New Zealand looks like the place to go if you want to get your street art noticed. Back in 2013, artist Paul Walsh painted a Grumpy Cat on a wall at his local dog park (after a few beers) but it got painted over. Locals were upset, petitioned the council and low and behold, a local newspaper published what had happened.
Montreal’s street art festival MURAL returned this month on Saint-Laurent Boulevard with 20 new works of visual art created on its grounds – we mean, walls – over a span of 11 days, culminating in the grand completion on June 14. It was business as usual as the boulevard was closed off between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue for the annual spray painting update with the massive huge public art gathering and trigger-happy crowds snapping away everywhere.
Visitors to Christchurch will immediately be struck by the sheer number of buildings (1,240) which have come down since the 2011 earthquake. But colour is slowly creeping back into this re-emerging city.
If you’re looking to set your eyes on some serious street art – street art where some of the world’s best artists come to play – you don’t have to travel to New York or Buenos Aires. Some of the very best street art is right in Melbourne’s backyard. And by backyard I mean smack bang in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
Wanksy – an anonymous street artist from Manchester, England – has discovered a novel way to get those wankers from government to address the city’s pothole problems.
Hong Kong’s street art scene has been slowly but surely blooming. Like the greenery in this city, bits of it have been gradually peeking out from behind the greyness of the sidewalks and skyscrapers, adding splashes of colour that brighten up this concrete jungle. With international street artists like French mosaic master Invader contributing their pieces to the walls of the SAR, and street art festivals such as HKWalls being held around town, the people’s appetite for visual stimulation amid the concrete jungle has been whetted.
Rainy days can really put a damper on things. Like your mood. So one street artist decided he would make the residents of rainy Seattle smile, and install artworks that came alive when it rained.
Some street art is so abstract you can’t understand it. Other street art can be too high brow to get (no, seriously). But there’s one street artist who makes a point of colouring the streets with murals everyone will understand… and love. And his name is Seth Globepainter.
It’s no surprise anonymous graffiti artist, Banksy, is known for creating controversy and shedding truth on popular current issues. His name alone is almost synonymous with causing a public stir. So what’s his latest controversial art commentary? He took on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Gaza strip.
Winter can be dull and drab, especially if it snows a lot, so Quebec City have decorated their snowy streets with 34 giant lampshades to bring back some much-needed cheer.
French artist Chifumi Krohom from Strasbourg, who lives in Phnom Penh, purports to have a taste for experimentation with no destination or purpose, which pretty much sums up the greatness of his larger-than-life wheatpasted works across Cambodia, Nepal, India, as well as Italy and France.