There are many different ways that artists and city municipalities can work together to decorate their cities, but it seems like city administrators in Japan have come up with one solution that is as unexpected and whimsical as it is creative and beautiful – decorated manhole covers. Each municipality takes pride in its manhole cover design, which can display anything from municipal symbols and local landscapes to abstract patterns or illustrations of local legends.
Posts Tagged ‘public art’
During our commute, most of us will resort to listening to music, reading, or staring at the window and pondering the meaning of life. Artist and blogger October Jones (real name Joe Butcher) , however, has come up with a creative and somewhat more unusual way to spend his time – he draws new heads for his fellow commuters.
Given the extraordinary size of their epic street-art murals, it’s probably safe to say that the Polish street-art duo Etam Cru is one of the next big things in urban street art. The duo, which consists of street artists Sainer and Bezt, creates massive street art murals that are often several stories tall and dripping with color.
New York-based artist George Ferrandi has put our tolerance for strangers to the test in her quirky and fun photo project “It Felt Like I Knew You.” The premise of Ferrandi’s project is simple – she pretends to fall asleep on a total stranger on the NY subway system, and her associate Angela Gilland captured their reactions on her phone. Some commuters let Ferrandi snooze, while others either woke her or moved their seats.
British artists Andy Moss and Jamie Wardley, representing the Sand In Your Eye sand and ice sculpture gallery, created an unforgettable and thought-provoking work, entitled The Fallen 9000, to commemorate International Peace Day (Sept. 21st). Together with a group of volunteers, the artists covered the D-Day landing beach in Arromanche, France with the silhouettes of 9000 fallen soldiers.
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.