Parisian street artist Christian Guemy- better known as C215 and often referred to as France’s response to Banksy – has left a trail of art pieces inspired by the ghost of Caravaggio on pillar boxes. Pictured is his Medusa in Valletta.
Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi.
A painting by Parisian street artist Christian Guemy, better known as C215, decorates a post box in Valletta.
Kabul’s only female graffiti artist not only has to avoid bombings and landmines to bring her pioneering work to the city’s walls, but she regularly receives abuse from passers-by.
Yet Shamsia Hassani’s determination to continue developing the art form across a city in turmoil, as well as campaign for women’s rights, has resulted in her being nominated for a prize in London this week.
“It is difficult-to-impossible to continue with street art in Kabul, but I’m not put off by the risk,” she said. “As a woman it’s difficult to be out on the street by myself.
Women often get harassed and it’s not very comfortable.”
Hassani, 26, is in the running for the Artraker Award, which seeks to support artists working in conflict zones or whose works deals with issues of conflict. She hopes the nomination will widen her audience.
“I can share my ideas and explain about the situation my country’s in.”
Scudder’s American Museum, in the former NYC poor house (via NYPL)
One of the first museums to draw the crowds in Manhattan was Scudder’s American Museum, which ran from 1810 to 1841.
First lodged in the city’s former almshouse, it was started by John Scudder with the acquisition of some smaller museum collections, including the Baker’s American Museum.
Eventually it relocated to a five-story building at Broadway and Ann Street, where patrons could pay a small price to see an 18-foot live snake, taxidermy dioramas, a two-headed lamb, magic lantern slides, bed sheets from Mary, Queen of Scots, and some macabre curios like a wax figure cut by a guillotine.
It was even open until 9 pm, to wander by candlelight.
As P. T. Barnum wrote in 1869: “People in all parts of the country had sent in relics and rare curiosities; sea captains, for years, had brought and deposited strange things from foreign lands; and besides all these gifts, I have no doubt that the previous proprietor had actually expended, as was stated, $50,000 in making the collection.”
In fact, Barnum was so impressed with the museum, he decided to buy it and transform it into the greatest spectacle the city had known.
Have you ever had a dream about flying? Or are you more a walking down the street naked kind of person?
We try not to encourage public nudity, but if you’d like to fulfill your dream of having wings, then there is a way you can.
Street artist Colette Miller believes that humanity craves beauty and she wants to bring it to them in her own medium. What she came up with was a street art phenomenon called Wings.
The pieces usually stand around three metres high are vibrantly coloured and located in places you won’t expect. Rather than putting them in a museum, she uses the wings to spruce up dull corporate facades.
They act as a sign of fearlessness and imagination in the concrete jungle.