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Street Update #118

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March 9, 2016
Runs, does yoga.

The past week was an intriguing one for street art, full of exciting updates. Let us see why: a new urban art park will most likely be created in Baltimore! A non-profit organization, called Section1, is on its way to turn a vacant lot into the largest street art park in the area. If everything works out well, the project will be a wonderful example of successful adaptive reuse – a large, abandoned site will become a place full of people and action. In other news, Banksy is back in the spotlight. There will be an interesting exhibition held at Bel-Air Fine Art Geneve, starting tomorrow, March 10th, and a huge variety of his famous works will be available to the public. Simultaneously, his identity was supposedly revealed (again), by a group of scientists who used a geographic profiling technique for catching serial criminals (which really sounds kind of weird and exaggerating, who would have known that cracking up Banksy’s anonymity was of such significance?)

Now, we can proceed to the list of 5 murals that caught our attention, and in addition to them – do take some time to check out an article about Mr. Brainwash’s new mural, obviously dedicated to Leonardo di Caprio, but actually also to all of us. In the meantime, find us on Facebook, we want to know what you think about all of the past events!

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BLU in Naples, Italy

We can easily say that Blu is one of Italy’s finest and most famous street artists. His talent reached almost every part of the world and his style is so unique and yet so strangely familiar, probably because we come across his works so often. We haven’t seen much of him lately though, but here it is, another one of his bedazzling large-scale masterpieces. The Green Giant is a giant indeed, just compare the size of its hand to the people around it. The mural encompasses several walls and involves a window, but Blu did it so smoothly that we don’t even notice these elements at first. The mural is apparently painted on the walls of a former psychiatric hospital prison.

Images via StreetArtNews.

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Bifido in Caserta, Italy

The prolific Italian street artist is known for using the paste up technique very often. He combines the photograph with the texture and the color of the existing wall, and tells amazing stories. He usually shoots photos by himself, in his studio, before applying them on walls, which really shows how devoted and diligent he is. Bifido‘s new mural appeared on on of the walls of the town of Caserta, near Naples in Italy, and it is accompanied by the lyrics to a famous song  – Sweet Dreams Are Made of This. There is a ruined car next to the mural, in front of the giggling girl, and once you pay attention to what she’s hiding behind her back, the narrative becomes very obvious.

Photo by Bifido.

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Okuda San Miguel in Morocco

Yes, he did it again – the master of bright colors and geometrical shapes painted another church, only this time the architecture is perhaps a bit less monumental. The result is, nevertheless, equally powerful and breathtaking. In case you somehow missed the story, although it is almost impossible, Okuda turned an old church in Spain into a colorful skatepark a few months ago. The artist said that the project was one of the most important things he had done so far. Thanks to Okuda’s boldness we can enjoy an addition to that first edgy project. The neglected church in Morocco is now a much livelier place, at least from the outside, we don’t know about the interior yet. Take a look at the images of this astonishing work!

Images via Okuda.

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Muretz in London

The real name of the artist coming from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is Mauro Golin. He is better known under his alias – Muretz. The artist has a distinct style expressed through a variety of illustrations, which are mostly made in black and white, and carry a humorous, tongue-in-cheek undertone. However, there is also something irresistibly romantic about them, but it is hard to tell if it’s the sentiment of the narratives or the softness of the shape. Whichever it is, it really hits the spot, and this catchy new mural in London is a great example of his work.

Image via Muretz.

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Dotmasters in Marrakech, Morocco

As we already mentioned in the previous edition of our Street Update sequence, the 6th Marrakech Biennale was a very important event, not only for contemporary art, but for street art in particular. Many world famous artists came to Morocco to paint and embellish the beautiful reddish walls. One of them was The Dotmasters, the amazing artist from the UK whose real name is Leon Sessix. Roses are always a beautiful thing to see, but here is what the artist wrote about them on his website: “Marrakech is often called the rose city for its colour, everything is painted a reddish brown, coupled with the fact that Morocco is a major producer of rose oil with a unique fragrance meant that i had found something local i could focus on. The cabbage rose that grows there is not a looker, (its called the cabbage rose for a reason) so i picked a prettier version to paint.

All of the photos were taken by Ian Cox. Images via Dotmasters.