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“In Brooklyn, people did graffiti in the 1970s because they were suffering in society, they felt like they were on the bottom. In China, street art is more like a fashion, like a culture. I feel sad because I see the fashion overseas come to China, but the way people experience it is not the original way – something’s changed.”

DALeast in The Independent

 

DALeast is a street artist from China, currently living in Cape Town. Speaking in The Independent he makes a clear statement about the motivations of street artists in China today. I think you could extend this analogy to many examples of street art today.

Street art is definitely fashionable in the UK at the moment. I’m not saying it is necessarily all devoid of political statement, but DALeast’s statement about China seems relevant to me from my spot in Bristol UK.

That point aside, his work is really beautiful and some of the most original I’ve seen in a while – even if just through online documentation at this point!

 

 

Rochester NY

Rochester NY

Rochester NY

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Old Street, London

Old Street, London

 

Via Colossal and The Independent

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Vice provides me with light entertainment from time to time. The occasional “oh yeah did you see that thing on Vice…” conversation pieces, you know.

This could be one, if I could muster the courage to venture “So…you see that Anus hotel?”.

Until I do, I can share it on here –

 

CasaAnus-02

CasaAnus-01

 

Via Vice Uk

A great example of when things don’t go according to plan, but then something better happens as a result!

This is the story of the artist Janet Echelman, who arrived in India in the late 1990’s ready to embark on tour of the country giving painting exhibitions. However unfortunately for Janet, her all-important painting supplies that she had shipped ahead of time, never arrived.

As she wandered around the fishing village of Mahabalipuram, her attention was drawn to the quantity and variety of nets used by the local fishermen. From these observations came the idea to suspend and illuminate them, thus creating a new kind of sculpture.

Happy accident.

JanetEchelman2 Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman

1.26 at the Amsterdam Light Festival 2012

1.26 at the Amsterdam Light Festival 2012

 

Via http://www.thisiscolossal.com/

Water slide on Park Street anyone?

50m slide in ashton court bristol

50m slide in ashton court bristol

 

Luke Jerram specialises in interactive installations, and has plans to install a giant water slide on Park Street this summer.

Sounds great to me.

I’m not sure if I would be brave enough to have a go; I always wince when I see skinny jeans-with-a-man-inside flying down the hill on their skateboard.

Jerram spent some time at the tail end of 2013 testing slides in Ashton Court estate, as in the photo above.

I am a real fan of Luke’s work; in particular his project “Play Me, I’m Yours” from 2009. He placed pianos around the city centre to encourage public participation.

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A new work by artist Jamie Gillman will be unveiled this evening in Bristol, by the mayor George Ferguson.

A joint initiative between the Bearpit Improvement Group and PRSC in bristol, the new 12 ft bear sculpture called URSA will reinforce the idea of the bear pit as an outdoor gallery.

Short video of the making of URSA

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