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Reka’s New Murals @ Melbourne Polytechnic

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Back in Australia after couple of years, Reka is enjoying summer in his homeland but also, working on some new murals down under – he spent the beginning of the year participating in a mural program by Melbourne Polytechnic, which included a massive makeover of their Prahran campus.

For this project, Reka picked Aussie-oriented imagery, creating 2 large bird-focused pieces. Depicting the infamous Kookaburra and Rosella birds, symbols of Australian fauna, these large paintings are slightly less abstract than his recent works we’ve seen. Wrapping them both in rich floral compositions, the artist picked the earthy tones from the outback to create these works. Using signature geo-based forms to patch up the final images, both 5 story pieces are great examples of Reka’s flawless spray-paint maneuvering skills. Along with these pieces, the project produced new works by other Australian urban artists such as Makatron and Cam Scale, Sofles, Guido Van Helten, George Rose, etc.

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Heerlen Murals – Photo Round-up – Henrik Haven

Henrik Haven has been kind enough to share his coverage of Heerlen Murals, which has been organising a wide range of interventions, murals and activities from August to December 2016 in and around the centre of Heerlen, Netherlands.

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This year’s theme is called “There’s more than meets the eye” and it deals with the diversity and the ‘do-it-yourself’ mentality of the artform. The artist were challenged to produce work that have either a worldly or local context.

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The Hard Rock Stadium murals

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After turning Wynwood into a worldwide street art phenomenon, Goldman Global Arts recently wrapped up the first leg of another big project they are working on @ The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Bringing urban art to a new spaces, and giving artists the chance to share their work with a new audience, 18 new murals were created during the last couple of months while the stadium was re branded into a global entertainment venue.

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Nuart 2016 Video Recap

Nuart team just released a nice video recap presenting what this year’s edition was all about. Showcasing the new murals, Post-Street Art indoor exhibition, as well as conferences, debates and behind the scene footage, it’s a nice reminder for those that attended the event and even better invitation for those that wanna visit the festival next year.

The video was shot and produced by Doug Gillen at Fifth Wall TV and features works by Add Fuel (PT), Axel Void (ES), Eron (IT), Evol (DE), Fintan Magee (AU), Henrik Uldalen (NO), Hyuro (AR), Jaune (BE), Jeff Gillette (US), KennardPhillipps (UK), MTO (FR), Nipper (NO), Robert Montgomery (UK) and SpY (ES).

DotDotDot Paints “Analogram” in Kristiansand, Norway

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Couple of weeks ago DotDotDot was in Kristiansand, Norway, painting new large mural for KRS Gadekunstlaug. The fresh piece titled “Analogram” is a great example of using unusual structure to create almost sculptural piece of public art.

Working on a large curved wall, the Norwegian artist saw an opportunity to use it’s peculiar shape and form to accent the image, so he painted this effective piece depicting an analog film frame with hand gesture for excellence. The image is artist’s commentary on the ways that social media keeps putting the pressure on creative work. Though powerful and effective tool in general, DotDotDot believes it shifted the focus from quality to quantity, with speed of producing becoming an important parameter. Mixing the vintage technology of analog film with universal sign of approval or excellence (instead of popular “like” symbol), “Analogram” is sort of a tribute to the “good ol days”, which is further underlined by golden background.

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Add Fuel Paints New Mural for Muraliza in Cascais, Portugal

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Diogo Machado aka Add Fuel recently took part in Muraliza 2016 festival held in Torre neighborhood of Cascais, Portugal. Using his stencil style based on traditional “azulejo” ceramic, the work by Portuguese artist aims to bring past local traditions and culture to the present.
Built in the 1960’s, Torre was originally designed as a suburb to relocate fishermen and their families that inhabited the center of the village. With only 30ish buildings, these families still reside in the area and the artist decided to paint a tribute to their tradition. The mural titled “Avarina” is dedicated to the “varinas”, wives of the local fishermen that were selling fresh fish brought home by their husbands. It turned out that the actual building he was painting on was the exact spot where local “varina” Helene was selling fish few decades ago. (Photo by Miguel Oliveira)

