5bis rue du Verneuil
is the home of Serge Gainsbourg in Paris. This short film peels off the layers of graffiti left on the wall there.
- a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis. Made at Fame Festival 2009.
Noted street artist Shepard Fairey wants his "brick unadorned".
When a local blogger posts about Fairey's building being sandblasted, and covered with an anti-graffiti coating, Fairey responds.
On April 25th, 2009, over 50 artists and 26 whitewashers spread out over lower Manhattan as part Jordan Seiler's
"New York Street Advertising Takeover". Over 120 illegal billboards were whitewashed
, then turned into "personal pieces of art
." One person was arrested. More pictures. via
Hi! I'd like you to meet Craig.
He has a time machine and his grandmother's a bit deaf, so you'll have to speak up.
Meet the new star of street art - 10yr old Solveig
. She's painted the Berlin Wall, designed tattoos, and even has her own little female possee, the All Girl Crew
"As part of Liverpool's Capital of Culture year, the French group La Machine
were commissioned to create a large piece of street theatre, on the scale of their earlier work, the Sultan's Elephant
. Many were expecting to see something using the iconic Liverbirds, the symbol of the city but instead we got a spider." We also got some amazing photographs from Peter Carr
of the gorgeously monstrous 37-ton, 50-foot arachnid.
For the last few years across Melbourne a mysterious, box like man has been appearing. He is known as crate man. He has appeared sitting atop factories
, climbing into the city
, on cranes
, in the city
, taking a smoke
, being crucified
, on factories
, climbing around
and occasionally just having a hard time
Currently he is just hanging out in Yarraville having a brew
Via Melbourne in photos
and The Wooster collective
Street With a view On May 3rd 2008, artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley invited the Google Inc. Street View team and residents of Pittsburgh’s Northside to collaborate on a series of tableaux along Sampsonia Way. Neighbors, and other participants from around the city, staged scenes ranging from a parade and a marathon, to a garage band practice, a seventeenth century sword fight, a heroic rescue and much more...
Street View technicians captured 360-degree photographs of the street with the scenes in action and integrated the images into the Street View mapping platform. This first-ever artistic intervention in Google Street View made its debut on the web in November of 2008.
The Art of Politics.
The 2008 election, regardless of the winner, has created opportunities for so many new stakeholders to take part in our national dialogue and
be seen. With only weeks left, let us pause to gaze upon the mainstream embrace of political street art
. At least we have Bush to thank
Three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf, London street artist Banksy travels to New Orleans to put up some commemorative pieces, saying the city's levee wall offered "the best painting surface in the state of Louisiana." Some of the pieces are statements on the clean up effort, and some are protests against Fred Radtke, New Orleans' Grey Ghost, who has been described as a street artist
and an anti-street art crusader
Like him or hate him, expect more of the same from Bansky: propaganda, magical realism, cartoon rats, a lot of technical finesse and a complete lack of subtlety. See the pictures on his site
with irreverent/poignant commentary and then go to the flickr pool
to see it from a few local perspectives.
Montreal Graffiti/Street artist Roadsworth
, who was arrested in 2005 and faced up to 250 000$ in fines
, is back on the streets
, this time with a permit and a commission
. Interestingly, the title of the new piece (which stretches across multiple intersections on downtown Sainte-Catherine street) is "Défense d'Afficher", which means "No Postering". It seems as though he's commenting on the role of art and advertisement in public space, but maybe that's just my take. Thoughts? For a more in-depth discussion, read the Torontoist's article on graffiti
), and for more examples, check out Vandalist
, the same blog's photostream of T.O. street art, Streetsy
, a great photoblog showing off various street art from around the world, and, of course, Flickr's STREETART
Biggest 3D street painting ever.
As part of the 2007 Moose Jaw Prairie Arts Festival, German painter Edgar Müller and a team of artists turned River Street into, well, a river. Müller and his associate Manfred Stader have done other interesting trompe-l'oiel works around
turned into street art
by São Paolo duo 6emeia
. [via FunForever]
The Face2face project.
JR, an "undercover photographer"
, and Marco, a technology consultant, had 41 people - israelis and palestinians - mugging for the camera and plastered the huge, unavoidable pictures
on both sides of the Israeli West Bank barrier, pair by pair : one israeli, one palestinian, both having similar jobs and posing in a similar fashion (+an imam, a rabbi and a christian priest). See also the trailer
(YT, other videos available on the main site).
Are You Generic?
"Giving Brand-America the finger since 2001." The folks at Are You Generic have a few basic demands
: "natural, unprocessed foods; ad-free space; trustworthy news sources; a healthy body image; promotion of the independents; and the spread of knowledge." They're getting their message
across by means of "culture jams." Their first target
was Starbucks in 2002. Some more recent actions are listed here
, including Confessions of a Generic Magazine
. But they have stuff for sale
, so some might argue that they're not that much different than those they mock. Either way, their site does have a great collection of international street art
Barcelona Street Art.
Most places consider graffiti a form of vandalism, but in Barcelona, street art is embraced. The result is a city with public walls like giant canvases of modern art
Pictures of Walls.
A gallery of interesting grime
, complete with joy
, good advice
and the stupidest graffiti ever
. Only one rule for submissions: "No 'proper' graffiti or nazi crap obviously." [via Bifurcated Rivets]
Like lane markings, but better.
Montreal artist Roadsworth transforms street markings into boots, bullets, and zippers. Sad postscript? He's been busted
Popular De Lujo:
A portrait of a city (Bogota, Colombia) through its folk art and street graphics. "Some sections of this site are not translated in order to keep the original and true sense of local idiomatic expressions which have no precise equivalent in other languages. However, you will realize that the graphic language is so rich in shapes and colours, that it speaks for itself."
graffiti? street art?
the beautiful artwork and website of ernest pignon-ernest. (flash required) via heavy-backpack
Urban Haute Couture
"is about street art and street art only. Since a couple of years ago there's a boom in street art. To be clear we're not talking about graffiti. We're talking about street art
that is spraypaint/marker template based, stickers, posters and combinations of those. This new breed of street art, except for using the urban landscape as a medium, has actually nothing to do with graffiti." Cities include Berlin, Amsterdam and the Romanian Stencil Archive
. It's funny
. It's simple
. It comes in different sizes
and offers lots of goofy artistic possibilities
. Its silly commercials
[quicktime] will crack you up
. It is nothing
. It is just Meary
- Much like "found art", this site chronicles the phenomenon of abandoned mattresses, and finally gives the public a forum on which to comment on them. Some if my favorites are here
, and here