Throughout the history of street art, train cars and the tunnels they pass through have served as a canvas for street artists to make their mark. In Portugal, artist Artur Bordalo has used a slightly different canvas to put his work on: the tracks themselves. Is this now what we call Rail Art? It could be. [Read more...]
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...]
You’ll need sunglasses at night for Montréal’s current Luminothérapie (Light Therapy) public art festival. An annual celebration of art and technology with growing recognition outside of the country, the two public art projects selected this year – Entre les rangs (Between the ranks) and Trouve Bob (Find Bob) – shone from the pack of over 50 submissions. [Read more...]
Street artist RONE’s newest work makes us do a double take. Painted on a five-story building at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin, the piece looks perfect from a distance, yet proves rough and dripping upon closer inspection. One example of the Melbourne-based artists’ extensive street portraits, the mural embodies RONE’s efforts to “locate the friction point between beauty and decay, the lavish and despoiled, creating an iconic form of urban art with a strongly emotional bent.” [Read more...]
Street artist TEC, an Argentinian who recently made the move from Buenos Aires to São Paulo has been busy sprucing up the local roads. With TEC in town, all of a sudden various large street paintings have appeared on the asphalt in the largest city of Brazil. Equipping himself with a paint roller, he works mostly at night, painting enormous creatures that appear to be moving through the urban streets. Like the Nazca Lines of Peru, the paintings are best enjoyed from above. [Read more...]
A collaborative photo series of lost astronauts bizarrely navigating earth emerged organically last week in Calgary, Alberta. An organization called Beakerhead had the suit flown in for a week-long event series, and photographers Neil Zeller and Kelly Hofer capitalized on the opportunity to take some stunning photos. [Read more...]
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In the politically charged regions of Lebanon come new messages from local street artists. All over the country, spray painted propaganda symbols of religions and political parties are found on the walls. They signal to others that one district is Shia, while the other Christian. They show if a building supports Hezbollah or the Communist party. After a while, it just becomes commonplace to the people – but to some local graphic designers and street artists, the walls needed a little “touch up.” [Read more...]