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Street Update #117

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March 2, 2016
Runs, does yoga.

It’s that time of the week again, and we hope you’re ready for a selection of five new murals brought to you by Widewalls. Before you start scrolling down and opening new tabs, here’s a quick review of some relevant topics: you may be interested in finding out how Shoreditch (London) manages to fight gentrification, which turned out to be no good, at least for the majority of people who currently have something to do with Shoreditch. Will street art help them gain some attention and stop the process? While London relies on street art to solve some issues, something contrary to that happens in France. Recently, an anti-graffiti squad simply scrubbed off a commissioned street art piece, made by C215. The authorities later agreed that the graffiti removal was a mistake, but the damage is already done. So even when it’s legal, street art is simply never really safe. But that’s probably the beauty of it, most of you would agree.

While both London and Reims, France are places where graffiti are usually illegal (probably due to the great value and significance of the existing architecture), there are some places in the world where muralism is not something that the law is concerned with, like Afghanistan for example. Here’s an interesting, moving story about a street artist from Kabul, who is, by the way, a woman, and who followed her dreams that led her to the other side of the world. Her name is Shamsia Hassani.

After this quick set of recommendations on which articles to read these days, we can proceed to the murals! Meanwhile, feel free to like our page on Facebook, and share your opinion.

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Caratoes in London

One of Caratoes’s beautiful multi-eyed creatures appeared on the streets of London. A lovely, eerie set of shapes and symbols correspond with the street and the café next to them. Cara To probably painted the façade of the house in black, and placed the rest of the illustration in front of it afterwards. Rays of light come out of the strange girl’s eyes (two of them, to be precise), and end up somewhere in the distance. If you would like to see this amazing surreal piece in person, your only option is to go to London, Kingsland Road.

Image via Caratoes.

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Millo in Koh Samui, Thailand

Millo, the eminent Italian street artist, made one of his amazing works in Thailand last week. Black and white, with the emphasis placed on white, combined with a little bit of color – that’s how you could describe his captivating murals. The characters that he makes are so authentic, they look like they exist in a parallel world of their own, and sometimes come by, appearing occasionally on walls of our material 3D world. There is an interesting story behind this mural: Suvannamaccha (Thai: สุพรรณมัจฉา: “golden fish”) is a daughter of Tosakanth (Ravana) appearing in the Thai and other Southeast Asian versions of Ramayana. She is a mermaid princess who tries to spoil Hanuman’s plans to build a bridge to Lanka but falls in love with him instead.

Images via Millo.

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MadC in Marrakech

The 6th Marrakech biennale is still ongoing, and the parallel MB6 Street Art event is following the main program. So far, more than 10 murals appeared on the streets of the Red City, and we mentioned one of them in our previous Street Update. This time, we bring you MadC, one of the most popular female street artists. You would probably recognize her work anywhere in the world, but do notice how all of the nice warm tones from the background compliment the colors MadC used for her mural. What a beautiful addition to the vibrant city of Marrakech!

Photo via Graffiti Art magazine.

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Sabek in Bodo, Norway

8230 Exhibition at NOK Gallery is celebrating urban art. In addition to the main content of the exhibition (the mobile one), Sabek made a mural on one of the walls, inside the NOK gallery in Bodo, Norway. Sabek tends to represent animals very often, and also does it in a unique, distinct manner. His clear, black, almost stamp-like shapes could be considered as simplistic on one hand, but also very precise and convincing on the other. Depicting recognizable creatures, such as birds, wolves or bears, is not a very easy task when using a reduced set of colors and stylized shapes.

Image via Sabek.

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Violant in Coimbra, Portugal

It’s been a while since we featured a large-scale portrait like this one in our Street Updates. The name of the mural is Amal, and the author is João Maurício, also known as Violant. Violant is an artist from Portugal, known for very detailed representation, usually with dense, saturated content. His murals display semi-realistic, fantasy-related illustrations, which include animals, people, nature and imaginary creatures. The size of these characters is usually bigger than they appear in reality, and the content is often thought-provoking or even a bit disturbing. His latest mural was made in his homeland, Portugal.

Image via Violant.