One hundred completely useless or just vandalized booths in São Paulo, Brazil, were given to 100 talented artists who had free reign to turn them into anything they like. The result is spectacular! Photographers Mariane Borgomani and Wally Gobetz captured some of the beautifully redesigned booths and posted them online. These creative phone booths are part of an ongoing public art project “Call Parade” which is sponsored by Brazilian telecommunications company Vivo.
Do you remember the amazing sand drawings by Andres Amador and Jim Denevan? This time, instead of using rakes or driftwood, Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg decided to take it to the next level by using a tractor. Gunilla attached a special star pattern made of tyre threads to a metal cylinder of the tractor that cleans Laga beach in Spain. Following the lunar and tidal calendar, the pattern is remade again and again at all possible days at low tide.
If you come to Águeda, a municipality in Portugal, during the month of July, you may see hundreds of colorful umbrellas floating above some streets.They are hung over promenades giving pedestrians a nice shade and something cool to look at. The street looks amazing, doesn’t it?
When I saw these tiny carvings, I thought that Dalton Ghetti has added some new works to his incredible series of pencil tip sculptures. However, it turns out that these wonderful micro sculptures were actually carved by Vietnamese-American artist Diem Chau. Diem’s carvings are so well executed that it makes me sad that there are only two of them. Now I’m bookmarking her blog and will continue to refresh it everyday till I see more amazing pencil tip sculptures!
Fighting boredom isn’t an easy task, but a dose of creative street art can alleviate the symptoms! Inspired by Modern Met’s 10 Interactive Street Art Works That Rocked, we decided to add a couple of our own picks to the list. But before you start scrolling down the list, be sure to check out other street art posts we had earlier…
Bob Maynard once said that “Problems are opportunities in disguise.” And this is exactly what happened to Kayleigh O’Conno, a 24-year-old media student at Birmingham City University, who had a habit of finger biting. Kayleigh started glueing on false nails when she was around 16/17 because she bit her own so badly that they looked like something out of a horror film – and not in a good way. After a while she started painting designs on them so they didn’t look so boring, and then it went a bit crazy, with different shapes sizes and all that…
When viewed from a distance, a portrait of Chuck Close’s grandmother-in-law looks like a classic black and white photograph. However, when you come closer, you start to notice that the picture is actually made of thousands of fingerprints. “Fanny/Fingerpainting” represents one of the largest and most masterly executions of a technique Chuck Close developed in the mid-l980s. That technique involved the direct application of pigment to a surface with the artist’s fingertips. By adjusting the amount of pigment and the pressure of his finger on the canvas, Close could achieve a wide range of tonal effects.
Just last month, we shared Banksy’s Artwork Recreated in Real Life by Nick Stern and yesterday Nick sent us 11 new pictures from his “You are not Banksy” series. British-born artist, who is now based in Los Angeles, spent months meticulously gathering and making props for this thought-provoking series of images in order to capture Banksy’s controversial art through film. Nick was kind enough to answer a few questions about his inspiration and process.
The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project has been a neighborhood effort to create a beautiful mosaic running up the risers of the 163 steps located at 16th and Moraga in San Francisco. Sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust, artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher started working on the project in January of 2003. The mosaic staircase was completed on August 18, 2004 with the help of over 300 neighbors, and over 220 neighbors who sponsored handmade animal, bird and fish name tiles. As you can see, the result is simply amazing!
If you like coffee and art then this is for you! Russian artist Arkady Kim has recently created the world’s largest coffee bean mural which was unveiled in Moscow’s Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure. “The Awakening” was made out of 1 million coffee beans and took twelve days to complete. Weighing 397 pounds and spanning about 30 square meters it beats the previous record by Albanian artist Saimir Strati by 88 pounds and 5 square meters.
Japanese art student Chooo-San, aged 19, uses only acrylic paint and her incredible talent to transform herself into a mutant or cyborg. Multiple mouths, six eyes or even batteries protruding from her forearms – these are just a few examples of what she can do with a human body. Everything began when Chooo-San was studying for university admission exams. She would draw eyes and other objects on her hands while taking breaks from her studies.
Do you remember the amazing 3D Pencil Drawings by 17 Year Old Fredo we’ve shown you last year? Well, don’t be deceived, this is not another collection of his work. The sketches below are all drawn by the 21-year-old Nagai Hideyuki from Japan. Inspired by British 3D street artist Julian Beever, Hide uses the same projection technique called anamorphosis which allows to create 3D illusion when viewed from the correct angle.