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Street update #145

September 14, 2016
Web journalist, coffee junkie and art fanatic. Cares about the environment, writes for Widewalls. Alias of Milica Jovic

In June, American public was outraged by the infuriatingly brief sentence imposed on Brock Turner for sexually assaulting a young woman in Stanford. The emotions of anger and disbelief overwhelmed the public and protests were organized against the verdict and the appointed judge. But another shock followed only three months later when now convicted sexual offender was prematurely released after serving only half of his sentence under a law that gives inmates credit for time served. And what would have happened if, instead of raping unconscious women, Brock Turner spent his evening doing something completely different, like painting street artworks for instance? According to LA-based artist Plastic Jesus, he would have ended up in prison as well… except this time for a few years longer. It is this hypocrisy in the American legal system that is the main focus of Plastic Jesus’ latest mural that reminds us that justice isn’t always served at that the crime doesn’t always fit the punishment.

But it’s not all bleak in this weeks’ Street update. Across the globe, in China, fifteen street artist continue to paint murals and curate exhibitions for Back to School project thus gathering funds for the education of underprivileged children and perhaps restoring our faith in humanity. As you probably know by now a brand new edition of Nuart festival in Stavanger just opened on September 11th and apart for an extensive exhibition coverage and exciting interviews from the spot, we’ve also found the time to introduce you with some of the best murals painted on the celebrated street art event. Finally, we move on to Arkansas where The Unexpected festival gathered some of the finest street artists in the world with a mission of creating vibrant spaces where the locals can live, work and play. The festival proved quite inspiring for the participating artists, as two artworks created during the event found their place on this week’s Street Update.

Scroll down to discover the best street artworks of the past week, and than feel free to continue the exploration on our Facebook page where additional masterpieces simply crave for your attention and admiration.

Seth - Dream Big China

Last week, French artist Seth embellished a local school in Chang Ping with a realistic depiction of a Tibetan schoolgirl. This week, he continued to support Back to School project by moving to Beijing where he made this large scale representation of a young boy’s hopes and dreams. The artist employed colors of the rainbow and the blue sky motif to evoke the sensation of dreaming that’s taking place inside the child’s mind.

Featured image : Seth – Dream Big China, socialfeed.info

Fintan Magee in Stavanger

Declining prices of oil had long-term consequences on Stavanger’s employment rates. Since the extraction of oil from the sea became unprofitable a local refinery was forced to fire numerous employees who are now struggling to make ends meet. And while experts talk about the post-oil economy of the future, the future of those who spent their lives working on oil rigs remains uncertain and bleak. Artist Fintan Magee captured the anxiety and the restlessness of, now redundant working class members in the massive mural painted on two 50m silos. The artist photographed an oil worker that was then duplicated in a way resembling Rorschach stains and then pasted the image onto large curved walls.

Fintan Magee mural in Stavanger via Nuart festival Facebook page

Bordalo II - Fox

An adorable fox recently settled in downtown Fort Smith in Arkansas. Massive metal animal is the latest trash installation by celebrated artist Bordalo II and it encompasses an abandoned automobile and an array of metal scraps that were skilfully transformed into a giant fox lying on the grass. Striking three-dimensional artwork was created for the second edition of the Unexpected festival in Arkansas  where the prolific artist also made a wall mounted piece featuring an opossum lurking from a Garrison Avenue rooftop.

Featured image : Bordalo II -Fox via artist’s Facebook page

Alexis Diaz in Fayetteville

Here’s another fascinating artwork created for The Unexpected festival in Arkansas. Highly detailed black and a white mural made by Alexis Diaz portrays an owl sitting on a tree while a young moon shines above it. The mural is wonderfully incorporated in the surrounding facade, which we can see upon a closer inspection. You’ll notice how cracks in the building’s walls serve as an extension of the branch beneath the main character. An owl with a human eye inserted in its torso is evocative of the Native America belief in therianthropy, a mythological ability of humans that enables them to turn into animals.

Featured image : Alexis Diaz in Fayetteville via artist’s Facebook Page

Plastic Jesus in Los Angeles

A street artwork that compares the legal punishments established for graffiti makers with the sentence Brook Turner got for tree counts of sexual assault, reveals the hypocrisy of American legal system. In many American states, street art is considered criminal vandalism, a felony that can bring up to 3 years imprisonment if damage exceeds $400, which is often the case in the pricey cities such as LA, where graffiti removal expenses are high. In his latest street artwork, Plastic Jesus powerfully expressed both his rage evoked by the system’s leniency towards rapists, and the absurdity of equalizing graffiti with criminal damage.

Featured image: Plastic Jesus in LA via boredpanda.com