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OakOak Uses Street Art to Clean Up the City

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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During the waking hours, the man known as OakOak goes about his 9-5 day, working in a typical office in Saint Etienne, France. But, once the workday is finished, OakOak becomes a creative sniper, scoping out opportunities to shoot paint in the urban spaces of the city. [Read more...]

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Get a Sniff of this Street Art from Plastic Jesus

Tuesday 03.25.2014 , Posted by
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Is that a huge pile of cocaine, a rolled up twenty dollar bill and an American “Excess” card? It’s not hard to understand why people are bowing down to LA street artist Plastic Jesus and his wonderfully satirical brand of subversive art. His pieces have been springing up around the world, winning him plenty of praise, and doing something truly special: making people laugh and think. [Read more...]

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“Roadsworth” Takes Art To The Streets – Literally

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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Public art takes a left turn with the inventive markings of public artist Roadsworth. Since 2001, Roadsworth – aka Peter Gibson – has been painting the pavement of his native Montreal as well as various international destinations. Reworking crosswalks into rows of bullets and transforming turning lane arrows into whales’ tails, Roadsworth imagines ordinary street markings as simply the beginnings for bigger, bolder, and more fantastic imagery.  [Read more...]

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Abandoned Hotel Becomes a Temporary Street Art Gallery

Friday 03.21.2014 , Posted by
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Somewhere deep in the U.K. is an abandoned hotel. While busy wasting away in the foggy land, a collective group of street artists decided it should serve as their next temporary canvas. Creating an “alternative art gallery,” the artists painted their works throughout the ten story building. In the process, debris were cleared for walkways and it became a nice space for locals to explore and see the various works. [Read more...]

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What if City Billboards Where Plastered with Art Instead of Ads?

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re the citizen of any world city, you’re used to seeing ads just about everywhere. From cosmetics models staring back at the bus stop, to flashing electronic billboards advertising bubbly sugar water, it’s hard to avoid being bombarded by advertising – subliminal or not. French artist Etienne Lavie has a solution that will make artists happy and ad execs sad: fill the city with art. Lavie has imagined replacing the many billboards of Paris with classic artworks, from Renaissance to Impressionism. [Read more...]

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Swept Away: The Stunning, Temporary Sand Paintings of Joe Mangrum

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a new sandman in town, and this one doesn’t sprinkle magical sand in children’s eyes as they sleep. Joe Mangrum creates beautiful murals on the ground, painting with the ephemeral medium of colored sand. He has sprinkled his masterpieces on the streets of Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and even Sesame Street. Creating vibrant, kaleidoscopic images as sand falls from his hand, Mangrum improvises the designs as he goes, never fully knowing what the final product will look like until it’s finished. After the jump, check out the time lapse video below of Mangrum creating a piece for the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. [Read more...]

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The Writing Is On The Wall In Louisville, KY

Monday 01.13.2014 , Posted by
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Type and setting come together in a big way thanks to artists Bryan Patrick Todd and Kirby Stafford. Todd, a graphic designer, and Stafford, a sign painter, transform empty urban walls into giant typographic artworks that change the face of the Louisville neighborhoods they call home. [Read more...]

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Guerrilla Designers Create Elaborate Quote Art on Chalkboards

Wednesday 01.08.2014 , Posted by
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The Columbus College of Art and Design has a vandal on the loose. The guerrilla chalk art duo called #DangerDust has been commandeering classroom chalkboards in secret and creating detailed artworks of typography and design. Their creations feature inspirational quotes by famous figures. The two anonymous students plan, sketch, and execute their chalk art and, in true guerrilla style, leave the board balancing on chairs in the classroom for a Monday morning surprise. [Read more...]

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Floating Tree Illusion in Germany

Friday 01.03.2014 , Posted by
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Whether you want to call it a rural intervention or illusory street art, this fantastic illusion created by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu is convincing. The duo wrapped a tree in Potsdam, Germany with plastic sheet, then carefully painted the background landscape to create the illusion of a tree cut in half. Here the top of the tree floats, suspended in space – and only a video can break the spell to show us exactly what’s happening. [Read more...]

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Stoplight Spotlight: Photos of Traffic Lights Through Fog

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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German artist Lucas Zimmerman stops traffic in his recent series of photographs. Portraying ordinary stoplights illuminating a foggy street near Weimar, Zimmerman catches an urban light show of bright, diffused colors and reveals the striking visual potential found in low-visibility conditions. [Read more...]

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