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Smates Paints “A Flamenco in Kyiv” For ArtUnitedUs

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The ongoing mural project Art United Us recently produced some fresh new public works in Ukrainian capital. One of them is this vibrant piece by Belgian artist Smates, titled “A Flamenco in Kyiv”.
Depicting a pink flamenco bird submerging under water and creating a splash with his image, the mural continues Smates’ series of work that play with underwater effect and hyper-realism. Placed on a wall that used to host billboard advertisements, this work is anexample of what this festival is trying to achieve – battle the abundance of adds in public space by creating fresh work by world’s leading urban and street artists. Along with that the idea of the festival is to raise public awareness and attention to the problem of war, aggression and violence worldwide. With this in mind, the organizers and curators Geo Leros, Iryna Kanishcheva, Waone Interesni Kazki and Ilya Sagaidak are aiming to produce 200 walls over a period of 2 years, starting from Kiev and around the world.

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Designed on Surface Project by Microsoft Surface

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With street art and mural making becoming a pop culture phenomenon, lots of commercial projects around the world are including these kind of works into their agendas. One of the bigger recent ones was was “Designed on Surface” by Microsoft. Developed in partnership with Jasper Wong, the co-founder of POW! WOW!, this massive campaign included 17 cities in 12 countries.

Melbourne, Sydney, Brussels, Hong Kong, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Tokyo, Shibuya, Lisbon, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Madrid, Taipei, Austin, New York, and Long Beach were the places where local artists created new murals over the course of 5 weeks. Using the motto “Do Great Things” as an inspiration, and Microsoft Surface devices as a work tool, the idea was to promote inspiration and creativity by mixing art & technology. Along with mutual message each mural has a blue border and features different imagery that artists find inspirational – people, places, things and symbols. The list of featured artists include Persue, Odeith, Wonderlust, Frankie Cihi, Ink and Clog, Jasper Wong, and many more.

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“Let the good times roll” by Johan Moorman in Heerlen, NL

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Hard working people from HeerlenMurals project in The Netherlands had another successful year in 2015. After new interventions and murals by 1010, Dourone, Felipe Pantone, Millo, etc, they recently wrapped up a fresh new piece by Johan Moorman from Eindhoven.

The mural is inspired by the mining history of the region, the heavy industry and it’s monotone architecture. The building that Moorman worked on is from the 60’s, and has many rims and edges, glass and pebble, which made it challenging to work. But, the artist got around to wrapping those elements with his graphic imagery, creating a cartoon like retro-futuristic setting. Using limited color palette and basic patterns, the finished mural plays with perspective while utilizing the given architectural elements as essential part of the work. Along with bright colors, the artist thought the people could use more uplifting elements so he added the text ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ to complete the piece.

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POW! WOW! Japan Recap

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From an old warehouse in industrial district of Honolulu to the streets of Tokyo, POW! WOW! festival has surely gone long way in its 5 years long history. After organizing POW! WOW! Taiwan last year, their Asia tour this year also included the first ever POW! WOW! Japan event.
Through a weeklong event from Oct. 17th, this edition surely set new limits for the organizers. Artists from across the globe and Japan assembled in Tokyo for an unique opportunity to create and show their work in one of the world’s most unique cities. Through live art events, installations and musical performances, POW! WOW! Japan produced over a dozen murals within one-block radius in the Tennozu area, as well as opened exhibitions and events in Shibuya and Harajuku. Mostly inspired by the local traditions and folklore, the public works include a massive Sumo themed mural by Case Maclaim, as well as smaller pieces and interventions by both international and local artists such as Dave Kinsey, Fafi, Kamea Hadar, Takizo, Bakibaki Mon, Cook, Yayshogo, Luise Ono, etc. After Japan the tour continues in Taiwan, so stay tuned for recap of that event.

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