It is Wednesday again and you know what that means, it is time for the new street update! Here at Widewalls, we like to acknowledge new and exciting murals that emerge in the cities all over the world every week, and this fine April settimana is no exception. Artists all over the world have contributed to the phenomenon of the city beautification and stated their opinions on the issues the world is facing today as well as their personal experiences and memories.
Before we get into too much detail on these new murals, let us reflect on the highlights of the week past us. To begin with, the first international urban art fair in Paris has opened its doors to the urban art lovers and lasted for four days. The scientists have found dangerous levels of formaldehyde gas in the works of Damien Hirst, Kolly Gallery organized a pop-up exhibition of the most prominent French and Swiss graffiti artists. The famous Norwegian artists Odd Nerdrum was summoned to prison and was unable to attend his exhibition at Booth Gallery, New York. MoMA has received a generous donation of $100 million by David Geffen, making us jealous and fascinated at the same time. In the heat of the refugee crisis, the artist Pejac has adorned the refugee camp in Al-Hussein in Jordan. The famous director Guillermo del Toro has decided to share his spooky art collection with the world which made the horror fans out there exquisitely happy. We have also chosen ten famous sculptures to commemorate the International Sculpture Day, and you can see out top 10 picks here.
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The city of Oostende has welcomed yet another mural, this time by Eversiempre, titled Homage to the Past and Future. This mural symbolizes the legacy of the past, it is the symbol of people’s lives burdened by the consequences that shape their existence and of the ongoing war they fight with the cruel reality. The location of the artwork is in the urban entrance to the city, impossible to overlook, thus making a strong statement, just like art should do. Eversiempre is an artist whose love for graffiti started from a very young age. He found his style accidently, by painting a mural of his ex-girlfriend, and instantly felt the connection to the depictions of the human body.
Picture via eversiempre.com
Portuguese artist Pantónio painted a large-scale mural in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. His magical imagery is adorning a large wall in the city, and it shows dreamlike animals entwined in a captivating dance. The animals are a common subject of the artist’s work, as he had executed a similar, smaller artwork in Chernobyl, which depicted rabbits and an egg. The birds that flow on the walls of Kiev are enchanting in their dark hues and tangled feathers. Pantónio is a Lisbon-born urban artist whose works depict a magical bestiary, much like the Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz. See the location of the mural on the map below.
Pictures via Pantonio.
How & Nosm are the twins who worked on this astounding piece for six days. Now finished, the 184-foot mural is proudly occupying the wall of Compuware Building, and it is positioned next to a mural by Shepard Fairey, Peace and Justice Lotus. The artwork titled Balancing Act shows the signature imagery of the duo and it is a suitable introduction to their solo exhibition called In Between at Library Street Collective. The artworks employ the idea of a traditional family tree by expanding it to a societal scale. The structure is balanced on one foot, representing the sense of family ties and the strong patriarchal base, with the matriarch’s head. Balancing Act is a work of art of a truly magnificent size, so if you are anywhere near the Detroit area, be sure to pop over and see the gargantuan piece for yourself.
Pictures via streetartnews.net
Os Gemeos, the Brazilian twin brothers, painted a large-scale (actually this is not an accurate description – a humongous scale) mural on the walls of Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan. This is their first large-scale piece in Italy on which they spent several days to depict one of their signature characters hanging on the back of the subway car. Efêmero, meaning ephemeral when translated into English, was inspired by the Pirelli HangarBicocca building which used to be used for the building of the train locomotives in the twentieth century. The artwork is a part of Outside the Cube, a new project dedicated to including innovative approaches to public space art. It will explore the history and the architecture of Pirelli HangarBicocca, and encourage the artists to transform the façade into something new and exciting.
Photos via Os Gemeos.
The Italian painter Millo has brought his signature imagery to Shanghai, one of the largest cities in China. This 3D-like work depicts the goldfish, a symbol of wealth and good fortune in the Chinese culture. The ancient legends tell the tale of a drought period ending when the first goldfish jumped out of the well, symbolizing the ending of a long and troublesome period for the people. In art, the goldfish is often seen on ancient Chinese artifacts, some of which date back to 8000 BC. This little fish is a symbol of hard work and ambitions, as it reminds that anything is possible if you just believe and work diligently to make your dreams come true.
Photo via Millo.