August 26, 2011
"It was originally created by three Finnish artists (me, my husband and a friend) for
a pervasive live action roleplay / art project called Valve. It's stayed there as
a party item since the middle of July apparently... It's twelve meters long and made out of covers, gold spray and pipe." Katri
June 15, 2011
June 7, 2011
From Royal in Barcelona:
"A few weeks ago, I found this small detail (crest) missing a piece....."
"So I went in to the studio and made a small head to fit in the space."
May 13, 2011
May 9, 2011
More from Leon here.
April 27, 2011
"installed a light in the balloon she was holding. It is as if she is being pulled up out of the city, away from all of the stuff that threatens her purity and childlikeness. This was done in Birmingham, AL where I currently have a solo show up at campground studios"... Michael Aaron Williams
April 1, 2011
From Writing on water is like writing down a thought in order to keep it secure even when it is shaken by the course of life, to distinguish the important things from those you should just let flow by.
This pictures were taken by the photographer Thomas Pagani in Treviso and Milan.
The two italian sentences, made in Treviso are:
The other one, made in Milan, is:
Love, let the rest flow
March 28, 2011
"This current series I am doing is in response to my last one that dealt with a lot of homelessness and street children. Basically, I want to portray people searching and finding hope. Pretty simple but I am trying to use the light to convey that hope through simple symbolism. There is no use in raising awareness to the homelessness and street children issue if there is no hope. However, there is hope."... Michael Aaron Williams
March 25, 2011
March 23, 2011
Photos by Scott Beseler
January 12, 2011
January 2, 2011
December 19, 2010
"Together with Ekologi Brez Meja (ocistimo.si), Lukatarina and Eco Vitae we 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.
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."... The Miha Artnak
photos: Borut Krajnc (Mladina),
"A young girl picks up a battered toy sailboat out of the sand amongst the trash
washed up by the waves. Its as if she if finding her purity again, battered but still intact."... Michael Aaron Williams
November 29, 2010
"It was found in the Hafencity neighborhood, which has become the quintessential example of socially insensitive city planning in the metropole. This area is largely devoid of any natural life beyond contractors and business-peoples, and is home to the new Elb Philharmonic. This landmark building for the city has gone way over budget and is seen as the physical form of political misspending.
So we thought we'd liven the place up a bit. Hopefully not all aspects of our cities need to be so unplayful."
November 10, 2010
October 22, 2010
The top letters are constructed from solid plywood and paper rollercoated with PVA - designed to last; the bottom letters are constructed from open double-corrugated cardboard - and thus designed to degrade much more quickly. All the elements are stuck to the wall with silicone.
We have had particularly stormy and wet weather in Melbourne in the last couple of weeks and the signs of deterioration in the lower letters have already begun:
I look forward to the piece literally spelling out its simple message of ephemerality. Weather climatic or human factors degrade or alter this piece, it will be interesting - and within the scope of its original intention.
As an artist who has played with ideas around ephemerality and street art, as in my Little Diver ReSurfaced piece which has twice restored Banksy's 2003 Little Diver stencil in Central Melbourne with a pasting (see story: http://www.flickr.com/photos/phoenixthestreetartist/sets/72157625212910000/ ), I am fascinated with the rigidity of the position many street artists and street art commentators take towards the natural longevity of public street art.
I understand that an ephemeral presence is a typical situation of much street art - but it seems that some practitioners and commentators view that this therefore defines street art; others, like those who submerged the Little Diver beneath the curtain of silver paint - or who subsequently attacked my restorative pasting - feel a need to somehow enforce ephemerality upon specific works. On the other hand, I have heard many of my fellow street artists express a joy at their works surviving anniversary milestones on the wall.
My approach to virtually everything is to view the potential - and ever-fascinating - dialectic between polar positions. Street art is often ephemeral - and yet it is sometimes far more eternal; it changes - it stays the same. That it may be installed with the intention that it maintains its presence in the public space is just as valid an intention as that intention which says: "It's not meant to last; it's meant to be ephemeral."
I can only say: 'Why should it be so?'
September 10, 2010
"The photos above are from my recent visit to Ecuador alongside D* Face and Liniya the graffiti girl from Columbia. D* and I both felt honoured to be the first European artists to be invited over to 'make a mess' at the 9th street art festival in Quito, put on by Dinamo Events. We had a good time and made a splash. the photos are evidence."...
"The photos above are from my recent visit to Ecuador alongside D* Face and Liniya the graffiti girl from Columbia. D* and I both felt honoured to be the first European artists to be invited over to 'make a mess' at the 9th street art festival in Quito, put on by Dinamo Events. We had a good time and made a splash. the photos are evidence."...
September 5, 2010
"panoptICONS addresses the fact that we are constantly being watched by surveillance cameras in city centres. The surveillance camera seems to have become a real pest that feeds on our privacy. To represent this, camera birds - city birds with cameras instead of heads - were placed throughout the city centre of Utrecht where they feed on the presence of people. In addition, a camera bird in captivity was displayed to show the feeding process and to make the everyday breach of our privacy more personal and tangible."
August 23, 2010
LIKEarchitects' BusStopSymbiosis is one of the five artistic interventions selected by Scott Burnham to emerge in downtown Porto, Portugal as part of Bairro Criativo. Artists were asked to imaging temporary structures for the public space aiming to improve people's daily life in the city.
"The main criteria were that the proposed ideas had to be simple, quick, and go in and come out with only a light touch on the city – nothing destroyed before they are installed, and no damage when they leave." Scott Burnham
July 30, 2010
July 21, 2010
See the full set of photos on the DFLEKTOR blog here.
June 20, 2010
June 9, 2010
(Photo nicked from here)
June 3, 2010
More from Aakash here.
June 1, 2010
"There's something simply charming and disarming about swings ....
There's a feeling of instant affection for any individual who would stop everything and just take advantage of the moment, allowing herself to get swept away."
More from G here.
May 25, 2010
Artists: Lucho and quillo (cuchillo)
April 26, 2010
April 25, 2010
From Mark Pernice:
"Using Apple's Photo Booth application as inspiration, the idea was to take the 2D image that it manipulated and create a tangible face in a real environment, then in turn bring it back into a 2D image. Using Photo Booth on the mask itself may create some sort of paradoxal shift where I cease to exist. "
April 21, 2010
This is by far one of our favorite pieces of street art we've seen in years.
Urban Intervention in Plaza del Aguilita (Eagle´s Square) by Said Dokins. It was done by Said Dokins in the Plaza del Aguilita in México City next to a squatter camp. It's called: Avionazo en la Plazuela (Plane Crash in the Square).
While the photos should "tell the story" paper airplane wheatpastes are that released by a hand over the buildings. The 3-D plane that's in the Eagle`s Plaza is made of metal and fiberglass.
The artist tells us: "This intervention is a way to make a satirical reflection on the mechanisms of threat and power in which we are engaged, the political farces and scenarios created at the expense of the suffering and disruption of others. You may be asked for some within spheres of power, to destroy people, buildings, communities, as if it were a game, the movement of a chess piece or throw a dart on a cork."
The piece is part of a curatorial exercise of Claudia de la Garza, called Habitar: No autorizado (Living: There is authorized) that aims to explore the impact of art forms in the urban environment by creating things that directly influence our daily life"
April 13, 2010
April 10, 2010
March 9, 2010
More from D*Face here.
March 7, 2010
"Above are some images of a new installation I have done for the 'Skullduggerous' group show that opened here in London the other night (4th Feb). The show is in aid of the Bhopal Medical Appeal which aims to raise awareness and provide medical care for people still suffering the after-effects of the calamitous toxic gas leak that blighted the Indian city of Bhopal in 1984 - even today kids are still being born with birth defects and the environment is still affected. My installation is titled 'Chicken Tikka Disasta' - and is pretty much the closest most people in England to India and it's people :) The show is being held at The Pure Evil Gallery, Leonard Street, London, from 4th-13th March and other artists involved include Pure Evil, Swoon and The krah"... slinkachu
February 27, 2010
February 23, 2010
"These glowing shoes have been spotted around town in Richmond, Virginia, at least 12 pairs. The shoes are hung like ordinary shoes that are thrown over a power line, only these are only found in bare trees. Not really sure what the meaning behind it all is but they sure are peaceful. Each shoe has a small solar panel attached to the heel and they come alive as the sun goes down. The light that glows from within also flickers like a campfire. Every pair seen is a pair of mens, black dress shoes. One other thing is that they all have a gold anchor moniker on the heel."
