French artist Mademoiselle Maurice has taken the traditional Japanese art of paper folding and given it a modern twist with a street art installation in Paris.
In her street art installation called ‘Rainbows’, she took hundreds of brightly colored origamis and glued them on walls throughout the city—creating a temporal street installation of color against granite walls....
Ljubljana, Slovenia is one of the hidden gems of Europe, and now apparently it's home for really interesting street art sculptures. The Plastic Bag Monster is a project by The Miha Artnak done in November 2010, where they "collected 40.000 used plastic bags and 7.500 used plastic cups from 12 kindergartens, 21 primary schools, 4 high schools and 3 faculties from the city of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and from more than 500 people from Ljubljana."
They go on to write "Plastic Bag Monster from Kongresni trg spreads its plastic tentacles through the streets of Ljubljana. It symbolizes the spreading of the consumerism and waste segregation. The monster itself has adjusted to the environment and therefore survived. It is supplanting us from the food chain. It just might succeed and it’s all up to us. It is reproducing with inconceivable speed and knows no mercy. It feeds on individuals’ sloth and irresponsibility."
Using the exhaust emissions that collect on the shutters of white box trucks and just his finger, UK-based multi-disciplinary artist, Ben long, creates his own imagery to replace the common slogans and logos that adorn commercial freight vehicles. This series of work is titled “The Great Traveling Art Exhibition.”
Fred le Chevalier is a phenomenon, having captured the Paris public’s adoration in such a way that his last show, and first solo show, sold out in under an hour. Moreover, when Fred got caught by the Paris police rather than receiving a fine, or worse, spending time in a cell, he found out he has fans in powerful places. Fernanda Hinke-Schweichler, who blogs at MyLifeOnMyBike.com, has done an interview with Fred and kindly shared it with us. We hope you enjoy learning about Fred as much as we did!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how and when you got started in making street art?
I used to do draw when I was a child and I stopped when I was a teenager. Then seven years ago I started again and I began posting my work on MySpace. I received really good feedback and I would give my drawings to people who were fans of what I was doing. The positive responses that I received encouraged me to draw more and since then it’s taken up a lot of space in my life.
I started to go out on the street to paste up my work three years ago, with the same idea I had with Myspace and with giving my drawings to people, about sharing my work with people without being in a gallery. Doing street art is a way to talk with everybody, not just with a specific audience.
Who are your biggest artistic influences?
When I was young I was really impressed by Ernest Pignon Ernest. I liked this kind of poetry on the street. I’m not a specialist on street art but I had a good feeling about this kind of art, as I like free things. Punk music has the same spirit of being able to express yourself freely without being a musician. In the same way I felt free to draw without knowledge of any formal technique.
French artist Sandrine Estrade Boulet takes pictures of everyday objects on the streets of Paris and then draws over them to give new meaning to ordinary things like street posts, puddles or even a broken umbrella.
Three artists, each their own style, each their own playing field. Yet their is something harmonious about their works. The I Love Belgium team likes to call it “Grey Ghosts”. You can find it back in the way their art works expresses subtleties, emotions and a dark poetic aesthetic. That’s why we’ve decided to put Bisser, Genviève Bachmann and Jean Claude Wouters together.
Whoever calls home to 104 North 7th in Williamsburg now has one of the most unique exteriors around made from thousands of hand painted tiles. The Brooklyn-based duo, Faile consisting of Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, recently finished this unique installation and the overall effect is great!
Montreal-based artist Shelley Miler uses sugar and edible blue paint to create incredibly detailed murals on the side of buildings. Her works are influenced by the cultures of the places in which she’s creating, and although they look as durable as ordinary murals, they simply wash away at first rain.
Looking at Shelley Miller’s artworks for the first time, you’d think they were carved in stone, but in reality the talented artist just applies cake icing using a common pastry bag and paints them with edible blue paint. Trained at the Alberta College of Art and Design and Concordia University, Miller has experienced with a variety of art mediums, ranging from sand to marble, but always found herself returning to sugar. She also spent some time decorating cakes during her university days, but quickly moved on to bigger and better things, and now she is internationally-known for her unique street art sugar murals.
Liqen sent over some photos of his newest mural painted in the Xanenetla delbarrio, a suburb city of Pueblo, Mexico. The Spanish artist returned to Mexico after being invited by the “Collective Tomato” to paint a mural in part of revitalization project. He chose to paint the nations staple food corn, creating faces in each kernel to represent the idea of family.
The train tracks entering Mannheim, Germany have been upgrade with a lengthy mural titled “Brothers helping Sisters helping…” by the German-based duo, Herakut. The couple were commissioned by the city to create the mural and the final product stands strong.
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