A stencil artist and urban interventionist from Brussels, Belgium, Jaune bases his work on the paradox between the visible and the invisible. The main protagonists of his works are the sanitation workers placed in a range of humorous scenes.
The artist has been commissioned by Stavanger, host to the world’s leading Street Art Festival, Nuart, to create a series of curated Street Art Buses. On the occasion of the project, the artist has transformed an 18-meter bus into a giant cardboard box with two contrasting scenes on either side, representing order and chaos.
On the side where the public enters the bus, the artist has created a relatively serene scene, while the other depicts characters clinging on for the ride.
The protagonists of Jaune's works are recognizable, funny, intriguing and they give a viewer a second thought about these hard workers in general. After realizing these garbagemen exists in the background of our urban environment, becoming almost invisible to the average person, he decided to symbolically place them in absurd and whimsical scenarios in and around the city streets.
For this project, the artist has scaled some of his stencils from 1:50 to life-size, which was necessary due to the size and speed at which the canvas will be moving.
In the same way that the scale of advertising ensures you can read it driving by in 1 second, this is the same principle…except you’re not moving, the canvas is.
The artist first recreated the shape of the bus to scale with cardboard boxes and then made his sketch directly on top. Using the boxes which are commonly used as containers for all types of objects, Jaune has decided to maintain their background to keep this link with the idea of moving goods and delivering objects.
The Street Art buses were first created in 2016 as a collaboration between Stavanger and regional bus company Kolumbus. The artists who have previously participated in the project are Ampparito, Add Fuel, Ernest Zacharevic, Martin Whatson, Hama Woods and M-City who aimed to raise awareness about refugees.
Making invisible visible, street art provides an outlet for those who become marginalized from day to day life in the city. As James Finucane, General Manager at Nuart Festival explains, Jaune’s practice is the perfect example of empowering the individual’s claim to their urban environment.
We hope that people will enjoy seeing Jaune’s bus rolling through Stavanger’s streets and, if nothing else, that it puts a smile on people’s faces.
Normally created on a miniature scale, Jaune's wearing workers become the protagonists of another comical scenario, but on a life-size scale. In this way, mass transport becomes a bit more exciting. It adds spice to the daily lives of commuters.
Nuart Festival 2018 will take place in Stavanger, Norway from September 6th until September 9th, 2018.
Featured image: Jaune, Kolumbus © Brian Tallman Photography, 2018. All images courtesy of Stavanger.