November 5, 2009
From our friend Harlan:
"I want to share this great event which happens this weekend in Berlin and coincides with the 20 year anniversary of the fall of the wall. Its a project from Dadara and part of the Art Wallbreakers festival, which Modart has been putting on all year. the checkpoint will be processing applications for passports and providing citizens with safe passage to the dream most suitable for them (as normal)"
Download your immigration forms here:
October 28, 2009
(Hat tip to DCist)
October 25, 2009
Artists: Job Willemsen & Tom v.d. Hurk
"Funny 'cause while i was putting this up a hipster kid said" hey, isn't this east williamsburg industrial park.. I said "Either way, your not in Kansas. anymore"..Skewville
October 13, 2009
(via one of our favorite blogs, Who Killed Bambi?)
October 6, 2009
Artist: CARANGO SÁ
September 25, 2009
September 15, 2009
September 11, 2009
"Here's a recent snap of some eyes stuck in a tree by the M32 motorway in Bristol. As the wind blows, the tree's eyes roll left and right, seemingly watching the traffic as it speeds down the motorway"
Also I was recently involved in a TV commercial. It was for us cellular. I'm not trying to sell phones for anyone, but thought it was a good way to get my installations filmed by an outstanding director, Garth Davis and also fund the creation of more sculptures."
September 2, 2009
August 25, 2009
Streetlove is about "creating an interaction between people and love represented by objects, words or paintings on the streets, this with the aim that people think and rethink their relationship, their own situation and about love itself."
July 31, 2009
More photos from the Fame Festival here.
July 23, 2009
More from Mark here.
June 25, 2009
June 18, 2009
Ji Lee's latest project, "Duchamp Reloaded" can now be seen in various places around the streets of New York
From Ji: "In 1913, Marcel Duchamp took found objects from the streets and placed them in museums. 96 years later, if Duchamp were alive, he may want to do the very opposite."
June 16, 2009
Florentijn Hofman has recently opened an exhibition of new work and a site specific video installation at Galerie West in the
Netherlands. The show runs until July 7th. On Wednesday 1st July and artist talk between Florentijn and Jan Wijle, the head afd. Art in public space by Stroom)
For the new show Florentijn has taken his children's toys and completely changed their use and function by altering the scale to dramatic proportions.
June 12, 2009
HalogenLife recently published a terrific interview with Wooster fave, Jan Vormann. In the interview Jan explains his use of tiny toy bricks (not always Legos):
"I think the idea fits well in our times. First, of course, it is still a contemporary toy that kids play with. Secondly, architecture nowadays allows crossovers like these. Contemporary design has opened possibilities of understanding life in a positive, colorful way. The Lego brick has a nostalgic value amongst different generations worldwide, but at the same time it is all up to date. The combination of stone bricks and plastic bricks creates all kind of different contrasts that, in my eyes, illuminate relationships between esthetics and functionality. Undoubtedly the project bears depth in ways of perception of reality. But besides, it also just looks great!"
You can read the full interview here.
Autoblog reports that a North Carolina State University student was arrested and charged with larceny for converting orange construction barrels into "Barrel Monsters". The artist, who goes by "U Live and You Burn" is seeking support by asking them to write the prosecutor on his behalf:
Wake County Prosecutor C. Colon Willoughby, Jr.
Tenth Prosecutorial District
State of North Carolina
8th Floor, Wake County Courthouse
Post Office Box 31
Raleigh, N.C. 27602-0031
telephone (919) 792-5000
Our hope is that they treat him fairly, as they did Roadsworth in Montreal.
June 2, 2009
You can see photos of the full installation on Insa's blog here.
May 28, 2009
Damon Ginandes' latest piece was recently installed on 25th Street and 3rd Ave. in Manhattan on the exterior of the Carlton Arms Hotel. It's entitled 'Ascendants', and is a concrete relief and acrylic on wood cut-out panels.
Jim tells us:
"The area that I've been spending time in has multiple abandon buildings, which are amazing. Unfortunately it also has a ton of trash scattered between the buildings. I decided to clean up the area by dragging all the junk into one location and making something out of it. With a little help I pulled four beds, six tires, and a large amount of scrap into one consolidated area... The trash that was scattered everywhere, was transformed into one giant character who found a great place to relax."
May 26, 2009
"Police cars everywhere in the Malasaña district. It was surrounded not precisely to shoot a cop film, so has been the situation in the capital lately.
And what was the reason to show these living forces? Well, the 2 de Mayo celebration of course. It is considered a high risk period and has required the setting up of protective fences all around the perimeter of the square. The district’s festival is celebrated here and young people are denied entry if they don’t agree to be searched…
Once recovered from this ‘high risk celebration’, we received the visit from a delegation to assess the sites for the 2016 Olympic Games. We have had the hunch that it must have been rather dangerous, owing to the great number of lot of police cars in the streets in the centre of Madrid.
This stressful coming and going of police cars have made us obsessed with this worrying police car chase, whose symptoms led us to think that any car could be a disguised police car.
We intended to express this paranoia and we made an installation called A lot of Policeman for so few people…, putting on the cars parked around the Dos de Mayo Square our rudimentary blue police lights made with plastic glasses, blue paper and our flashing lights.
We carried out the installation on a total of 50 parked cars, causing no damage whatsoever, on 12 May and there was some expectancy from some lonely nightbirds who waited patiently round the corner for the right moment to take all police lights away for their own use.
And there is not respect for anything nowadays… not even for the living forces…"
Time of installation: 1 hour .
Exhibition time: 1 hour.
Photos taken by Gustavo Sanabria
May 14, 2009
AWESOME to see that Faile is installing more prayer wheels in the streets of Brooklyn.
(Photo and video by Stephen Kelley)
March 11, 2009
Created by artist Sam Spenser. Photo by Jessica Rolland
Photo nicked from Charlie Todd's awesome blog.
March 9, 2009
From the Crateman Crew:
"The Adelaide Fringe Festival commissioned us to design a float for their opening night parade, based on some of the work we have been doing with milk crates, and in particular the idea of 'crateman'.
We were reluctant however to simply relocate our street based work into a radically different arena. Instead we were interested in the idea of a parade as being a cross between performance art, sculpture, and audience participation.
The crate sphere was designed to be rolled down the street as the final act in the parade. Comprising of 688 milk crates and being over 4.5 meters high, it had an estimated weight of over 700 kilograms. It was hoped that upon seeing us struggle with the beast, members of the audience would join in, and help us roll the sphere to a glorious end!
Unfortunately the reality was somewhat different.
People in their curiosity came closer and closer to the ball - but were reluctant to get involved and help, or move out of its way when it threatened to crush them. Our cries of distress were misinterpreted as part of the 'theatre' of the situation, as we struggled to maintain control. After completing about a quarter of the parade route, the organizers and the police decided to pull the plug, and ordered us to stop the ball.
It was rolled to the side of the street, and left to sit in a 'no parking' zone. Here it sat for a day or so, puzzling passers by, a strange visitor to the quaint streets of Adelaide."
Credit: Sam, Ed, Simon and Gab.
March 5, 2009
February 27, 2009
Photos nicked from here.
February 19, 2009
"Telephone companies have been abandoning their public telephone booths by taking out the phones and leaving the structures beehind. (Probably due to the rise in cell phone users.) I want to reuse these structures as a way of communication with the public once more by replacing that empty space with paper-mache beehives. To me, this symbolizes the irony beehind the question, 'where have so many of the bees gone' and the theory that cell phone signals have been misguiding their normal patterns of migration"
January 27, 2009
Spotted by Jason Eppink in Ekaterinburg, Russia
"Considering that it's winter, it only seemed apt to do some ice hands...just fill up some latex gloves, freeze them and you're set for any sort of mischief."
