainbow Colored X-Ray Style Large Scale Murals Art By Shok-1

Saturday 01.04.2014 , Posted by
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London-based street artist Shok Oner, better known as SHOK-1, is back with a vibrant new x-ray style. Layering spray paint, he creates patterns and geometric shapes out of neurons, bones, and insects in vivid colors. Last month, he displayed his new style in a solo show in London appropriately named X-Rainbow. Be sure to watch the video below in which SHOK-1 explains the intentions behind his work and “organic” methods. [Read more...]

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Mysterious Ancient Symbols with Modern Style: Brett Flanigan

Wednesday 11.06.2013 , Posted by

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This art feels like the 1988 movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” where the cartoon characters exist in the physical world.  Brett Flanigan invents surreal spaces seemingly native to the ‘digital’ and then gives them life in the ‘physical.’ This phenomenon is particularly noticeable in the huge outdoor murals that Brett creates in his unique style. The art seems to be transformed from a designed virtual space, into hand-pained art, which makes the work both ironic and more ‘human.’ [Read more...]

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Carnovsky’s Fabulous RGB Shifting Landscapes

Thursday 04.25.2013 , Posted by

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Carnovsky has continued their incredible color shifting wall coverings for Milan design week 2013, this time featuring themes of atmosphere, architecture, perspective, emotion and the ephemeral in constant movement. Their curved piece Atmospheric N.1, above, featured on the ground floor of the exhibition and changed from brilliant sunrises to sunsets, storms and even that elusive green flash as the sun disappears. The effect is created using bright LEDs in a RGB array, with illustrations in the exact same color on the wall itself. Simply by changing the color of the light, images come and go – merging together and solidifying as the lights brighten and fade. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #409 > Freedom To Paint: Murals & Graffiti

Saturday 03.30.2013 , Posted by

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Extreme Makeover: Church Edition

Tuesday 01.22.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes churches need makeovers. Over the course of many years some churches just don’t get the attendance they used to, and without the people to support the building expenses and upkeep, some churches close down. Such was the case of a church located in Ward 6, an up and coming waterfront neighborhood in Washington D.C. It was up for sale and it needed a facelift. With the help of a private commission, artist Hense was brought on to baptize this church into a new beginning and bring a little color to the local neighborhood. [Read more...]

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Stinkfish: Colorful Street Artist Hits Chile

Tuesday 01.08.2013 , Posted by

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Stinkfish is a street artist hailing from the country of Colombia. Throughout his artistic life he has painted murals around the South American continent. Drawing inspiration from photos of people, Stinkfish creates faces with his colorful touch. Stinkfish was most recently in Chile where he did a series of new murals on the streets of Santiago, Valparaiso, La Serena, San Pedro and Antofagasta. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #333 > Complimenting The Streets

Wednesday 12.12.2012 , Posted by

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