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Street Update #174

  • Okuda San Miguel in Yakutsk
March 4, 2019
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

As we dive deeper into the year 2019, we are taking a look back to see which murals caught the world’s attention. The production of pieces during the month of February was rich and diverse, making it very difficult to choose from. This month, we go from sunny Madrid to the most northern parts of Russia. In order to always stay up to date with murals worldwide, be sure to follow us on Instagram.

Okuda San Miguel in Yakutia

The Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel has created the world’s northernmost sculpture in Yakutsk, Russia on the occasion of the Yakut Biennale of Contemporary Art, the first and only Russian urban art biennale. Titled Ancestral Retromirage, this 4-meter tall piece of public art is cast from steel with sharp spikes and rendered in the artist’s signature geometric, rainbow style. For this piece, Okuda found inspiration in Yakut mythology, portraying the primitive man without the shackles of civilization.

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Pegasus in London

A Chicago-born and London-based artist, Pegasus is known for stenciled pieces which draw from popular culture. Depicting icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Lucille Ball, Amy Winehouse, Catherine Middleton, Queen Elizabeth II, JFK and Elvis Presley, he creates pieces which are sometimes ironic or controversial. The artist paid tribute to the late designer and artist Karl Lagerfeld with a stencil piece in London.

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Dulk and Mantra in Jacó

A hungry and insatiable all terrain illustrator, Dulk creates tragi-comic animal-themed works in organic colors. On the other hand, Mantra, who also finds his inspiration in the natural world, is known for staging life-like and realistic paintings. These two talented artists shared their techniques and knowledge to create a wall for Artify Jaco, an organization working to promote art in the thriving beach city of Jacó, Costa Rica. Titled El Coleccionista, the mural depicts the most iconic bird of Jacó, the scarlet macaw.

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Bordalo II and Okuda in Madrid

In Madrid’s Lavapiés neighborhood, Bordalo II and Okuda teamed up to create a stunning piece on the occasion of the exhibition Theriomorphism IV. The wall features a spectacular portrait of a chimpanzee which brilliantly combines both of these artists’ distinct styles – Okuda’s bright colors and Bordalo II’s interventions in relief with recycled materials.

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Featured image: Okuda San Miguel in Yakutsk. Courtesy the artist.