December 21, 2008
It's been snowing in Seattle. Aly Lenon spotted these amazing sculptures made out of snow on people's car windows. You can see more here.
December 3, 2008
"Having decided to use St. Nicholas to front their winter advertising campaign in the 1930's, Coke completely reinvented him to become the Red and White, Merry Father Christmas we now associate with the holiday. Coca-Cola were already using the Great Depression to boost sales by describing Coke as an instant refresher and maker of happiness.
The installation was based on the idea of making Father Christmas overindulged, perhaps bogged down by the weight of the brand, being told how we should feel doesnt always make for happy, refreshed people!".. . Laura Keeble
November 29, 2008
"did this downtown by my house on one of the busiest days! the day after thanksgiving. basically the installation reads...why do so many look away. how would it feel to be invisible? even for just a day? how would it feel to be homeless for whatever reason it may be."
November 18, 2008
The great thing about street art is that most of the time you have no idea why, by whom, or for what reason a piece was done. The anonymity of the piece becomes what makes it so compelling. Perhaps that's why we love these cups that have been appearing in Amsterdam.
November 16, 2008
Artists: We Are The Robots
November 14, 2008
November 10, 2008
More from Supakitch here.
October 27, 2008
Over the weekend twenty cars were spread and painted on the Ahoysquare in Rotterdam. One of them in blue and nineteen in red to symbolize the worldwide credit crisis.
To learn more about Henk's work, go here.
October 10, 2008
More from Truth here.
October 9, 2008
While New Yorkers have been consumed by the stock market meltdown, a tiny little pet store quietly opened four days ago at 89 7th Avenue between West 4th and Bleeker Street in the West Village of New York City.
There are no puppies or kittens in the windows here.
Instead, a live leopard lounges on a tree in the window.
Or is it?
In other windows, things get a bit more bizarre.
McDonald's Chicken McNuggets sip barbecue sauce. A rabbit puts on her makeup. A CCTV camera nurtures its young.
Clearly, that this isn't your typical pet store.
So who's the "owner" of the Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill at 89 West 7th Avenue?
Once inside Banksy's pet store, you discover such things as breaded fish that swim in a large round bowl while hot dogs are living the high life under heat lamps in cages near the cash register.
This is the first time that Banksy has used animatronics, and the effect is absolutely amazing.
A clear departure form last year's behemoth show in Los Angeles, Banksy's first ever show in New York City (the others have been fakes) is being held in a tiny storefront that's less than 300 square feet and can't hold more than 20 people at any one time.
One of our favorite things about what Banksy has done is that the entire show is completely visible to the public both day and night through the store front windows. And unless you're a hard core Banksy fan, or until someone like us tells you, it's absolutely impossible to know that the work has been done by Banksy. There are no paintings or graffiti in the entire space.
We're sure that as soon as people start reading this, photos and video will be all over the web. But Sara and I don't want to give too much away. It's just too much fun to be surprised (and delighted) in person.
So here's just a taste of what you'll experience in Banksy's "Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill".
Starting the moment you read this, until October 31st (Halloween), Banksy's pet store is officially open each and every daily from 10am until midnight.
One piece of advice - Bring a video camera as still images don't do the place justice!
Photo nicked from Banksy's website.
September 26, 2008
PLAF - An explanation (nicked from the PLAF blog here)
PLAF – Autonomous Mechanisms. Plaf is a word for splash in both Spanish and French and relates to the on-going project that features kinetic sculptures that have been placed and fastened in several locations in the New York Waterways. Constructed from used materials, the work will be left to the elements as a way to explore the force and power of water that goes unused and unnoticed in New York City. Using the rivers water, wind, tides, and currents, the sculptures will shift and decay, leaving the work just as it is without comment on form or representation. September1st Anonymous Gallery will be providing an information booth and map created by the artists. The public can then go search and find the ongoing outdoor artwork and share in the environment in which it is presented. This information will be available during business hours and online at www.anonymousgallery.com.
Throughout the month of September, Eltono and MOMO will also be constructing an indoor exhibition that reflects the work and progress outdoors. While their project is primarily ephemeral, the indoor exhibition will serve to document and preserve their research, ideas, model making and related art. Every three to five days Eltono and MOMO will install new work that includes silkscreen prints, video, collage, painting, and sculpture. The on-going exhibition, along with the map and information will be available to the public from September 1st until October 10th and will be celebrated with a public exhibition opening on September 25th from 6-9pm.
September 16, 2008
September 2, 2008
August 15, 2008
August 14, 2008
"GENEVA (AFP) — A giant inflatable dog turd by American artist Paul McCarthy blew away from an exhibition in the garden of a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking a greenhouse window before it landed again, the museum said Monday.
The art work, titled "Complex Shit", is the size of a house. The wind carried it 200 metres (yards) from the Paul Klee Centre in Berne before it fell back to Earth in the grounds of a children's home, said museum director Juri Steiner.
The inflatable turd broke the window at the children's home when it blew away on the night of July 31, Steiner said. The art work has a safety system which normally makes it deflate when there is a storm, but this did not work when it blew away.
Steiner said McCarthy had not yet been contacted and the museum was not sure if the piece would be put back on display."
(Thanks, a low roar"
August 12, 2008
An air giraffe...
centaur and mus:
L Train Troll:
July 25, 2008
July 8, 2008
July 7, 2008
“Nothing but Printing” is a art collective formed in Berlin in 2008 working primarily in the media of screen-print. It started as a series of small parties and with the success of the beer sales, they collected enough money to invite their first guest, Dave the Chimp.
Dave offers a tribute to “Saint Martin” (the homeless saint) with a 3 color screen print on cardboard that is designed so it can be cut-out and folded into a 3-dimensional one man church, “to get away from the chaos of life.”
More info here.
June 25, 2008
June 10, 2008
Spotted along the Newport Railway line in Melbourne.
(Photo by John Evans)
June 4, 2008
June 3, 2008
May 30, 2008
May 20, 2008
May 19, 2008
"This is a 3D inscription I put yesterday in front of Milan Town Hall after several months during they decided to censor expos about homosexuality, religion, violence and graffiti. Everything degenerated when they decided a few days ago to remove the town councilor purposing the expos."
May 7, 2008
Dutch artist Henk Hofstra (who's Blue Road we featured in April of last year) is back with a new environmental art project called ‘Art Eggcident’ in Leeuwarden, a city in the north of the Netherlands.
Yesterday, several large eggs (each 100 feet wide) were spread on th Zaailand, one of the largest city squares in the Netherlands.
‘The eggs’ will remain in Leeuwarden for the next six months.
April 24, 2008
(Foto nicked from here)
April 19, 2008
In March 2008 seven artists were given unrestricted access to Dandenong's historic Grenda's bus depot in Australia prior to its demolition. You can see the full documentation here. The work above was created by Robbie Rowlands.
April 17, 2008
To celebrate the life of Dudu Geva, Israel's most famous cartoonist (who died of a heart attack back in 2005) a giant yellow duck has been placed on top of Tel Aviv's City Hall in Rabin Square. The piece will be in place for one month in honor Tel Aviv's 100th anniversary.
Before his untimely death, Geva had been tongue in cheek - or rather tongue in bill - trying to convince Tel Aviv's mayor to liven up the city through weird, wacky and subversive art projects. One dream was to turn Tel Aviv into a city of ducks - an animal character he used often in his cartoons.
When Geva died, his dreams to liven up Tel Aviv with bizarre art installations and stunts lived on. The Duck was just one of the ideas.
Geva had been quoted saying that Tel Aviv was in dire need of decoration. "City Hall," he said, "is a lost cause. If a giant duck is placed on its roof, everything will be turned upside down. The idea is to bring joy to people's hearts and to make art a part of daily life."
Other ideas that Geva thought about included opera singers who would spring out of garbage trucks singing arias, or the placement of giant snakes on the roofs of Tel Aviv's swank Rothschild Boulevard.
