I don’t know if street art ever really works indoors. If you domesticate an animal, it goes from being wild and free to sterile, fat and sleepy. So maybe the art should stay outside.
For this week’s challenge, we’re exploring art–outdoors, in the park, on the street–for all to enjoy. When we travel, I often notice murals, graffiti, new public art on display. In Chicago, for example, you can see works by Picasso and Chagall. In London, you might see Banksy’s work. In Florence, the local artist Blub tucks away his posters in alleys and in quiet corners. How’s that for a visual thrill?
To get your creative wheels spinning, here are some samples of street art captured in various places close to home and around the world.
This marvelous mural was on display in the Marais District in Paris. After passing it several times, I had to stop and photograph it.
A giant crystal chandelier was recently installed under the Burrard Bridge in Vancouver. No ordinary lighting fixture, it lowers, spins, and lights up before returning to its original position. Crafted from stainless steel, LED lamps and over 600 polyurethane “crystals,” this art installation weighs over 7,000 pounds (3,401 kilograms).
An anonymous artist named “Blub” has been papering the streets of Florence, Italy with his whimsical and funny portraits of famous people wearing scuba goggles. (You can see the water bubbles around Mozart’s head and his pen.) Why submerge them underwater? In an interview in Artribune, Blub was quoted as saying time stands still underwater. By plunging these characters into the sea, Blub makes them eternal.
This colorful installation brightened up a street corner in the Soho neighborhood in London around Christmas.
Chinese artist Yue Minjun created an installation called A-maze-ing Laughter for the Vancouver Biennale, which has become a famous landmark. Fourteen giant bronze statues of the artist who is hysterically laughing are set in a circle in Morton Park.
This week, we invite you to join us for LAPC #170: Street Art. Show us your captures of street art in places near and far. Be sure to include a link to this post and use the “Lens-Artists” tag so we can easily find your post in the Reader.
A special thanks to I.J. Khanewala of Don’t Hold Your Breath who hosted “The Ordinary” challenge last week. Many people commented that the photos you shared were examples of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. I couldn’t agree more! They were a delight.
Next week, it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to lead LAPC #171, so please stop by her site next Saturday at noon to join the fun. In the meantime, have a joyful, safe, and inspiring week.