Knowledge Speaks – Wisdom Listens, Street Art In Athens, Greece
by Šarūnė Mac
Look around you. The world is full of empty canvases. Everywhere you turn are empty walls where beautiful pieces of art could be, but often these spaces are overlooked in favor of boring blank nothingness.
But fortunately for us there are artists out there who are determined to transform our world into the vibrant public art gallery that it deserves to be.
Take a look at these before and after pictures of spectacular street art to see what we mean.
Compiled by Bored Panda, the gallery serves to remind us of what our towns and cities could look like if only we used our imagination.
Fresh work by Ledo, En Masse, Miss Me & Waxhead. Photos by Lisa Sproull
Montreal is a street art paradise, with enormous talent, a collaborative spirit and a rising profile thanks in part to festivals like Under Pressure and Mural Fest.
While most artists enjoy the visibility that comes with finding a great spot, or the recognition from having their work disseminated online, sometimes artists just gotta create for art’s sake.
One such creative outpouring is going down right now in a secret location somewhere in the lower Plateau.
The three-level inner courtyard space has turned into a living gallery representing a who’s who of Montreal’s established and emerging street art community, including organizer TurtleCaps and 38 other participating artists such as En Masse, Starchild Stela, HoarKor, Kevin Ledo, Miss Me, Axe, Tava, X-Ray and MC Baldassari.
The project has been labelled Cabane à Sucre by organizer and NYC transplant TurtleCaps, in homage to a similar intervention called Surplus Candy that was conducted in his home city by NYC artist Hanksy — in that case, over 40 artists decked out a condemned East Village brownstone shortly before the whole structure was downed by the wrecking ball.
TurtleCaps suspects the Cabane à Sucres site will eventually meet a similar fate due to encroaching gentrification, and appreciates how the new collaboration is a way to bring the building back to life, if only briefly before its inevitable death.
Have you ever felt like the ground was pulled from under your feet? Well, if you ever have the chance to walk on these sidewalks you will not only feel but see how it is to suddenly run out of ground to stand on.
All over the world there are street artists who create such incredible illusions that will truly stop you in your tracks. And the best part is, that the artistic illusion can be appreciated only from a certain angle.
The themes are countless and endless, but perhaps the ones that leave the biggest impression are the large-scale chasms.
This imaginative way of showing you what could be under your feet is refreshing and for some even terrifying, but it is certainly a lovely way to shaken up your everyday routine.
World famous graffiti artist Inkie got the spray cans out during a visit to the Custard Factory in Birmingham to campaign for the upcoming City of Colours Street Art Festival.
Inkie is one of the most renowned UK graffiti artists to have emerged from the 1980s Bristol Scene – where he finished second in the 1989 World Street Art Championship painting – alongside 3D and Banksy.
From large murals to quirky canvases the City of Colours festival took place across a number of venues to show off what street art has to offer.