Most of his ideas weren't taken seriously though by the city. Recently, his family returned with the duck idea and within a week it was accepted.
Come mid-April, Geva's friends, colleagues and children will kick off the launch of the giant duck at Tel Aviv's City Hall.
"On the 15th of April, there will be a small ceremony around 6pm in the evening in Rabin Square, and we will watch the duck on the building get inflated," Caspi tells
ISRAEL21c. "It will be a small artistic event and a ceremony," he says, intended to honor Geva, his duck and Israeli comics.
After all he contends, "Dudu Geva's duck is not a duck. It's The Duck - maybe the most famous Israeli symbol. Well, at least for Tel Avivians.
"This project is a memorial to him," says Caspi.
Why ducks and why art? "Artists make life a bit happier," says Caspi. "The whole idea is not a political one. It is not an artistic statement. It is all about being happy and making the city a nicer place to live - a place that kids like to be in."
Geva's daughter Tami recalls her father's plan to turn Tel Aviv into a Duck City: "He never at any stage thought that they would take him seriously, but he wanted to spread the 'duck movement' as an artistic and social movement," she said in a local newspaper.
"We don't want the event to feel like a memorial," she said, "We want my father's idea of putting art in open public spaces to continue to exist, with humor, in the spirit of the duck."
April 15, 2008
From Torontoist back in December:
"The strange plaques were part of the grand Gestures installation by the 640 480 Video Collective, which aimed to memorialize inconsequential events captured on video at ten spots around the city. Each marker was placed in September and describes the unexciting details of a YouTube-sourced video shot at that particular location (like the ones above at left and at right)....
640 480 takes its name from the original 4:3 aspect ratio of video screens, and the group has an obvious affinity for the rapidly disappearing magnetic tape format. Memorial lapel ribbons made from videotape were also part of the grand Gestures installation, and taped copies of the videos are to be converted into an artificial diamond, signifying the preservation of memories from an increasingly obsolete format into an everlasting state."
More info here.
April 14, 2008
March 29, 2008
March 26, 2008
Every time we start to think that street art is starting to get a bit tired and boring, along - out of nowhere - comes something that reconnects us with why we fell in love with street art in the first place.
The story we heard at dinner tonight is that there's an artist who's been making these animals out of discarded plastic bags. He (or she) ties the bags to the ventilation grates above the subway lines so that when the subway rushes through underneath, the animal jumps up and springs to life.
(Thanks Trish for sharing the photos with us!)
January 4, 2008
December 21, 2007
November 19, 2007
October 16, 2007
October 8, 2007
September 26, 2007
Location: The yard of “Matadero Madrid”, a t new Contemporary Art Center in Madrid.
Size: 29 m x 40 m
(Photo by Hoffamm)
September 10, 2007
Photos of the full installation here.
August 20, 2007
Artist: Heather B. Swann
Location: Degraves Place
(off Degraves Street between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia)
Dates: 20 July 2007 – 9 March 2008
The multi-headed dog monster Cerberus protects the entrance of Hades, the classical underworld. Swann's sculpture stands guard at the Degraves Place entrance to the Flinders Street pedestrian underpass.
Gates of Hell has its origin both in the stories of Greek and Roman mythology, of Hercules and Orpheus, and in the forms of French Romanesque sculpture, with its heraldic, symbolic and decorative beasts and its Last Judgement hell mouths.
More important than these cultural references, however, is the work's primitive emotion, its expression of angry threat.
Cerberus's biting, barking heads are designed to frighten us. The artist is challenging our complacency and lethargy.
She wants us to think about (and act against) the hellishness of now, the purgatories and punishments of the contemporary world.
Sculpture manufactured in collaboration with Ian Burns and John Clark of Millennium Art Services.
Photos: John Raptis
August 15, 2007
August 12, 2007
Artist: without Wax, Bingi
August 10, 2007
More photos here.
You can learn more about NAF and the "Amazing Ghost Circus" project here.
July 19, 2007
July 16, 2007
"Loire Estuary 2007," is an outdoor, contemporary-art exhibition now taking place in France that features the works by 30 artists from around the world. All of the work is being installed along a 40-mile stretch at the mouth of the Loire River, from Saint-Nazaire to Nantes.
Our favorite piece is Florentijn Hofman's massive rubber duckie.
From the artists' website:
Title: Rubber duck
Location: river the Loire, France
Dimensions: 26 x 20 x 32 meters
Materials: inflatable, rubber coated PVC, pontoon and generator
Assigned by: le Lieu Unique and the Biennial Estuaire
A yellow spot on the horizon slowly approaches the coast. People have gathered and watch in amazement as a giant yellow Rubber Duck approaches. The spectators are greeted by the duck, which slowly nods its head. The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relief mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!
July 11, 2007
July 4, 2007
More info and photos here.
June 13, 2007
3D wooden piece by Delta
June 10, 2007
"I'm from Baltimore but am studying embroidery in the UK. I've been really interested in and excited by graffiti and street art for several years but have always been frustrated by the lack of textiles present on the street. It still seems to be a scene ruled by spray paint and wheatpastes. For a while this made me feel like it was an inaccessible art form, albeit out on the street for all to view for free and destroy or alter. But then I thought more and more about the potential of textile graffiti, until I couldn't sit and think anymore and had to get up and do! First I made mittens and put them around the city for anyone to take and in doing so started noticing just how many construction barriers there are in Manchester. Until then I had never thought twice about how they're ubiquitous but unnoticed, nor the fact that we're all walking around in a gigantic ashtray."
June 5, 2007
May 23, 2007
May 16, 2007
Yale Wolf's project for his junior industrial design class at Western Washington University
"From the head, to the spray can, to the wall, to digital photo, to traced outlines, to 3D surfaces, to STL file, to FDM part. His final part is about 12 inches long, limited by the working envelope of the machine."
Artist: the bureau baroque
• Sign Language is a Visual form of Communication using movements
instead of sounds.
• Each Arrow Mobile was designed with a 4-letter word on each side of
the lively and spinning Installation.
• The WORD/PLAY dialog is communicated when the Arrow Mobile
installations spin around creating the visual sign language from
elevated heights above city streets.
• The Sign Language tour took over 20+ months from its original
Conception to its Final Completion making this intense and challenging
26 country tour proof that it's 109% possible to manifest your dreams
if you are willing to Rise/Above obstacles, fear, and any type of
May 15, 2007
Using over 150 milk crates, Crateman returns to the outskirts of Melbourne.
Read the story here.
May 14, 2007
May 1, 2007
"These are old urban equipament (called "fradinhos") put on sidewalks of Rio de Janeiro streets to stop cars parking on sidewalk. Those have 30 years old nobody liked the idea when they were put, and 2 years ago when I started to paint them they were complete invisible to the Rio de Janeiro Citizens's eyes, and now some of them are full of life and all of them started to be looked again, but Im still the only one painting them, kind of respect by the other artists as I was the first one. There are thousands of those fradinhos and I think it's a really good piece to paint even being 2 feet tall."... Subzero
April 30, 2007
April 9, 2007
"I make 3d street art from used 35mm film containers and plastic toy figures. I have been sticking hundreds of these Containers on the streets of Berlin and Toronto since June, 2006.
They are little sculptures that escape the eye of most; but when they are found, a sense of discovery evolves.
These tiny Containers are stuck to walls with the aid of super strong industrial construction adhesives, lasting potentially for years or until someone steals the piece or rips it down. Any reaction is a reaction. If the work stays up, is taken down in disgust or heading for someone’s collection, it makes no difference to me. I have no control; it’s street art!
I always take pictures of the works to document their lives. In these photographs the plastic toy figures become real, animated characters with a conscience. They live in their container world and speak to us, make us think, shocked, or laugh."
... Jeremy Lynch
You can see more of the project here.
March 30, 2007
D*Face's latest installation for his show 'Eyecons' which opens Friday night.
