We created this special Street Update to celebrate a celebration.PUBLIC is a celebration of urban art and creativity that brings urban, visual, and digital artists from around the world to Perth and the Pilbara in Australia. Walls and laneways are transformed with street art, projections, installations, and public events. This multi-year program encompasses four components: Art in the City, Art in the Pilbara, 100 Hampton Road, and a Symposium, each celebrating creativity as a public good. The Art in the City component PUBLIC has just ended and has brought forth some unbelievable murals. Here are the most popular murals created for ‘PUBLIC – Art in the City’ festival.
Alexis Diaz’ signature pieces are fabulous creatures that can take the form of hybrids, Jackalopes and beast men. His piece for PUBLIC in Perth is a more delicate specimen. Alexis Diaz painted a seahorse with tree branches wrapped around it. The artist replaced the animal’s arms with human hands that protrude from the seahorse’s chest. The Puerto Rican artist took nearly two weeks to complete this magnificent mural.
One of the outstanding urban artists is Pixel Pancho. The Italian muralist is known for his highly sophisticated imagination, technique and imagery. The aesthetics of Pixel Pancho’s creation is nearly unmatched. The most recent example of his skills can now be seen on the streets of Perth. Pixel Pancho painted two pieces for ‘Art in the City’. The first piece is a large child cyborg carrying a robot toy in is hands. For his second, lightly smaller, piece the artist stuck to playing theme and painted a boy with a remote control in his hand. The remote steers robots collecting red tiles from the ground.
The work of Stormie Mills is characterized by the limited but highly expressive color palette he uses. Restricting the colors to black, white, grey and silver has a specific meaning. Black resembles dirt; white is the attempt to remove the dirt; grey is a metaphor for the cityscape; and silver represents dreams. The two characters he painted for PUBLIC not only reflect the concept behind the decimated color palette they also prompt admiration for the artists skill for color and image composition.
JAZ unleashed his animals on Perth and everyone is grateful for it. JAZ has again produced magnificent imagery. JAZ painted two murals in two directions. His first piece shows a heard of wild animals moving toward each other in a tropical forest. The animals are different specie of wildcats. On the left side you have tigers and on the right leopards. His second piece sticks to wildcats. The vertical panther sneaks down the side of a building stalking his prey. The red color makes the animal even more dangerous.
The Belgian artist is, like his predecessor, known for his strong, bold and protruding animal and creature imagery. ROA painted this massive snake on the side of an apartment building. The scales of the snake are unbelievably realistic and painted with great detail. The snakes body is intertwined, crossing itself and eventually bighting it’s own tail. ROA decided to leave that up to imagination. The mouth is about to close on the tail but it is has not done it yet.