street art

Art Historical Figures as Unexpected Street Art Collages Around the World

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Artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca transports art historical figures to modern-day settings, pasting them to brick walls and urban corners to create an unexpected street-art collage. He chooses to wheatpaste the figures in the same cities as the museums they hail from. And to complete his vision, he invites viewers to take photos of the ancient subjects and “free” them into the world.
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10 Transformational Billboard Installation Artworks

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From cave art to billboards, we’ve been using a wall to convey messages to one another since the beginning of time. The modern-day billboard was an invention of advertising, taking the posters and prints announcing goods and services out of the lithography studio and hoisting them into the sky.
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10 Striking Works of Larger-Than-Life Street Art

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Artists are finding new and exciting ways to capture our imaginations thanks to the proliferation of street art around the world. Street art engages the public, public space, multimedia concepts, and can indulge in the boundarylessness of the city streets, sprawling just as the architecture of the urban jungle does. These street artists show how the art form is growing, not only in popularity and acceptance, but also in size. After spotting a new piece from French street artist JR that made the cover of the New York Times Magazine (featured, below), we explored other large-scale street art works that use painting, installation, performance, and sculpture to play with scale and perception.
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The Best Graffiti in Cinema

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For a month last summer, New Yorkers were absolutely consumed with all things Banksy. The acclaimed British street artist had come to NYC for a citywide “residency,” and his works popped up all over the city. HBO’s new user-generated documentary, Banksy Does New York (airing tonight at 9pm), recounts those halcyon days of stencils, street art, and secret identities. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to graffiti on film. We’ve rounded up seven more movies to check out, that will ensure you get your street-art fix.
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Water Gets a Street Art Makeover

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Perrier® sparkling natural mineral water has a long history of collaborating with renowned artists, from Warhol to Dali, and now it has turned to three internationally acclaimed street artists to re-imagine their iconic green water bottles and cans. JonOne (NYC/Paris), enhanced the glass bottle with bold, abstract designs; Sasu (Tokyo) adorned the plastic bottle with colorful geometrics; while Kobra (São Paulo) enriched the slim can with dynamic patterns. Check out all the #StreetArtbyPerrier bottles now, for a limited time. Which is your fave?

Check out behind-the-scenes video from the three artists, as well as some pics of their other work, to get an idea of the talent behind these exciting, limited-edition looks.
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Playful GIFs of Iconic Banksy Artworks

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Banksy’s lauded (and controversial) New York residency has come to an end, but you can enjoy the British graffiti artist’s work in endlessly animated form thanks to these GIFs from artist ABVH — which we spotted on Beautiful Decay. Several of Banksy’s iconic pieces have been given new life — and the looping format really suits the street artist’s absurdist imagery. Find a new appreciation for Banksy with these playful, animated artworks in our gallery.
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Surreal Snapshots of Anamorphic Graffiti in Abandoned Spaces

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Fanette Guilloud‘s anamorphic graffiti, first spotted on Scene 360, is the ultimate optical illusion. A Penrose triangle and other graphic shapes appear to be floating in abandoned spaces, adding to their surreality, but the cleverly photographed images weren’t created with Photoshop. Using old-fashioned perspective and simple paint, Guilloud’s installations are a creative sleight of hand maneuver. Take a closer look in our gallery.
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Charming Photos of People Interacting with Street Art

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Street art is an evolving art form. At its best, it promotes interaction between people and public spaces. French artist Julien Coquentin, who we discovered on Design Taxi, takes that concept to heart. His playful photo series Please Draw Me a Wall finds people engaging with different artworks along the city streets, blending painted worlds with reality. Coquentin doesn’t indicate the origin of his images, but we’re guessing it could be Paris since the French capital has a very active scene. We’re especially charmed by the snapshots of a little girl staring at different murals with wonder. Take a closer look, below.
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