March 7, 2007
We loved this Scarecrow Wedding that suddenly appeared in the wetlands of Spartanburg, South Carolina alongside a trail where people hike and jog.
Installation by Leah Brown and Brian Hitselberger
Photos by Justin Plakas
March 3, 2007
In 1969, Rudolph de Harak designed and the sculptor William Tarr built, a a full-size model of a WWI Sopwith Camel on top of 77 Water Street, a 26 story building, in New York.
It's sole purpose is to amuse the inhabitants of surrounding buildings and scyscrapers, most notably the former World Trade Center.
March 1, 2007
Scott Wayne Indiana, an artist in Portland, OR, realized that there are over 200 seemingly random brass rings embedded in different parts of the city. They rings, which serve no purpose today, originated during a time when horses and horse carriages were tied to them in the 1800's.
To reconnect people with their original use, Scott began "The Horse Project" - a public art installation in which people tie toy horses to the brass rings.
You can learn more about it here.
February 7, 2007
(AP Photo/Dale Sparks)
Travis Poston sent us a link to the photo above taken today by AP of an extremely clever piece of street art. A guy named Rich DeMary mixed food coloring into gallon jugs of water and then poured them over icicles hanging off the rocks along U.S. 19 near Rivesville, W.Va.
AP reports that DeMary has been doing this for about eight years, just to "surprise and delight" drivers along the road.
If you're one of the thousands of people who send us photos each week of the work of Julian Beever, we're starting to feel like we owe you a bit of explanation about why we don't (and won't) feature Julian Beevers art on the Wooster site.
First, understand that it's nothing personal. We recognize that the guy's got exceptional skills at making something flat look 3D. His skills in doing this is clear. For this reason, and this reason only, we can understand why people are impressed by him.
So first off, if you love the work of Julian Beever, we can understand why.
But for us, we don't care for it.
When we look at photos of Julian Beever's art, it leaves us completely empty. Void of any feelings or emotions. We don't get inspired by it. From the photos, it seems like the guy's sole purpose is to impress people with his skills over and over again. The fact that he's in almost every photo, smiling for the camera, really turns us off. For us, it should be about the art, not him.
We think that actually, because Julian Beever's so good at what he does, he relies too much on his skills and because of this, there's no life or soul in the work. Because we don't feel any true passion in it, we don't give it much value beyond being a novelty.
(We feel like his work is"the cotton candy of street art". You may like it for a little bit, but as you see more it starts to make your stomach feel a little bit queasy.)
The whole point of this site is to share with you what is inspiring us so that it inspires you. And if Julian Beever doesn't inspire us, there's no reason really for us to put it on the site.
So we don't.
Our hope is that by posting this explanation, while it probably won't stop people from sending us that Julian Beever chain email that even my mother has received, it may explain a bit why if you've sent us it to us 15 times and never seen them up, you now know why.
Again, it's nothing personal. From the photos, we're sure that Julian Beever's a very nice guy. He's got a nice smile and he seems like a hard working fellow.
It's just not for us, that's all.
(If you've read this whole post and have no idea who Julian Beever is, here's a sample photo. Google him for more)
January 11, 2007
A huge pink "Love, Peace and Terror" tank guards Amsterdam. The full story (with some terrific videos) here.
January 1, 2007
For the second year in a row, Dan Witz has an annual New Year's prank. Over the last few days he's installed a series of real gloves around his neighborhood in Brooklyn. He's calling the project "The Third Man" (after the movie).
December 26, 2006
When the definative book on urban art is written years from now, no doubt an entire chapter or two will be devoted to the work of Darius and Downey. While Leon and Brad no longer work together, both are still active with their street installations. The two pieces above where "christmas presents" that Brad left in New York before heading out of town.
The first is at Clay and Commercial St. in Greenpoint and the second is at Jackson and Queens Blvd. in Long Island City
December 25, 2006
While attempting to clean out our inbox this morning, we came across the images above which were sent to us way back in February by Iban in Barcelona.
Looking at the photos it occurred to us...
Wouldn't it be cool if more people picked up a marker or a spray can and made their trash (or that of others) a little more fun, interesting and creative while it sits on city streets before it's hauled off to the dump.
We'd love to create a portfolio of "trash art" so as you throw away your trash today, or walk by the of others in the days and weeks to come, think about picking up a pen or a can and making it a bit more creative. Send us your snaps and we'll post them on the Wooster site.
Could make fore an interesting collection of images from around the world....
On this Christmas day when so many boxes and trash will be collected on streets around the world, it occurred to us that it would be really cool if more people did what these artists did and made their trash a little more fun,
December 6, 2006
The Sprinkle Brigade is back on the streets of New York and have been extremely busy as the year comes to a close. You can check out new work in the gallery section on their site. They also just launched a store with their first line of shirts.
November 6, 2006
"Made from synthetic polymer clay and elastic, the pieces range from 6- to 12 inches tall and feature art icons including Barry McGee, Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Futura 2000, Shepard Fairey, Hieronymus Bosch, Andy Warhol, Barry White, outsider Joe Coleman, Ron English, "Rat Fink" artist Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Dale Chihuly, Jim Jarmusch, Billie Holliday and others.
November 1, 2006
Over the years we've written a lot about the absolutely brilliant work of Darius and Downey. I guess it was about a year ago that "Darius" decided that he didn't want to be bothered anymore with a nom de plume and decided to out himself as Leon Reid. We're pleased to let you know that, Leon has finally got around to putting up a website documenting his work. You can find it here
October 26, 2006
TIBET is the type of artist that we absolutely love. He works entirely underground (literally) in Stockholm, Sweden. All of his work is done only in the most hidden of places, and very few people will ever get to see it. Each statue is made of concrete and are 11" tall and weigh about 5 pounds each. They are glued, welded or drilled into the solid rock and will stay there for a very, very long time.
You can see more photos here.
October 12, 2006
Judging from the photo above, spotted this from Singe's studio window on Great Eastern Street in
Shoreditch this morning D*Face is up to something big in London.
October 2, 2006
If you look closely walking around Mexico City and Guadalajara you may notice that the historical statues are not quite right. An artist, known as H*C, is the most popular "statue interventionist" in Mexico. We wonder how many people even notice the new legends that H*C puts on the dead heroes of Mexico's past.
September 12, 2006
We love this piece, done a year ago by a bunch of friends in Bergen, Norway. For us, it represents what street art is all about.
September 11, 2006
"Little hand-painted people, left in London to fend for themselves."
September 8, 2006
Families visiting Disneyland on their holiday this week saw a life-size Guantanamo bay inmate standing inside the Rocky Mountain Railroad ride at Disneyland in Anaheim California.
The sculpture, consisting of an inflatable doll dressed in an orange jumpsuit with its hands and feet manacled remained in place for one and a half hours before Disneyland's security staff shut down the ride and removed it amid fears over public safety.
The artist: Banksy
August 24, 2006
Made with 323 Rubiks cubes. Lovely.
August 21, 2006
Alejandro is an artist and graphic designer living in Berlin who's project is called "Berlin Ohne-Scheiss" which means "Berlin without shit", or "Berlin No-shit". It's goal is to use design to call attention to the increasing problem of dog crap in Berlin. It works by having people take figures out of at sticker poster and then place them around the dog crap to make people aware walking by that there is a danger in the front.
The shapes read: Hollyshit, Hotshit, Dirtyshit and shit.
More text about this project you can be found at www.lecu.de under the "blurred" menu.
August 16, 2006
"Cities are tired, tourists are everywhere,cars, rubish on the
streets, graffiti, street art, pollution etc...
City as an life organism is trying to defend and show its illness,
industrialsmallpox mushrooms , city thorns, bleeding geometrical bracket
August 10, 2006
Sorry if we just ruined your lunch, but living in a city where dog poop is everywhere, we couldn't help but laugh at the Sprinkle Brigade.
August 9, 2006
Today's New York Times has an extensive article on the Miss Rockaway Armada. Here's the piece in case you haven't seen it yet....
Art Down the Mississippi. At Least, That’s the Plan.
