Street Update #49
Besides the usual, last week was marked by the second-year-in-a-row Life is Beautiful Festival. The three-day event took place in Las Vegas in front of thousands of visitors that came to experience music, food and art at one place. When it comes to art, many of world’s biggest street art stars were right there, doing some of their best works, like Fintan Magee, D*Face and Cyrcle. Others, like British street art superstar Phlegm, went to the other part of the world for the Dunedin Urban Art Festival in New Zealand. Some decided to leave their creative mark nowhere else but in their home countries, like the German artist Tobias Kroeger who painted the outstanding large-scale portrait. If you happen to be near any of these locations, visit the murals and see in person why we made this list. But before you do that, check out our gallery and choose your favorite. Enjoy!
FINTAN MAGEE- couple and their bunnies
Founded in 2012, Las Vegas became richer for another annual happening. Life is Beautiful Festival started out as a two day event that embraced all kinds of art – from music, food to street art. This year, they expanded the festival to three days, which brought even more people that the last two years who came to enjoy various programs. In the street art section, some of the world’s biggest names in street art gathered and painted some amazing artwork. Australian superstar Fintan Magee was given the space across from Spain’s artist Borondo, whose styles complement very well. Magee spent five days on the sunny streets of Las Vegas on this tricky corner building but managed to drop an amazing artwork featuring a couple and their bunnies!
As we earlier said, Life is Beautiful festival brought some of the most impressive street artists today and, beside Fintan Magee, D*Face was another famous name. The British artist, who had very busy last couple of months, was in town only for the festival, spent four days working on this fantastic piece entitled “Love Forever”. The new piece shows the artist’s signature aesthetics, as well as his recognizable Lichtenstein-influenced imagery.
Californian art collective Cyrcle. didn’t need to travel much in order to come to Life is Beautiful Festival. Known for their motivational billboard-like pieces, the art duo did another stunning piece for the three-day event. The large-scale mural features the recongizable Cyrcle. aesthetics in using grey color for the background and large, clear orange letters saying “Faith, Courage, Power, Growth”. One of the most appealing aspects of Cyrcle’s work is the simplicity but still the power to their art.
Tobias Kroeger did his first mural, largely influenced by the New York graffiti scene, at the age of 12 in his home country Germany. Since then, the artist has been trying to work as a freelance graphic artist but two years ago, the now 37-year-old artist decided to try out the canvas and contemporary art – and it was the right choice! Only few days ago, Kroeger did a mural in his home town, Bremen, featuring a portrait of an older man, all done in brown color with only a few dark traces of brush used for the shading. However, Koreger’s man has brick-like object in his forehead, adding the mystery and sadness at the same time to the piece. Keep up the good work!
New Zealand is currently hosting the Dunedin Urban Art Festival. Beside many household names, the festival was happy to announce that street art superstar Phlegm would be participating. As usual, British artist never fails and his fantastic skills, ideas and technique leaves everyone breathless, whether you’re an art enthusiast or not. For the Dunedin festival, the artist did this stunning piece entitled “The songbird pipe organ” which took him several days to finish, but the finishing result is more than satisfying. The piece shows one of his characters playing an organ which is releasing a myriad of colorful tropical birds, which is not that common in the work of the London-based artist, since he is known for his monochromatic, black and white artworks.