Wandering around Brixton London the other night it was great to see independent stores thinking about how they can improve the look of the high st. Lots of stores there has decorated their shutters turning them into works of art and helping to make the street look interesting and not like a ghetto. I hope more stores do this and turn our streets into living art galleries.
Ending up at Shorditch overground station on Sunday after an afternoon adventure in and around Hoxton, we noticed the beginnings of an interesting exterior art instillation on the fences outside the station. People have been leaving padlocks attached to the fence, some with messages, some with drawings on them and some just left as they are. Also parts of the fence have been woven with wool into hearts.
I love that this type of art is organic and will take on a life of its own, and can’t wait to pop back to see it growing.
Is this happening anywhere else?
Usually when we think of GIFs, we think about something on a small scale that is relegated to the web. Many would argue an essential quality of the ‘art form’ is its smile file size, which is considered by some to be a constraint that must be worked within. So, what happens when you make a GIF the size of a building?
Artist and designer INSA has developed a new brand of street art merging the digital art form with graffiti – or what they cleverly call “GIF-ITTI.” The moving images are created by choosing a building surface which they paint over several times, photographing each stage of the process. The stills are then sequenced into a GIF proper bringing the Graffiti to life online. Street art becomes a kind of interventionist animation. These GIFs in particular were done in collaboration with street artist UNGA and the Broken Fingaz Crew.
The GIF is transformed from a discrete object into a new form of art and street documentation as well as a work of art in and of itself. While most often GIFs are made from pre-existing footage or materials what’s most fascinating about these is that the artists intervened in a public, physical space to generate a GIF as the final product. Real space is transformed in service of the digital world.
Click below to see this amazing artwork.
Here are a selection of photos from a whistle stop visit to the big apple, I literally spend 24 hours their, the weather was amazing and I managed to get a few snaps of some interesting things. take a look.
Loved this amazing visual feature wall created in the Gant store.
Simple yet very effective window scheme in the Rag and Bone store
Quirky exterior store planting, makes the store and the street look great.
NOHO or North of Houston
Just north of Soho the Noho design area has been up and coming for the last few years, it defiantly the place to hunt out quirky new ideas.
Love this Gap billboard made up of real T shirts on one of the main roads in the area.
Talk about street art, Desigual know how to grab your attention.
This is another great example of grabbing your attention, this time a little more subtle than Desigual but still effective.
This trail leads you to an exhibition by Tom Dixon.
Great example of the Upcycling trend, this time using pallets as A frame ad boards.
Guerrilla street art, lampposts have been given some treatment to improve their look. They have been covered in thousands of coloured cable ties.
Those of us who have visual minds find that although we dream in color, there is one fact that is inherently black and white. We are cursed to picture things in our mind that we would rather not - but on the flip-side we are blessed to have the ability to envision a draft-worthy product before we even have the materials ready to sketch.