IMAGE: Mick Hangland-Skill.
New owners Eastbank Development are planning to raze the site and turn it into apartments—but before doing so, they offered it to the nonprofit Portland Street Art Alliance to use as a canvas. Since last spring, more than 50 artists have contributed to the project, covering all four of the building’s outer walls with cows, bears, Sasquatches and hyper-bright 3-D lettering.
Source: Portland Street Artists Turned a Doomed Building Into a Temporary Work of Art – Willamette Week
After years of painting his urban muse, Hardy’s images of Portland have taken on a new meaning as they’ve become a chronicle of a rapidly changing landscape. Artwork Courtesy of Roll Hardy
“It’s been six months since the painting was made and it’s gone,” Hardy said. “Knocked down and excavated. I was thinking about that a lot when I was making that work. Times are changing. The city is changing for sure.” After years of painting his urban muse, Hardy’s images of Portland have taken on a new meaning as they’ve become a chronicle of a rapidly changing landscape.Artwork Courtesy of Roll HardyHardy’s work documents parts of Portland that are slowly disappearing. When he reflects upon that,
Source: Roll Hardy: Painting Portland’s Impermanent, Industrial Beauty . TV | OPB
Much of what Vhils showed me were extraordinary works, based on ideas of permanence in the cities that he has either lived in or worked in, and the unique ways he combines these experiences into canvases, cement pieces, styrofoam works and even new works on old doors that are the standouts of the show.
Source: Juxtapoz Magazine – Interview: Vhils and the Things We Leave Behind
Over the last year, Belgian painter and sculpturor Stefaan De Croock aka Strook began working with repurposed wood panels, doors, and furniture to construct giant faces on the side of buildings.
via Repurposed Wood Doors and Furniture Transformed into Geometric Faces on the Streets of Belgium | Colossal.
Antonio “Shades” Agee holding up a student’s artwork STEPHANIE BATTAGLIA
Shades acknowledges what might be considered a unique situation, given his commercial success in the urban art: “I’m blessed. I’m an artist. People are paying me for what I do with a God-given talent. So there’s no problem with me giving back,” the graffiti artist said, chuckling. “Any child that gets to see anyone of success doing art … is awesome. Kids love that.”
via A Detroit Collage: How a Graffiti Artist, Apparel Company and Nonprofit Are Helping to Keep Art in Schools – The Root.
Photo: Randi Sokoloff for the Guardian.
For two decades Doel’s remaining residents have been embroiled in a battle with a state-funded corporation that is seeking to raze it. The townspeople also have the EU’s strict environmental laws on their side thanks to the large population of swallows that has taken up residence in the dilapidated town. But they also have something else working in their favor: street art.
via Abandoned Belgian Town Now Covered in Street Art.
While his ideas and motivations are often crystal clear, it is his minimalism and subtractive techniques that make his work truly stand out.
via The Subtractive Canvases and Street Art of Pejac | Colossal.
I’m really enjoying this giant pigeon painted on an abandoned home by Dutch freelance artist Super A. You can see more of his outdoor work on his website, and read more about him over on City Leaks.
via A Towering Pigeon on an Abandoned Home by ‘Super A’ | Colossal.
The painting appears to be work of Irony, a well known but anonymous graffiti artist who has produced some stunning work in collaboration with Boe, mainly around north London.
via Striking street art appears on Atlantic Road shopfront in Brixton.
An Os Gêmeos mural in Boston in 2012. (Photo courtesy Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
In celebration of America’s thriving subculture of street artists, we’ve compiled a list of the greatest art that can’t be found in a museum. Whether they’re temporary or permanent, penned by an anonymous maker or a household name, behold: the stunning artworks lurking on the corners of U.S. cities.
