Sand is the New Paper

August 19, 2012

Urban/Eco artist Gunilla Klingberg has truly got this beach printing lark all wrapped up. I can imagine the fanciest beaches around the world taking a cue from this idea. It all reminds me a little of a pair of sneakers I wore as a teen, which had patterns and a logo embossed on the sole.

Imagine the fun we could all have with designing our own rubber soles? Instead of free advertising for global corporations, we could pepper the beaches of the world with something a little more edgy. Maybe some art or doodles, quotes, personal manifestos, anything you’d like the world to see. Of course the police would probably treat it just like chalk graffiti and arrest everyone for walking :/

A Maccy D. Paper Tree

August 18, 2012

New York-based Japanese artist Yuken Teruya –  known for his amazingly intricate loo roll art has taken things a stage further with this incredibly detailed miniature tree cut from a single McDonald’s paper bag. Entitled ‘Notice-Forest: What Victory Tastes Like/ London‘ – the piece will be shown at a new group exhibition at David Smith Gallery in Denver.

Via DeMilked

Eco Art by Anna Garforth

August 16, 2012

British eco artist/designer Anna Garforth is near famous on the net for her lovely script style moss graffiti, for those not familiar with her other sublimely environmental works – here are a few more…

Wandering Territory was created digitally, printed, scored and “popped out” into a 3d sculpture.

Kusudama Light – from paper to light.

Wild at Heart is made from nothing more than masking tape on a wire fence.

Aymie Spitzer is a Brooklyn based designer with a great hand for etching and carving. She’s come up with an amazing concept, ‘Neighborwoods’ offers you the chance to get an engraved wooden map of your local hood. Right now the cities include Barcelona, Berlin, Brooklyn, London, Paris, Manhattan, Philadelphia and San Francisco, with more on the cards . Find out more at www.Neighborwoods.com.

Occupy Art by Guy Denning

August 13, 2012

Check out these ‘Occupy themed’ chalk/Conté sketches by Bristol born/France based artist Guy Denning highlighting the struggle of the 99%. Visit his site at www.guydenning.org for more.

Via: Empty Kingdom

Izhar Gafni from Israel has solved the world fuel shortage crisis in one fell swoop… as long as it doesn’t rain. All the money spent on bike sharing schemes in so many cities around the world, it’d make sense for hotter countries to follow Izhar’s lead. So what if your bike was stolen? Just cut out another one – this one cost Izhar $9 to make!

Whilst I’m writing about bikes (again) do make sure to check out this amazing bendable bike, tie it to a post – and no one will nick it :]

Horror on a Stick

August 12, 2012

STOYN, the Russian ad agency famous for their pop culture ice lollies featuring celebrities and icons from the past, such as Che Guevara and Darth Vader are on the verge of producing a new and far more horrific second series of their ice cream art. Check out these previews – you can almost taste the 80’s!

Argentine creative Alvarez Ortega Bianchi aka Cucacolor comes up with some of the craziest and most visually infectious imagery around. Murals, paintings, illustrations and limited edition prints for a similarly tripped out crowd. See his brain melting designs above and below and plenty more at Bianchi’s site at www.cucacolor.com. There’s also a rather cool interview at Illustration Rally for those who want to delve deeper. Learn to love your weird side :0

The Real Night Rider

August 4, 2012

This glow in the dark skateboard park by Korean artist Koo Jeong-A in association with Brussels-based L’Escaut Architectures created at an island in the middle of France’s Vassivière Lake has to be one of the most awesome urban environments ever conceived. The luminosity comes from a special phosphorescent concrete, that should be used in just about every city centre, everywhere in the world from now on. But probably won’t.

The vast majority of us in the world will probably never have a chance to ride the luminous trip fantastic or even walk it – so if you’re a town planner or an architect or run a construction company take a leaf from Koo Jeong-A’s book and try lighting up the city at night without burning more fuel. Just for a change let’s really try going green 😀

Photos via L’Escaut Architectures.

If I was a government crony charged with the responsibility of getting rid of all street art once and for all, I wouldn’t hire an army of graffiti removal specialists. Instead, most likely, I’d create a street artist to infiltrate the ranks of the street arts community. One who’s approach was so tacky and awful that through sheer enthusiasm for the mundane and obvious, all others, be they street artists or fans, would simply turn away in disgust. If there’s one potential recruit for that role, it has to be former shopkeeper and hypemonger David Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash aka Thierry Guetta.

If you’re related to a well respected street artist like Invader and you buy a video camera, if you’re very lucky you’ll eventually you’ll meet Banksy. If you’re really lucky,  your footage of Banksy will be so awful, he might even edit the flick for you and unintentionally make you famous. Then you’re set to storm the world with a heap of B.S primed to make everyone re-evaluate “WTF happened to street art?”.

If you want to see his latest “project” where he believes he and a kid he met who can mix a bit, with the aid of some corporate soft drinks sponsorship will somehow alchemically merge street art and dubstep together into a new millennial hybrid animal of ultimate corporate sponsored entertainment… visit Facebook.

Otherwise read some rather cutting journalism on what might turn out to be the man that truly opens the floodgates for this kind of crap just about everywhere, and perhaps even eventually strikes a death knell into the heart of street art…

The Independent: Mr Brainwash: Banksy’s street-art protégé and his latest brainwave

Artlyst: Mr Brainwash Breaking London The Agony And The Ecstasy

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