Tag Archives: Graffiti

Cultural Perceptions

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Perception, a new “calligraffiti” project by artist eL Seed, questions the judgement and misconceptions society can have on a community based on their perceived differences. The anamorphic piece covers almost 50 buildings in Cairo’s Coptic neighbourhood of Zaraeeb – a community responsible for the city’s trash and recycling collection. Despite the immeasurable public service made by the area, the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and segregated. With the help of locals, the artist and his team developed a project to shed a positive light to the community. Continue reading

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Painted Stories: A tour through the street art of Bogotá

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“There’s more to Colombia than cocaine and coffee.”

Rey Garcia is a tour guide on a mission. In his eyes, street art is not only a legitimate art form worthy of a wider audience, but a valuable means of self-expression.

Street art is not illegal in Bogotá. The maximum penalty is akin to a parking ticket. And since relaxing restrictions in 2011, the city has seen its walls explode with color and creativity. Artists come from around the world to participate; an estimated 5,000 murals now cover the city, and new ones go up every week. Continue reading

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Bansky mocks Gaza

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Once again, Banksy has spontaneously announced the beginning of a new project, with the artist’s latest work using satire to highlight the conflict within the embattled Gaza area. In a mock tourism campaign, Banksy employs dark humor to shed light on the devastation caused by Israel’s Operation Protective Edge last year and the resulting destitution within the volatile region.

Richelle Sibolboro is Managing Editor of OpenCity Projects

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StreetARToronto

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The City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program invests in street art projects across the city, which aims to beautify public space and attribute the local culture and heritage of its host community. The program is rooted in a transformation that celebrates graffiti artwork, murals and stencil graffiti through diverse expressions, which contrast the harmful effects of vandalism. As part of StreetARToronto, the Underpass program START UP has transformed one of Toronto’s oldest communities, Corktown, and its King East pillars beneath the Richmond St E. and Adelaide St. E. overpasses. Continue reading

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Rise UP Detroit

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HOUSE OF MEGGS announces the completion of ‘Rise Up,’ David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke’s largest solo mural to date. At over 6,000 square feet, it towers over the eastern section of Detroit’s Russell industrial district and serves as an iconic symbol of the city’s ups and downs. The mural, which features an image of a tiger and the text ‘Rise Up,’ reveals a constant symbol of hope and strength that the city can identify with as it moves into a new era of change and regrowth. Continue reading

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Jamming in the streets of Portugal

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Portuguese street artist Odeith recently completed this amazing tribute to Bob Marley. The enormous mural, which took the artist a few days to complete, is an extraordinary, monochromatic portrayal of the legendary singer. Residents of Quinta do Mocho in Portugal were pleasantly surprised to come upon the remarkably elaborate portrait, which towers stories above the street. Continue reading

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Street art, conservation and ephemerality

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Public space is inherently uncontrollable. This is in stark contrast to the hyper-managed world of museums and galleries, in which curators and conservators manipulate temperature, humidity, light and vibration in order to preserve their treasures for as long as possible. As a result, art in the public space is unusually vulnerable, especially when it’s art of the unsanctioned variety. Continue reading

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