“Love Letter” mural by Espo aka Stephen Powers in Philadelphia in 2009. (Photo courtesy Adam Wallacavage)
via 19 Beautiful Images That Prove America’s Greatest Art Isn’t In A Museum.
bicycle murals from Argentinian artist Mart who began painting on the streets of Buenos Aires in the 1990s at the tender age of 12.
via Bicycle Street Art by Mart | Colossal.
Jesus, get this guy to Portland!
Or, just go see Justin Blinder’s amazing work here.
Vacated reverse engineers Google Street View to highlight the changing landscape of various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. The project finds buildings constructed in the past four years using the NYC Department of City Planning’s PLUTO dataset, and it leverages Google Street View’s cache to visualize absent lots just before new buildings were constructed. For Envision 2017’s website, the ages of other buildings on these same blocks are also shown in each scene.
via Vacated – justinblinder.com.
The Converse Wall of Clash mural on the Powerhouse building at The Old Vinyl Factory, in Hayes.
The building, sat empty and left decaying for decades, is now a dazzling reminder of its heyday, when it was part of the record-pressing plant which produced and shipped copies of classic LPs by the likes of the Beatles, the Sex Pistols and Pink Floyd.
via The Old Vinyl Factory Powerhouse building, in Blyth Road, Hayes, transformed by street artists for the Converse Wall of Clash. – Get West London.
“We live in Budapest, Hungary. The project was made in the 8th district, in an area of suspicoius reconstructions. Beautiful old buildings are demolished for replacing them with new ugly buildings made of cheap and bad materials. The idea was to create a memorial painting of a demolished building.
Nefelejcs – YouTube.
Fantastic article, read the entire piece here. This is a great model for inspiring change, Carol Ott and the artists are heroes in our book.
Baltimore artists have painted murals on 17 vacant buildings, including the house shown. Blogger Carol Ott, who advised them, faces vandalism suits. Jonathan Hanson for The Wall Street Journal
Since early 2009, Carol Ott has run a website called Baltimore Slumlord Watch. On an almost daily basis, she posts photographs of boarded-up or dilapidated buildings and the names and addresses of owners she identifies through public records.
Last month, Ms. Ott was sued for her role in a recent project in which artists painted murals on 17 vacant buildings in the city. Two civil lawsuits filed in state court in Baltimore allege the work was an act of vandalism at two properties and seek $5,000 to restore the buildings to their prior condition.
“We’re using these methods because nothing else has been working,” said the street artist who organized the project with $12,000 from an anonymous donor and goes by the name Nether. He counted it as a victory that one of the 17 properties has since been demolished.
via Foes of Urban Blight Take Aim at Landlords – WSJ.com.
We will never stop singing the praises of Colossal. Especially because they feature such great works of art daily!
“I wanted to draw attention to how they and many other species become a victim of hunting and pollution,” says ROA, referring to a piece he did in Sweden of a narwhal caught in a fishing line. Indeed, ROA’s works are often accompanied by an environmental narrative that highlights the ruthless, man-made world animals are forced to live in.
via New Environmental Street Art by ROA | Colossal.
Colossal always brings game to finding the best artists and then posts the most beautiful pictures. Mr. Thoms art came to them via Collater. We don’t care how, we are just happy he’s here.
In recent months Thoms has painted everywhere and everything, transforming facades enormous character , using every feature and three-dimensionality of objects and buildings to bend and engage his imagination, playing with crevices and irregularities, shaping the forms needless was playing with clay.
via Mr. Thoms – The character design deventa street art | Collateral.
Creative Review has a phenomenal story on a night club transformation called Les Bains. This building was originally a municipal bathhouse built in 1885 located in Paris.
From January this year, 50 renowned street artists have had the run of the building, turning it into a 3,000 square meter gallery, albeit one that is inaccessible to the public. Marois and gallery owner Magda Danysz invited artists including Futura, Space Invader and Sambre to use material drawn from the building – electricity, ripped-up floorboards, rubble and spray paint – to capture its former energy.
via Creative Review – Derelict nightclub reborn as secret street art gallery.