Picture of the day: Let the East Side Gallery live!

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Have you heard? An urbanistic plan is considering to take down part of the East Side Gallery, one of the main touristic attractions in Berlin and, let me say, one of the prettiest. It’s actually a part of the Berlin wall that has been transformed into a giantic piece of street art that is worth a couple of visits if you’re in town.

If you want to know more about it, read this article I recently wrote talking about this topic. Regarding the picture, I took it a couple of years ago, can’t wait to go back to Berlin !

Street Art: Hense and its church graffiti

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Hense is an Atlanta-based street artist with a particular gift at transforming urban spaces into colourful installations.  A great example is this church in Washington DC that Hense has transformed into a huge graffiti. It seems a new life has come to this iconic building, giving it a different meaning, and becoming somehow less a praying space but a social space.

Un antigua iglesia completamente cubierta en Graffiti © Hense

Un antigua iglesia completamente cubierta en Graffiti © Hense

Mathematic Street Art: Aakash Nihalani

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I have to admit that I’ve never been a maths person. In fact I pretty much hated it until I came across the work of Aakash Nihalani. His clever street art will lead more than one mathematic-sceptic to actually think there’s something creative in the bottom of this science.

Sum Times: Clever Mathematical Street Art from Aakash Nihalani windows street art math doors

Sum Times: Clever Mathematical Street Art from Aakash Nihalani windows street art math doors

Sum Times: Clever Mathematical Street Art from Aakash Nihalani windows street art math doors

If you’re in New York you can visit an exposition of this artist at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.

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Travel: The Heidelberg project

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In Detroit they have been doing for years an outdoor community art environment project called “The Heidelberg Project“. I am not sure why this project got the name of a famous german city, but the truth is that this project has been creating pieces of art since 1986. They use recycled materials and found objects from the streets of the city.

The aim of the project is to tell a different story with each piece, foucsing on current issues of the Detroit’s society. It wants the observer to think if it’s either art or garbage, playing with the sensible line that is usually between them.


Either way I find it a very interesting project, not only to conscienciate about recycling, but also as a “must-do” thing while visiting this city, which I am sure is not on most bucket’s list…

The Heidelberg Project, Detroit

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More on the Heidelberg Project website.

♥ Tourism : Swiss Geometrical Street Art

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Today I ♥ small villages that want to attract visitors with creative ideas. This is the case of Vercorin in Switzerland. Each year they invite artists to create works during the summer that interact with the village itself. In 2010, Lang/Baumann created this geometrical painting across the village which, according to the inhabitants of the village “create spaces for dialogues in synch with our times.” Again, one more thing to add to my bucket list!

 

 

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Top 5 street art in Melbourne

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Melbourne is such an interesting city. Some might say that it has a european style. Well, in some way it does; big streets, lots of cafes, etc. However, street art is not really encouraged in Europe, even if we can actually find it almost everywhere and some of the most famous artists are from our old land. In Melbourne this is a whole new story.

They have lots of lanes with amazing pieces of street art, and they have even create a touristic tour to see the most important ones. This is this thing about street art that you never know when the piece is going to disappear and be replaced by a new one. Due to this ephemerity I couldn’t resist taking a hundred pictures of all this explosion of colour and imagination.

Here you have my top 5.

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There are a lot of other lanes in Melbourne, but the one where I took this picture is called Hosier Lane.

 

Happy New Year with Street Art

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I would like to start this 2012 with something fun. What is better than street art? At least to me, this is a perfect way to freshly begin a new year. Street art always keeps my attention, it is so creative and can be expressed in so many different ways !

It’s difficult to choose a favourite, but I guess my choice would be all the pieces where an already built thing is used (traffic sign, tree) and with the new design it is converted into something completely different. And yours ?

Anyway, happy new year to everybody !

 

 

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