The Groundswell Mural Project is an inspiring organization that works with New York City youths that come from low-income families. Annually, up to 800 young participants, aged 14 to 21, are motivated to join their programs, where they make new friends, express themselves, develop art skills, and work collaboratively all while beautifying neighborhoods around them.
What a brilliant idea by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz: a curious mash-up of an elephant and an octopus as a street mural, with its trunk as one of the octopus arms. Diaz apparently took an entire week at Hanbury Street off Brick Lane, London, to complete the work with tiny little brushstrokes. Sure beats going to the zoo and imagining hybrids animals that don’t exist.
I helped Jo Peel on one of her Wall projects in East London. I was taking still photographs whilst Peel was painting her latest masterpiece of a local, urban street scene. By using brushes as well as sprays, Peel paints smaller strokes that build up to give real, overall impact. The photographs were then made […]
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, behind these amazing landscape faces, also did a hugely expressive face portrait mural in Manama, Bahrain (Yousif Manama Bahrain) as part of the Alwan 338 festival last year. Based on one of a few hundred of traditional Bahrain fisherman who exist today, the mural is meant to be temporal, succumbing to the erosive […]
Even though many don’t expect Buenos Aires, or Latin America in general, to be a hotspot for awesome street art, it is. Check out this new mural which bloomed through a collaboration between Belgian artist ROA and the Argentine artist, Ever, in the ever-hip neighbourhood of Palermo. The work, called The People Feed Communism to the Beast, is a beautiful example of two talented street artists working together to create something stunning.
The objective of German artist Franz Ackermann was to travel to Buenos Aires, stay there for two months, creating one of his mental maps by taking photos of the highlights of this city and than converting these into a mural which will be exhibited at the Faena Arts Center, as well in Buenos Aires. By visiting the 2800 square foot room, you´ll see and experience the biggest mural in his career, which consists of 25 panels of wood painted in vibrant colours.
Hardware store owner David Goldberg found a creative way to put his old, outdated doorknob collection to good use. He created a mural of Van Gogh’s famous ‘Starry Night’ out of hundreds of his unused doorknobs instead of selling them for scrap metal. Goldberg’s mural can be found in his hometown of Bethesda, Maryland.
I was with Shepard Fairey this summer creating art for The London Pleasure Gardens. His trial was still pending, which I am sure was causing him some stress and also creating a distortion lens for his art career. Most talk about Shepard had been about his celebrity or his public foibles eclipsing his artwork.
Italian artist Blu just threw down an amazingly huge mural on an abandoned building in Rome. Keeping it simple with just black on white, Blu depicts the obvious and not so obvious evils that plague today’s global society.
The Los Angeles art collective known as Cyrcle just finished their latest mural, which could possibly be one of LA’s biggest murals. Standing at 11k square feet, the project titled Magic Is Real sits on the streets of Echo Park and it’s a precursor for their second solo show taking place in mid-November. The mural took about a month to complete and it combines Cyrcle’s clean aesthetic with references to the ouroboros, microscopic organisms, and even a nod to the infinity sign which the group have utilized in previous work. So if you happen to be around the Los Angeles area, check out this mural, and in the meantime, take a look at the photos shot by theonepointeight.
Created in the courtyard of the Keserne Basel, a former miltary base, this mural demanded audience participation by asking volunteers to lay “dead” on the asphalt and let their silhouettes be illustrated for the completion of the mural.
Drastic Park, the latest mural collaboration from Tes One and Bask, drills deep in contrast. The new work is part of an initiative to bring more public art to the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg, Florida. To see the complete mural, visit their website.
The mural No Signal at Kriezotou street in the center of Athens, just a few blocks from the Greek Parliament, is a work by local artist Panos Sklavenitis. Of this street art, he says: ‘The sign No Signal interests me for a number of reasons. It declares and cancels at the same time the lack […]
Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel recently completed Same Sun, the hand-painted, abstract mural and kinetic shadow installation on a five-story, 14,000-sf water tank in California. One third of the five month project was hand-held brushwork, done solely by the two artists. The artwork has a unique kinetic element whereby the installation interacts with the sun through shadows that move across the tank and complete the phrase, The Sun Shines Upon Us All, creating an interesting connection between time and place.
Mainstreamers are two guys, Luka and Nootk, based in Moscow, Russia. They started out in 2007 doing graffiti, moved onto decorating murals, and are now involved in all sorts of creative activities. Mainstreamers follow one common path of creating characters out of objects and letters. Their colour pallets are always precisely chosen and work well with […]