If you love street art, you probably will remember oakoak, France based artist who creates playful and witty interventions on walls, streets, and sidewalks based a keen sense of observation. Smartly taking advantage of cracks and crumbling infrastructure, his creation interact with their surrounds in unexpected ways. When asked why oakoak created these street art, he said “Since I come from Saint Etienne, an old industrial city which is now in re-conversion, I have the need to make my city less “grey” and at the same time, funnier.” Hence he walks a lot every day to find new attractive places with urban elements such as broken walls. Then he measures it, prepare drafts at home then comes back to make the collage. If you like oakoak’s work, you can check our previous post about him or visit his facebook page.
Mannheim, Germany-based street art duo known as Zebrating have been creating those hidden street art on railings in public spaces. Different from the normal street art, these elusive graffiti work can only be seen from certain angles. Despite being out in the open for anyone to take notice of their work, it’s quite easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. For the same reason, if you do find it, it certainly is a hidden treasure which offers a pleasant surprise for viewers. So make sure to keep your eyes open and take in your environment, maybe some hidden art like these are waiting for you to discover.
Born Peter Gibson, the street artist chose his nickname “Roadsworth” as he states, “Where Wordsworth is a poet of words, Roadsworth is a poet of roads.” Roadsworth began painting the streets of Montreal in the fall of 2001. Initially motivated by a desire for more bike paths in the city and a questioning of “car culture” in general. The artist has cleverly modified roads, sidewalks, parking lots and any other publicly visible asphalt surface he can transform with paint. In the fall of 2004, Roadsworth was arrested for his nocturnal activities and charged with 53 counts of mischief. Luckily, due to strong public support, Roadsworth was released. If you want to learn more about his work, take a look at his website.
German artist duo Zonenkinder created The Tree Project in 2006, in which they transform trees which are about to rot into work of art. The artists travel around the world like in France, Germany and Denmark, finding new ways to create art through these inanimate objects. Once they find an inspiring blank canvas, they use biodegradable products to paint eyes, noses, and mouths across the surface of the wood, visually bringing new life to the hidden personalities of each tree. These various cute, playful, and grumpy tree faces, visually bringing new life to the hidden personalities of each tree and perfectly demonstrates the idea of this project “trees are exceptional and beautiful living individuals and we should emphasize our connection with nature.” [source]