By DAVID CARR
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 5 — If all goes as planned, and that is no sure bet, an unlikely crew on an improbable craft will amble the Mississippi for the next month, spreading culture and chaos downriver.
For more than a week, the “Miss Rockaway Armada” — a few dozen self-selected artists from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Seattle, San Francisco and beyond — has toiled here on the banks of the Mississippi River, assembling salvage wood and cadged Styrofoam into three interconnected rafts, each 20 feet long.
Factor in a few tag-along rafts, and the ensemble piece has the vague shape of a giant fish. It is supposed to motor down the river with two Volkswagen Rabbit engines converted to biodiesel that are also capable of running on vegetable oil.
It has been a huge, oft-delayed undertaking. The crew was going to leave around Aug. 1, then later in the week, then Saturday for sure.
[Sunday came and went. After a successful test float Monday night, the crew decided all systems were go, according to A’yen Tran, an occasional spokeswoman, and their departure, she said, was imminent. But you never know.]
Theoretically, the crew plans to stop in various river towns to give workshops on everything from silkscreening to power tools and put on a performance — a kind of punk-rock musical variety show — followed by a dance party. They have no money, less expertise and nothing by way of permits. Imagine if Don Quixote, Salvador Dalí and Che Guevara collaborated on a floating medicine show. It is hard to say what the Coast Guard, which governs the river, will say when it first lays eyes on the spectacle.
Across the river from the raft-building site was a massive salvage yard with cranes and crushers, a thudding counterpoint to the artists’ bid to conjure discarded piles of junk into a vessel that will sail hundreds of miles to St. Louis over the course of the month. (Those who are willing will remain on the raft or some part of it and continue to New Orleans.)
It seems like a perfectly dumb idea, but it’s hard not be charmed by the whole enterprise. Maybe it’s one of the tag-along rafts, the one with dozens of speakers fashioned from truck tires, industrial blowers and dorm fridges, all flanking a bicycle-powered Ferris wheel. Mike Houston was slathering it all with lacquer, because, he said, “Things always look better shiny.”
It is a summer caper built on magical realism, with the realism part intruding often enough to put the endeavor behind a schedule no one cared about much in the first place.
“This is a logistical nightmare, but it is a set of problems I want,” said Jeff Stark, one of the trip’s organizers. “There is very real value in people having a primary experience, the experience of making something beautiful and improbable.”
It began last winter with a notice on the Web site missrockaway.org. “We grew up in small towns,” it read. “We remember the bookmobile and the punk rock band that seeded little pieces of something else. And now, even though we moved to big cities and found people like us, we still live in a country that fights wars so it can consume more. We are taking the urge to flee and heading for the center. We want to meet people who aren’t like us. We want to meet ourselves at age 16.”
The invitation nicely mixes a kind of artistic imperialism — “Hey, look, Ma, blue states bringing culture to the red ones” — with a Dadaist emphasis on fun as an artistic objective. It yielded a temporary community in the spirit of — and including people from — the Barnstormers, the Madagascar Institute, the Floating Neutrinos, the Toyshop Collective, the Infernal Noise Brigade and the Amateurs, artist collectives all.
Apart from a commitment to recycled materials and group decision-making, there is no organizing principle to the endeavor. A shore dappled with scrawled blueprints on discarded sheetrock, tarps make of orphan Manhattan umbrellas, abandoned toys, moon stencils and bicycle parts suggested disparate takes on what the trip is for.
There will be plenty of togetherness on the river, but in case the intimacy overwhelms, there will be a Temple of Solitude, a small orphan raft dragging behind with a hammock with room for just one or two.
In late July, after the crew had loaded up a bus and a trailer of scrap materials gathered on the streets of New York to hit the road, they were turned away from the Holland Tunnel. When they retreated back toward the Verrazano Bridge via Brooklyn, an axle broke on the trailer under the Brooklyn Bridge, 20 minutes into the trip.
It has been sort of like that since, but there are few hissy fits, and little sign of factionalism. The crews work on schedules and assignments known only to them, with progress coming of its own accord in a temporary village just down from the Camden Bridge in Minneapolis, where John Holmberg, a river rat with a sprawling place on the Mississippi, allowed the crew to set up shop and sleep on his houseboats.
Over the course of five days, piles of junk in ad-hoc shops up by his house slowly made their way down to the river and seemed to morph organically into rafts.
Zoë Mizuho, a dancer for a punk rock marching band, put up a cross support for the second deck of the performance raft. Harrison, the resident Lost Boy who cracked wise about everything and said he used no last name, grabbed a tool near the house, then bounced on a trampoline on the way to the docks. Near the house, Alexis McDonough Pope and Brandy Gump were putting together a pedal-powered washing machine.
“We were at the Hard Times cafe in Minneapolis, and suddenly this tub just manifested itself behind the place, next to a dead squirrel,” Ms. Gump explained as she pushed down on the makeshift gear so Ms. Pope could bolt it together.
Philip Harder, a Minneapolis filmmaker who lives a few houses away, had learned about the group on the Web and contacted it to see if he could help it get situated.
“What I really liked about what they were doing is that they made it very clear that they had no idea what they were doing,” he said.
The crew is not short on credentials, but none have much to do with raft-building or river navigation. Mr. Stark organized the Idiotarod, a much-heralded shopping-cart race in New York City; the artist known as Swoon has several pieces in the “Printmaking Now” show at the Museum of Modern Art.
Ledia Carroll, an artist from Texas, has produced some high-profile environmental pieces, but is working on feeding the crew right now. “Would you like a Dumpster-dive bagel?” she asked a visitor sweetly. Her partner, Paul Cesewski, is the builder of the bicycle-powered Ferris wheel and has created improbable fun machines at the Burning Man festival and elsewhere.
“Floating Man” would have a nice ring as a title for this expedition if so much of the muscle and enterprise were not coming from women. Navigating several tons of raft down a river full of locks and barges seems dicier than building an ecstatic village in the Nevada desert. They have some aces in the hole: Shawn Kelley has not only sailed a raft down the Mississippi, but she also took it to Cuba for good measure.
“My biggest concern is people falling off the raft,” said Ms. Kelley, who has been with the Floating Neutrinos since she was 17. Now in her 20’s, she is one of the few people here who has spent much time off asphalt.
And then there’s Chicken John, a longtime adventurer and circus man, a necessary figure. “Chicken John is the king of jakey design,” Mr. Stark explained. “It was his bus that brought us here, and he is the one who is figuring out how to make these motors work.”
Mostly, Chicken John plays the heavy who has little taste for the whole collective approach. He and his buddy Nick Bindbeutel were piecing together the engines based on a design Chicken John saw in Thailand. When it became clear that the water pump was misplaced, Mr. Stark mentioned that “we decided it would work here.”
Chicken John said, “Why is it always ‘we’ when something goes wrong?”
A cynical optimist, he said he would make sure there was power — the converted engines will run on fryer grease, theoretically — to make the trip, but he would not join the voyage. “I’m needed elsewhere.”
“This is the best-case scenario,” he said, rising from an engine he had been working on. “Nobody knows what they are doing, they don’t work smart, but none of them have left.”
Later he updated a friend on the telephone: “We are ensconced in a small makeshift refugee village on the river, engaged in a form of indentured servitude, and I’m not sure when they are leaving.”
Swoon, who played a large role in organizing the group, designed the fabricated elements on top of the raft. She and Mike Ross, who has built large-scale sculptures before, stared at one of the wooden models that made the trip from New York, much worse for the wear. They discussed the load-bearing capabilities of a spar that formed part of a symbolic fish design intended to grace an end of one of the rafts.
“You have to design it for an unruly group,’’ Mr. Ross said. “Someone is bound to get drunk and climb up on it at some point,” he said, pausing. “It might be me, actually.”
As the rafts took shape, some people on a passing pontoon stared from a distance but did not approach for a closer look. Not so for Ann Nowara, an elderly neighbor who was leaning on a swingset just up the bank. “Wow, they really got something here,” she said. “What is it?”
