Tag Archives: Street Art

Free air guitar!

Air GuitarThis great advert was found via Stumbleupon.

Another epic snowman!

So, I share a link to my friend’s snowman at work and my mate Laura says, ‘We had a good one in our road too’. Today, she emails me the pics. Check them out!

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Just loving the detail…and the dog!!If anyone else has epic snowman pics, please share them!

Barrie

Best snowman ever. Fact.

One of my matesĀ  has posted these pics on his facebook profile – an epic snowman that he built today after we had a foot of snow. Just heroic!

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Popping Truffles

Almost there

Cheers Thom – good work!

Barrie

Inflatable Bag Monsters!

Check this video out! A street artist, Joshua Allen Harris, has created these wonderful monsters and bears using rubbish bags and the underground subway ventilation system.

A simple idea executed brilliantly, I think!

Barrie

Bringing people together.

This artist, Luke Jerram, is placing pianos on city streets and spaces around the world.

As it says on his website, which you should visit btw:

“Located in skate parks, industrial estates, laundrettes, precincts, bus shelters and train stations, outside pubs and football grounds, the pianos are for any member of the public to enjoy and claim ownership of. Who plays them and how long they remain is up to each community. The pianos act as sculptural, musical, blank canvas’s that become a reflection of the communities they are embedded into. Many pianos are personalised and decorated.

Questioning the ownership and rules of public space ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ is a provocation, inviting the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.”

I happen to think that there’s more this, in that I expect that some people will be surprised at finding out another person’s hidden talents. I also think that if you look at the photos, people are coming together and possibly singing along whilst someone plays. I love the way things like this bring communities and people together; it just demonstrates that people do want to have community and that life gets in the way sometimes. Such a simple and original idea.

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Inoffensive Graffiti

Wow – time passes so quickly, sorry I haven’t posted for a while.

I work with young offenders and once worked with a lad convicted of spray can graffiti. We were discussing why he thought spraying a tag was acceptable and he told me that he was offended by all the advertising we are forced to look at in our streets and therefore, if he had no choice about that why shouldn’t he be allowed to make his mark on the world. A fair argument I said, although his work damaged property that did not belong to him. He hadn’t paid for the right to display his tag and it may be that more people find tagging offensive than advertising. We discussed situations where graffiti might be acceptable or even pleasant.

I think I have an example of ‘graffiti’ that would make most people smile, causes no damage, and is creative: urban knitting! Admittedly, the lad I worked with is never likely to take this up, but these guys have come up with something knew and amusing and complimentary to the surroundings rather than being a blot on the landscape. It reminds me of guerilla gardening, some great friends of mine planted daffodil bulbs around their local school so the following spring the school was treated to a blaze of yellow and no-one knew who was responsible.

I found these pics here via Stumbleupon. There are more pics but I thought I’d post a selection.

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Thought Bubbles

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These pics are from Urban Prankster – a blog about street art. For these pics, the artists placed thought bubbles in location and then waited for a photograph to present itself.

I like street art when it is thoughtful like this, which is why i haven’t used the term graffiti because of it’s negative connotations. Some street art is genuinely art and has a point and something to say, tags are just annoying. Yes this isn’t ‘deep’ but there is no damage, they can be removed, and for a while they will have given people a chuckle and perhaps made people notice other people for once on their travels. They do project emotions or thoughts onto the subjects in the pictures, especially in the third one!

Barrie

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