Street Update #29
Today we will tell you stories about: ancient Egypt, colorful balloons, self-destruction, giants and goldfish. The first story is by a woman from South Africa that tells fearsome tales of pit bulls but also religious entities guiding a path out of the darkness. Another story is by an author of children’s story that not only makes children dream. The third storyteller loves women as much as he does the spray can. The next story is in French and written on bricks in Riga. Our final story tells the old story little ones leaping high and falling into champagne.
Faith47 is currently in Malmö partaking in the Artscape Street Art Festival. She painted a horizontal-scaled mural of a black haired woman with a candle resting on her palm. The chain wrapped around her left arm carries the ancient Egyptian Ankh. The loop of Ankh resembled the feminine and the elongated section represented the masculine. Faith47 regularly uses symbolism in her murals. It is an element of her artistic expression that displays the meaningfulness of her artwork.
Seth Globepainter left his recent ways. The mural he created in Sete in the south of France shows color escaping the head and not the submersion into such. It shows a man wearing black-tie apparel. The appertaining bowler the man just took off is in his right hand. The lifting of the hat releases colorful misshapen bubbles and grey tentacles. The bubbles float of into the sky like balloons while the tentacles slowly creep from the dark space inside the head. Seth lets the large bubbles fly behind the projection of the building, creating a window through which we see their path.
David Walker in Shoreditch
We know David Walker loves to spray paint portraits of women. The use of different colors is his tag. The result is his reputation. The portrait he created on the door of the Bedroom Bar is one of the coolest artworks Walker painted. In 2013 he already painted a woman’s face on the purple door. One year later he returns to the scene of self-destruction and creates a piece more stunning than the first. Londoners go to Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch and look that woman in the eyes.
The eastern European journey of MTO continues in Riga. After visiting Ms. Reet in Tartu he traveled onwards to visit the home of artists. At first he had no great affection for his new tasks: “I didn’t like much the wall which was proposed to me but I definitely liked the area. The piece is situated in the yard of “Brasalona”, an evolving art and tech complex.” Because he didn’t like the wall so much he made himself a giant to write “I don’t like brick walls so I am just going to tag” at the top of the building and use the broken drainpipe as an exclamation mark!
Lonac’s goldfish mural is a projection of the human desire for material improvement. The goldfish jumping out his water tank leaps for the champagne glass. He leaves his old home for the wish of greater fulfillment and a life of wealth. Mind you he’ll be swimming in his own waste nevertheless. Beside our harsh criticism for the goldfish, the artist Lonac can only be praised for this outstanding piece of art. The images show how careful and concentrated the artist works on the smallest details of his murals. The idea behind it is genius by the way. We hope to see more of Lonac in future.