There really was no telling. Between one of the cooks nearly slicing off her finger, waterlogged Styrofoam and toileting logistics that are not quite ironed out, the adventure had begun in earnest well before the craft was even launched.
No matter. Hope floats, after all, so no reason to expect a raft built out of garbage and good intentions won’t do the same thing.
An artist in Tel Aviv Israel, inspired by Mark Jenkins's tape sculptures, decided to use Mark's tape sculpture style to depict a group of kids escaping rockets as they drop towards the ground. You can see more here.
July 28, 2006
Lifetime: 24 hours
July 24, 2006
Over the weekend, the Washington Post ran a large profile on Mark Jenkins. It's a terrific piece.
Here's the article in its entirety:
That's Mark Jenkins All Over
Street Artist Reproduces Himself in Tape Throughout the District
By Adriane Quinlan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 23, 2006; N01
Washington is sterile. Dead. "I feel like I live in a tiny train station village."
Local artist Mark Jenkins says that is the problem his work seeks to solve.
Like a child hunched over a make-believe town, playing tricks on tin conductors, Jenkins is laying out his own monuments over the city's, installing sculptures on the street (without authorization) to rejuvenate what he calls "the cemetery." He has popped red clown noses on the bronze big cats guarding the Piney Branch Bridge, floated translucent ducks in gritty gutters and popped oversized lollipop heads onto the stems of parking meters.
He has become best known, though, for the population of men made of tape -- figurative sculptures "cast" from his own form with clear packing tape. He has positioned these "tape men" all over Washington over the past three years, a project that has gained him a measure of international fame.
Jenkins's tape men have appeared in an art book published in Berlin ("Hidden Track: How Visual Culture Is Going Places"), a Korean news Web site ran an interview with him, and a French glossy featured a portfolio of his work. He's popular among artists, as well: A Connecticut teenager and a grad student posted fan-mail requesting permission to work in tape; he has presented on a panel to the "Geek Graffiti" class taught in conjunction with Parsons School of Design; and two art teachers -- one in Long Island, another in Kansas -- led classrooms in an exercise of tape-cast self-portraits.
He has become the "first celebrity 3D street artist," says Marc Schiller, who runs the Wooster Collective, the online hub ( http://woostercollective.com/ ) that showcases digital images of urban installations. In December, Schiller sanctioned 3D street art on his Web site as its own category, and Jenkins is the artist most featured.
"Mark's stuff pulls you out of that zombielike experience that all of us have in the cities," Schiller says.
Last month, when Jenkins planted three-quarters of a man, feet flailing, atop a gray utility box on the wedge of concrete between Columbia Avenue and 16th Street, the sight slowed a bus, caused cars to circle around for a second look and moved passersby to pull out camera phones. That installation was part of his latest project, "Embed," which takes the tape men and dresses them in his own worn castoffs.
Although the thousands who have seen his tape men have literally gazed through Jenkins's figure -- medium build, about 5-foot-10 -- the man in the flesh is shy: "I try to keep a low profile," Jenkins says, acting the part of just another ordinary dude in a navy polo and khakis, buying a cold can of Coke at a street stall on Independence Avenue.
"Maybe I'm not an artist," he says, "but like an amateur psychologist doing amateur field studies using tape men as a medium." Or, he says half-joking, "Maybe I was contacted to clone myself."
The prototype for that cloned population was born in Fairfax and graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geology -- "An excuse to work outside," says Jenkins, 35, who works as a Web designer for a Washington-based nonprofit group. He left the States to hike the Andes, eventually settling in Rio de Janeiro to teach English.
In 2003, bored after a day in the classroom, he made a ball out of clear tape to toss around. It was a medium he discovered in a grade-school homeroom 20 years before, when he covered a marker in plastic wrap and tape, made an incision and removed the marker. He was so impressed by the near-perfect transparent mold that he wrapped his whole hand before the teacher could scold him for wasting.
In Rio, Jenkins was the teacher, and so he went on to wrap everything in the apartment -- every pot, pan, even the toilet. His apartment started to reek of the oniony, plastic whiff of the backside of a piece of cheap tape. Was that dangerous? Better call 3M.
"They were like, 'Yeah, it's fine,' and I was like, 'What if there are six or seven hundred rolls degassing in a small flat?' And they were like, 'Maybe you should get a cartridge respirator.' "
He did, and set about casting the only thing left. Starting at the feet, Jenkins mummified himself in tape (the lower back was particularly difficult) before realizing that his circulation was being cut off. That loss of feeling plus a pair of sleek new scissors became a recipe for disaster: blood all over the apartment, a pair of cut-up legs in the middle of the carpet.
Eventually, he perfected the craft.
"I'm not OCD but I have those tendencies," he says. A clip he posted to the video Web site YouTube.com shows how he casts his own head, with a warning at the outset cautioning viewers not to imitate for fear of suffocation.
Jenkins took his first perfect reproduction and threw it into a Rio dumpster. A dewy angel of glistening tape, it drew mixed attention -- some viewers were repulsed, but one man even held his son up to peer into the garbage. If Jenkins wasn't already hooked, he was now. By throwing away what was an exact copy of himself, he experienced what he can best describe as an actual out-of-body experience. "I saw the garbage truck come by and dispose of it. It's destruction of the self."
It's also a form of self-examination. Jenkins realized he could literally project himself into positions and places he otherwise would never linger. Returning to Washington in 2004, he positioned tape men as beggars on the sidewalk, stood one upside-down in a handstand on 14th Street, and cloned a fleet to wave at passing traffic from the snow banks blanketing Braddock Road.
In March, he achieved a breakthrough at Meridian Park's statue of female "Serenity" -- one Jenkins figure knelt at her feet while the other pleaded upward for some sort of acknowledgment. The tape men seemed to somehow bring the stone to life and the passersby who stopped to examine the new sculptures found themselves reexamining the white Carrara marble of "Serenity" as well, just as the tape men did. "People who look into the install become part of the install, too," Jenkins says. "It's kind of surreal. . . . It takes over everything."
As good art often does, Jenkins's work makes the ordinary appear strange.
He seeks not to confuse with a cryptic tag or impress with a traditional monument, but to engage. Whereas art in a museum is framed as art, Jenkins appreciates that passersby have to make decisions about what they find on the street. Viewers often will ask him what the tape pieces are, and whether they are "art." "I just want them to ask that question," he says.
In that way, Jenkins's work breaks from most street art on the Wooster site -- from graffiti to wheat-paste posters to those infamous "Obey" stickers featuring the noggin of Andre the Giant -- in that it does not deface the city but is innocent and literally transparent. For that, Schiller says, "Mark is redefining uncommissioned illegal art."
Jenkins saw online interest peak with his most approachable project, labeled "storker." From a doll purchased in Brazil, he fathered more than 60 tape babies that seemed to pull down signs, wheel abandoned shopping carts, crawl up the feet of a begrudging commander on his oxidized iron horse. By choosing to cast a baby doll, Jenkins was toying with an impulse to protect a child from the harsh city environment.
Biking after work, Jenkins is less artist, more location scout. "The city becomes a puzzle," he says. "My mind's always moving like a Rubik's cube." Passing a "Do Not Enter" sign, he wonders, "What if I split my sculpture in half and had half entering the sign and half passing through it." At the Lincoln Memorial, he thinks: "I'd like to cast Lincoln's head in tape and keep it in my apartment. But there are the Park Police."
At the Reflecting Pool, he recalls when he floated "water spiders" to skim the surface. Parking meters "cash my brain," Jenkins says. "I was thinking the ears for a big bunny. Or shoes, a guy lying on his back with his feet up somehow."
And when he saw the ubiquitous fiberglass pandas, he thought of making one that was "too racy -- like one the city wouldn't allow." In March, he unveiled a prostitute panda-- bear head tacked to the cast of a svelte mannequin pimped out in platform heels.
"It was still chilly and so someone put like a wool scarf around her neck that had little panda bears around it," says Victoria Reis, executive director of Transformer Gallery, which requested that Jenkins install it on its street.
