Street Update #99
In the history of popular culture, last week will definitely be remembered as that week when future from Back to the Future became the thing of the past. And street artists have marked this event in Denver with a beautiful homage to the iconic movie from the eighties. But it isn’t the only interesting thing that happened last week. This week also saw the debut of a new street art movie about the vibrant Lisbon scene and many new astonishing works of art that you might have already seen on our Facebook page. However, before we move on to our weekly recap, we have some upcoming exhibitions to recommend that graffiti lovers will surely like to visit. Mr Cenz exhibit in London is one of them, and an interesting group show featuring works of five Greek street artists in Athens might be a good choice. And if you’re in for some graffiti erotica, you’ll be glad to know that Mark Bode’s works are on view in Paris. Also, if you’ve ever wondered how graffiti artists are doing at the auctions you might want to read our article about Cope2’s most expensive art pieces.
With no further digressions, we bring you five favorite murals of the past week, so scroll down and enjoy…
Tellas in London
Illustrious Italian artist Tellas took a trip to the UK last week, where he was invited by the Howard Griffin Gallery to paint a mural for the Village Underground art hub. No matter what medium Tellas chooses to work in, whether it’s his large-scale murals like this one, or his smaller pieces on paper, the final results of his efforts are a real treat for the beholders. The finished piece truly looks amazing and it incorporates all the signature elements of the artist’s work from the natural landscape motifs to the complex composition of lines and shapes.
Photo via Tellas
Levalet in Strasbourg
French artist Levalet has done a new piece on the streets of Strasbourg, continuing the astonishing series of site-specific artworks. Always amazingly innovative, Levalet managed once again to see what ordinary people would miss. For some passersby, a couple of basement window bars are things that don’t deserve a second look, but with his keen eye for details, Levalet saw an opportunity to turn those rusty iron bars into a tale of imprisonment. Conveniently entitled Rescue, the piece imagines the story of a prisoner trapped in a cell, guarded by the policemen, who is about to get his freedom back with a little assistance from a friend.
Photo via Levalet
NemO’s in Sicily
Another Italian artist has made it to our list. Borrowing the moniker inspiration from the Jules Verne’s character, the marine captain Nemo who fought the battles on the sea, street artist NemO’s continues the legacy of this great captain, fighting against the ignorance and vagueness in our society. The Ignorance piece shows one of NemO’s signature naked characters standing on top of his head and vainly trying to look beyond the wall. A powerful metaphor brought in a humorous way, something that the Italian artist is best at.
Photo via NemO’s
Case MaClaim - School Mural
Last time we saw Case from MaClaim crew was a couple of weeks ago, when he was visiting the United States. On his return to Europe, Case has painted another of his astonishing murals, this time following a more intimate inspiration. The walls of the school building, on which the mural was painted, hold a special place in the heart of the artist whose mother used to teach at the very same facility. Beautifully incorporated into the surroundings and interacting with the light source, the mural brings attention to the importance of education while exploring the familiar imagery of the Wizard of Oz and Scarecrow’s motto that brains are the most important thing worth having.
Photo via Case MaClaim
DEIH in Valencia, Spain
After his magnificent work in Reykjavik, Iceland for the Wall Poetry project, Deih has returned to his hometown of Valencia and he isn’t wasting his time. A couple of days ago, in his recognizable futuristic cyberpunk style, Deih has asked that question we often do not dare to ask. What would happen if we would cut all our social media connections? Deih answered with the image of a shattered mask on one of his characters, wondering if a true face of a person will appear, embracing the beauties of the world beyond the internet. For those who would like to try out the advice, a good idea might be to go on a quest for Deih’s new and amazing artwork on the streets of Valencia. Perhaps even share the location with our community? Via social media of course.
Photo via Deih
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