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.
posted by srboisvert
on Nov 11, 2008 -
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.
posted by elr
on Aug 31, 2008 -
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
posted by rssaddict
on Jul 3, 2008 -
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).
posted by elgilito
on Sep 17, 2007 -
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
posted by amyms
on Mar 20, 2007 -
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."
posted by vacapinta
on May 31, 2004 -
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
posted by vacapinta
on Apr 4, 2004 -
- 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
posted by emptybowl
on Jun 11, 2002 -