Another gallery contacted him for a commission. So Jenkins purchased $1,000 worth of tape and cast an entire Honda Civic. He wrapped it in plastic, taped over that layer by layer, cut that surface off of the car and reinforced the final, transparent automobile with glass rods. Looking at the glassy husk, one might have thought that the Civic had cast off a clear shell, like a snake that molts its skin. "I was looking for the threshold," Jenkins says. The car wouldn't fit into the gallery.
So much the better. To Jenkins, galleries are "aquariums," because "all art could swim out on the street, or because art's treated like little exotic fish that can't survive outside."
Turning away from a lively 3D street art community in New York, Jenkins chooses to remain a black sheep in Washington because his work wouldn't make as much sense anywhere else. He is an environmental artist, and this is his environment -- like a mash-up between typical graffiti scrawler and the urban evolution of "environmental artist" Andy Goldsworthy (whom Jenkins speaks of admirably and often).
Although Jenkins's pieces often feel silly -- parking meters as lollipops? -- they are meant to satirize objects designed by the government to restrain us. "Those lollies were outside the Department of Energy," Jenkins says. "So there was kind of a joke like: 'Where do we get our energy from? Sugar?' "
Says Jenkins: "D.C. is perfect because it's the control center."
July 17, 2006
How fuckin' cool is this one..... 3D using only wheatpaste posters..... If the city council of Berlin was smart, they'd have JohnnyJohnson do all of them....
July 12, 2006
"... As a protest against the Danish (USA´s, UK´s) involvement in the war in Iraq the tank was covered from the canon to the caterpillar tracks with knitted and crocheted squares made with pink yarn....The process of covering the tank was documented with a video and this video is shown in ”Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center“ (Copenhagen, Denmark) as part of the exhibition “TIME” from April 27 - June 4 ...." (more here)
July 11, 2006
July 6, 2006
Chimeras, created by the French artist Prune, are a hybrid between dog and child. Prune explains - "It's a reflexion on the border between human being and animal. I chose an ambiguity that you can find in all cities of the world, a quotidian fact > master who looks like his dog, or who carry it like a baby"
The sculptures are in resin and hand painted. The artist fixes them to a hole in the pavement, in front of bakeries ("the more quotidian shop//where dogs are forbidden")
July 5, 2006
Artist: Tano Location: Division Street
Artist: specter (kops crew)
July 3, 2006
Crate Tetris by Sam, Jerome, Ed and Gab,
June 26, 2006
June 22, 2006
Here's a terrific collaboration: Faile recently teamed up with Eddi Yip from Adfunture and a terrific sculpter named Charlie Becker to create a 3-D vinyl version of their iconic dog image. Inspired by Space Invader, the pieces - each custom hand painted - are being placed on city streets around the world. It's cool to see vinyl go from being used to create toys sold in shops to now being used for 3-D street art. The medium is indeed evolving.
June 12, 2006
Mark Jenkins is taking it to another level with his new "Embeds". The sculptures are made of tape and then clothes are added. The photo above are of first installation that went up yesterday in DC.
The video below is great fun to see how people react to them.
May 31, 2006
Over the last few months, Mark Jenkins has been working with the Graffiti Research Lab on a new project, Jesus 2.0. They debuted the work at the recent event we participated in at Eyebeam here in New York.
You can see a short video of the project here.
May 22, 2006
coming back home after a trip in Paris (where i had a 15 days exhibition). During this show i enjoyed meeting some old friends and doing some stuff in the city.
One morning i discovered an old mastress in the street where i lived, brang it back home, put some bottles under it, covered it with plastic and then paint a sheet on it....
Then we went with some friends to the seine river and threw it in the water at 7 PM when everybody's drinking aperitif on the shore near "Notre-dame" church.
the stuff began to go away keeping close to the shore
The stuff represent a gouzou (my character) in necktie and costume sleeping on lots of banknote and trailing behind some bags full of money.
It symbolises our french political men who steal (avert ?) millions from public funds and deposit it on foreign bank account, at the same time more and more homeless are sleeping under bridge in Paris and governement is asking us to make effort for the nation : fuck that shit !!!
during his trip my gouzou has been caught between a boat and the quay, luckily the capitain was a cool guy and put it back in the middle of the river !!!
Then this sleeping fucking wealthy gouzou traveled through Paris (hoping he went up to Le Havre !!! )
I would like to thank Krispolls for the pictures and finnaly hope that the ugly will be condemned one day, whoever they are...
May 19, 2006
"Latex for fun" is a collective project that started in Barcelona with a simple idea: create disposable "designer toys" with pure d.i.y. ethics.
1) get a white balloon and inflate it
2) draw a face on it and create a character you´ll fall in love with.
3) take a picture of it (with you, your mom or your cat, if you want to) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
4) send the picture with your contact info and all the information you would like to appear with it
The DEADLINE is JUNE 12 2006.
Submissions will be published in a zine with ach collaborator recieving a copy.
For more info click here. :
May 18, 2006
For a recent exhibition in Buenos Aires, Orilo (from the Doma collective) created an instalattion in the window of the gallery in which visitors can follow drops of blood that lead them to an installation where if you look towards the sky you can read a sign that says "Solo le temo a la muerte" (basically "Ithe only thing i fear is death".
May 17, 2006
Constanza Puente is an artist in Chile who makes life size statues (self portraits) out of bread.
(Via Boing Boing)
May 12, 2006
Artist: specter (kops crew)
May 8, 2006
As a celebration of Summer, wooden flowers have sprouted in the middle of the University of Cincinnati's main campus.
Artist: Jesse Reed
May 4, 2006
"All these suburban housing developments in Southern California try to create a false sense of nature and natural beauty to ease the fact that the developments themselves are a disgusting plague."
April 27, 2006
"Magic cars in trees instead of magic trees in cars"
April 26, 2006
April 25, 2006
April 18, 2006
April 5, 2006
March 30, 2006
A few weeks back we received a call from New York magazine, asking us - for an upcoming issue - to weigh in on our thoughts on what "street art will be like 20 years from now." For us, the answer was clear: technology will take street art to entirely new places - it will allow for more multimedia, animation on walls, larger projections, etc.
For the article, we mentioned the New York based artist fi5e was the leading visionary and creative force in this space. fi5e is using technology to redefine what street art is. And because of this, he's one of our favorite artists and clearly one that people should pay attention to.
So tonight, we were thrilled to hear that fi5e, through the Grafitti Research Lab, has launched a new project called Night Writer. You can learn more about it here. There's a cool how-to. Be sure to watch the video.
March 29, 2006
Photo by Jens Andersson in Sweden
March 20, 2006
Last night sam, gab and jerry hit the factories of Melbourne to give morning train commuters something fun to look at as they ride into town.
March 17, 2006
March 2, 2006
Artist: Francesco Bordin
February 21, 2006
January 31, 2006
January 17, 2006
January 6, 2006
Alejandro Ramirez is a visual artist from Costa Rica who's recent project is called “Hard Dreams”. He has placed concrete pillows all over the city of San Jose. This piece was made bring attention to the plight ot the homeless in Costa Rica. It was presented in the Costa Rican Biennale and part of several collective exhibitions.
January 5, 2006
More from Invader here.
January 2, 2006
herbert st. greenpoint, brooklyn 1/1/06
December 30, 2005
From the excellent Eyeteeth website comes this photo of a street sculpture in Bangkok made from newspapers
and dirt by homeless people in Thailand. Pieople can leave coins through a whole at the top.
December 16, 2005
We really liked this idea a lot...
Mike in Germany has embarked on a tour around the world with his "1000 friends". He's chosen 1000 drawings from his scetchbooks that he did in the last seven years. He then mae cutouts of them so that the different bodyparts of the figures can be moved. You can change the different parts with all other figures... so each you can create new figures. Mike is currently on tour in Switzerland and Germany, where he has shows on the street, in bars, restaurants, galleries, shops and festivals...
If you know of places where Mike should being his 1000 friends for a show, please contact him at email@example.com
Mike's next show will be from the 26.1 to 19.2.06 in rapperswil switzerland at raum62