This week’s edition of our Street Update takes us along European rivers to discover new cities, exciting murals and well-known artists. We begin our journey on the riverbanks of the Vistula in Krakow, Poland with an amazing mural painted in the former Jewish district of the city and is a tribute to the Jewish painter Moshe Lilien. Next we sail down the Mur to Graz, where the famous Austrian dissector has once again created a marvelous mural. The journey continues down the Spree and to Germany’s capital where Urban Nation has once again supported the beautification of Berlin with a colorful, vibrant and huge street art piece. From Berlin we cross the North Sea to anchor at the banks of River Lee in East-London and marvel upon the Ophelia. The final stop is the River Shannon that runs through Limerick in Ireland and it will not only be us watching but us being watched by an evolving eye. Ladies and Gentlemen get ready for the river mural tour through Europe.
The art collective Broken Fingaz Crew from Haifa that is made up of Deso, Kip, Tant and Unga paints images from pop-culture that includes references to Marvel comics, B-Movies, psychedelic art from the 60’s and 70’s as well as pop art. Their latest mural maintains their signature comical and figurative style but has a very different inspiration. Invited by the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow they created a mural that matches the theme of the festival. Their own words read “We’ve been invited by The Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow to paint in the middle of what used to be the jewish area before the war.. We decided to do a tribute to Moshe Lilien, one of our all time favourite artists, who lived in Poland more then hundred years ago. Big thanks to all the guys from the festival – we had an amazing time!“
Nychos is probably one of the artists that is most frequently selected into Street Update. The reason for this is as obvious as his latest mural is impressive; Nychos paints extraordinary murals like no one else. He dissects various creatures to show their imagined entrails and very often in huge scale. The mural he painted for the Livin’ Streets Festival in Graz is no exception. Curated by Vienna’s INOPERAbLE Gallery Nychos created this 40 meter long Dragon on a wall at Tagger Factory. The work is titled “Puff the Magic Dragon” and besides the obvious hippie reference to the 70’s the name is also a perfect description of the artwork itself. The mural depicts a gigantic dissected Chinese Dragon with smoke erupting from his mouth that wafts all the way to his tail. Unfortunately there is only one image available from the magnificent piece but we are sure that more will follow soon.
Invited by Berlin’s Urban Nation the American muralist Tristan Eaton painted his reinterpretation of the 1958 movie poster “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”. Eaton colored elements the gigantic woman in blue and red patterns but also left certain sections like her face or her breasts in the ‘natural’ grey color to accentuate depth, expression and to maintain photorealistic elements.
Borondo is renowned as exceptional artists as much as it is known that he is very much capable of collaborative works with other exceptional artists. The latest demonstration of Borondo’s team player abilities is the remake of John Everett Millais’ “Ophelia” he painted together with Carmen Main. The street art venture painted Ophelia lying on her death bed with her hands interlocked, a red cloth over her eyes and surrounded by green grass and flowers. The boot owner could not be prouder and between steering the boot along the riverbanks he always takes a little time to look at the artwork that now beautifies his floating home.
Guido van Helten is a big fan of black and white photography. The artist has worked together with numerous photographers and used their images as model for his murals. This is also the case for his latest mural that he describes as follows: “Painted for the Draw Out urban arts initiative for Limerick National City of Culture 2014. This work was based on a collaborative process with local photographer Gerry Andrews and a photograph from his series of images of the Limerick milk market in the 1970′s. While always engaging his subjects before taking their portraits, this particular image was taken at the end of day under fading light of a young girl driving away in a passing car, described by Gerry as a chance shot and therefore leaving the subject unknown. Painted over 7 days, the unknown figure now finds its place on William street, Limerick.”
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