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Street Update #181

  • Telmo & Miel and Smug for POW! WOW! Rotterdam 2019
October 2, 2019
Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

In the world of street and urban art, September is typically the last month which lets artists of the Northern atmosphere enjoy the weather while painting outside. Many festivals took place around the world, and we caught a glimpse of a few of them, as you will see below. For the most recent updates from the world of art!, be sure to follow Widewalls on Instagram! In the meantime, scroll down for our highlights from the past 30 days.

Vlady in Ibiza

As part of the 9th edition of BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival in Ibiza, there was an interesting art intervention which took place in the island’s waters. Guerrilla artist Vlady installed Hopscotch, in accordance with the event’s theme of RESILIENCE, on the Cala Conta beach. Inspired by the famous children’s game, he placed a version of it on the water surface, attracting attention from bathers.

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Akut in Berlin

Akut, one half of the Herakut duo, participated in this year’s Berlin Mural Festival, which took place during the month of September. His latest mural covered the facade of a ten-story building and features fragments of a woman’s face.

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Telmo & Miel and Smug in Rotterdam

When three giants of portraiture in muralism join forces, chances are that we will get an epic result. Such was the case at this year’s POW! WOW! in Rotterdam, where the Dutch duo Telmo & Miel finally got to work with their Australian colleague Smug One. Smug’s skeleton figure was painted alongside a portrait of a woman, in a brilliant composition and a mesmerizing palette.

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POW! WOW! Rotterdam

Aside from the aforementioned trio, there was a whole other line-up of artists which took part in POW! WOW! in Rotterdam between September 13th and September 15th 2019. Among our favorites are the murals by Danny Rumbl, Dourone, Murmure, Said Kinos, Super A, and Didier Jaba Mathieu.

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Zmogk in Odintsovo

Konstantin Danilov, a Russian artist better known as Zmogk, recently participated in the Urban Morphogenesis festival in the city of Odintsovo. The artist created a spectacular new mural called New Life, and although it is oozing with abstraction, Zmogk commented:

Our thoughts form the reality around us. Each of us is able to create the world he wants.

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Malakkai and Semor in Aarhus

Here’s to yet another collaboration! Isaac Malakkai and Semor the Mad One were the guests of the Aarhus Festuge in the Danish town of the same name. Together, they gave life to this multilayered artwork filled with detail and graphic elements.

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INO in Joensuu

Finland’s biggest urban art event, Upeart took place this year in the town of Joensuu. Among the participants was INO who, in his trademark fashion, painted a mural using exclusively shades of gray and a dash of blue, to outline a portrait of a woman in a pensive state.

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M-City in Ragusa

Last but not least for this round of Street Update, we have M-City and his CheckPoint pieces spread across several walls of various dimensions. Explaining the black and white works he created for the FestiWall in Ragusa, Italy, the Polish artist said:

This piece is part of a series of works dedicated to the world of the titans, semi-human protagonists of a world in decline, on the suburbs of the empire. In the desolation of distant lands, a carriage proceeds to check the fortifications, under the watchful eye of the Lord. Some slaves pull the carriage, others repair the cages, with their work they are changing the world, living hidden behind the walls corrupted by time in search of energy among the mechanical residues of civilization. The simple human eye cannot grasp the omnivorous lust of the corporations, it can, at most, be a part of them, as a final consumer. This is the condition of our times.

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Featured image: Telmo & Miel and Smug for POW! WOW! Rotterdam 2019.