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Category Archives: Seen on Streets

Streets: Pejac – (New York) – Part I

Recently visiting New York City for the first time, Pejac took the opportunity to paint a couple murals that spoke to the city’s environmental impact, an issue that often plays a key role in his work. One of these was entitled Inner Strength (located at 2 Henry St), a elegant piece in Chinatown that makes effective use of the existing roll down shutter doors. By painting some of the reoccurring imagery in his work (cherry blossom and flocks of birds) bursting through in an illusory manner, the Spanish artist […]

Streets: Mark Jenkins x CALM – “Project 84” (London)

Starting a few days ago, passerbys of some of London’s ITV buildings were treated to an unsettling sight if their eyes lifted to the sky. What appeared to be 84 men, standing on the edge the rooftops as if about to jump, were installed by Mark Jenkins (interviewed) and collaborator Sandra Fernandez as part of a campaign being run by the Campaign against Living Miserably, or CALM. Dovetailing nicely with the  American street artist’s habit of leaving his signature packing tape works in the public arena for people […]

Streets: Aaron Li-Hill (New Delhi)

Recently in India, Aaron Li-Hill (interviewed) painted a wall in New Delhi entitled Nature’s Arch and Visions of Altered Landscapes. Created in the Lodhi Arts District, the mural from the Canadian artist speaks to the issues of species extinction and contemplating climate change. With the support of St+art India and Canada in India, Li-Hill posits – “In a world that is losing the grip on its biodiversity how do we quantify something so large in scope? It’s hard to feel empowered when issues feel so grand. I’m not here to […]

Streets: Sensemurs Project (Valencia, Spain)

Recently in the La Punta area just outside of Valencia, Spain, a group of street artists got together to help the local population protest the actions of the port authority and the local government have taken since 2001. Because of their focus on urban development, locales were forced to move into social housing only 100’s of meters from their old homes and gardens. You can read more about their plight on here & here. “Different environmental and social NGOs joining forces to preserve the culture, […]

Streets: Banksy (New York) – Part II

Taking advantage of his time in New York while there to paint the Houston & Bowery wall (covered), Banksy continued to put his stencil skills to work around town (also see Clock Rat). Another two pieces have been posted to his Instagram – one cleverly shows the price of capitalism and those who suffer as corporations chase profits while the other shows a seal balancing a faded ball (the logo of the old abandoned Mobil gas station) perhaps speaking to environmental concerns. Both murals from […]

Streets: Okuda // Las Fallas Festival (Valencia, Spain)

Taking place in the middle of March every year in Valencia is the Las Fallas Festival (or Festival of Fire) which has evolved from the feast day for St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters into a five day extravaganza. The highlight of the event is the creation and destruction of a fallas (or ninots), one of which this year was designed by Spanish artist Okuda. The 25m high sculptural piece entitled Universal Equilibrium features his signature vibrant color palette as well as his recognizable prismatic patterns. […]

Streets: Banksy (New York) – Part I

Followers of the work of Banksy and the global street art world would hardly imagine the elusive artist ever taking part in the ongoing Houston Bowery Wall initiative. Yet, on the 15th of March, only two days after his time chasing rat appeared on the busy intersection of Union Square (seen below), the world learned that Bristol’s finest had been added to the list of artists that have painted the wall famous since Keith Haring painted it first in the 70s. Taking his turn at one of […]

Streets: Thomas Canto – “Gravitational Inertia Infinity” (China)

Recently in Shenzhen, China, Thomas Canto installed a reflective sculpture on top of a private building entitled Gravitational Inertia Infinity. The piece is the first in a new series of works that the French artist plans to explore in the coming months and continues his play with depth, geometry and illusion. Mirroring some of the star-like installations he has created indoors, Canto is taking his work full circle by heading outdoors back to the urban environment, hoping to start a dialogue between nature, human and architecture. Discuss Thomas […]

Streets: Vhils x Retna (Los Angeles)

Following a collaborative wall with Shepard Fairey (covered) while in Los Angeles for his solo show (covered) a couple week ago, Vhils recently created another mural with a high profile artist. The latest piece (with support from Branded Arts) features one of the Portuguese artist’s signature chiseled portraits surrounded by RETNA’s (featured) instantly recognizable urban script. If you are around Echo Park (Alvarado & Sunset), stop by for a look yourself. Check out more photos and a video below… Photo credit: @metalzombieman (top image), @streetartfocus, @streetartdistortion, and the artist. Discuss Vhils here. […]

Streets: Jen Stark – “Tunnel Vision” (Los Angeles)

Recently in Los Angeles, Jen Stark unveiled an outdoor public sculpture commissioned by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and curated by LeBasse Projects. Entitled Tunnel Vision, the 20ft x 5ft x 5ft installation features a cascading series of ring shapes that bring to mind her paper cut pieces when viewed directly on, utilizing the same vivid colors and familiar forms. From the opposite end, the sculpture follows a black and white gradient adding another unique perspective. As part of the ROAM series of temporary art installations, the piece will be on view […]