Sometimes the best artworks aren’t found inside a stuffy, old art gallery or museum. Sometimes, they may just be found on the street, or on the lid of a manhole, or on a wall. Here are the 10 best street art works from 2013, so far!
Of course, what’s a top 10 street artist list without Banksy? The famous street artist made daily headlines this year as he took up his residency in New York with his ‘Better Out Than In’ series.
He created various installations like the moving van loaded with sad stuffed animals, the Central Park graffiti store (which sold poorly), and the makeshift Sphinx of Giza (which was eventually taken down and sold by a nearby shop owner). Fans of Banksy’s artworks also created a site dedicated to tracking down his installations and encouraging people to steal them.
Clet Abraham created funny and thought provoking stickers that he stuck on various street signs. He wanted to highlight the confining effects that rules and society’s structures have on our personal expression and thought.
Ever and Roa collaboration
Roa is a famous graffiti artist known for his animal paintings that have graced many walls in Europe and the US. Ever is a street artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina whose style usually involves portraits of people. Together they collaborated on a beautiful piece called The People Feed Communism to the Beast. The image of Chairman Mao’s head being offered to an elephant seal is an interesting and surreal image full of symbolism.
German street artist EVOL has created a city within a city, or if you look at it another way, free housing for really small people. He has transformed dull and ordinary power boxes in Berlin using complicated stencils to create miniature buildings. His works are so realistic, that it’s hard to tell the miniatures from the real thing. He has created many of these installations in many places, effectively ending homelessness for tiny people.
If you think abandoned psychiatric hospitals couldn’t get any creepier, think again. Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione visited an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy and decided to add some personal touch to it. Anyone who wanders into this place will certainly be spooked by the dark and eerie phantoms and shadow people inhabiting the walls and floors. This is a part of his 1000 Shadows series, where he paints similar silhouettes in different places around the world.
Fallen Soldiers by Andy Moss and Jamie Wardley
The Fallen 9000 is a piece that serves as a reminder and tribute to the people who died during the D-Day beach landings at Arromanches on June 6th, 1944 during World War 2. It’s a temporary – and by temporary we mean it’s gone as soon as the high tide kicks in – installation that was etched with rakes and stencils to represent the silhouettes of the fallen bodies. British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss didn’t do it alone (that would’ve taken forever). They received help from nearly 500 volunteers.
JR is a French artist and photographer and is one of the most widely-know street artists in the world. Part of his ongoing Inside Out Project, he created a mural for the façade of The National Library of France. This is his largest printed piece installation, to date.
M&C Saatchi Milano
Who says advertising agencies can’t make great street art? A giant submarine appeared to have suddenly burst out onto the streets of Milan, drawing the attention of many. Turns out, this was a clever ploy and PR campaign by M&C Saatchi Milano, Europ Assistance, and Genertel.
Now this is how you give power to the people. Mobstr recently came out with a piece called The Scribble Board, an installation where the public can freely express their creativity with the help of pens and markers provided. Rather than create art that expressed their own opinion, Mobstr created a space where everyone’s opinion were counted and heard.
Nychos and Jeff Soto collaboration
One of the most visually entertaining and stunning artworks around, this piece by Jeff Soto and Nychos is a testament to their individual styles that meshed pretty well.