Street Art

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I chose this piece because the strong message behind it as well as its unique location stood out to me. This piece is called No Future created by a Greek street artist named Ino. A lot of his work is of human bodies and faces that are representational with an abstract or cartoon like twist. I really enjoyed his work also since he puts his artwork all over the streets of the world, but mainly in his home country of Greece. I was drawn to his work since it is street art I think it’s something outside the box of traditional artwork and something anyone can go and see without spending the money to go to a museum or a gallery. I also really liked the specific piece even more after reading about the messages he was trying to portray in his piece. Also Ino uses the buildings or walls he’s creating his work on to his advantage because they give his artwork more meaning or character. He does this very well with the work No Future in which he painted the piece on a elementary school building in Athens, Greece. The piece features a monochromatic color scheme of black and white with two abstract children’s heads mashed together inside a balloon. The meaning behind this piece is to raise awareness about the impact of the depressed economic system of Greece. Ino brings light to the fact of these children working so hard in school only to be released into a jobless economy once they finish school. He emphasizes the sadness of the piece using a black and white color scheme as well as putting a very somber, hopeless look onto the children’s faces. Also the looks on the children’s faces seem to be very innocent as well, seeming to represent that they can’t make the economic changes and its up to the adults to step and up and fix the economic crisis for the future generation. He plays up the meaning behind this piece even more by placing it on a school building. This seems to create more impact and calls for a swift change of the economic crisis or else these children will suffer in the future by not being able to get jobs for themselves after working hard for their education. This piece reminds me of Picasso’s Guernica due to the black and white color scheme as well as the abstract style. These two pieces are also similar since they are both very large pieces as well as both being pieces that respond to serious issues of their time.

Would you like seeing street art like this in the streets of the United States?

Do you think street art is as important or beautiful as traditional artwork done on a canvas or something of the sort?

Do you think Ino seems to convey his message well through the piece No Future?

Kristi Ward


3D Street Painting

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For me art has never really been a part of me. I never really got interested in looking at art pieces or learning about it. Once I saw 3D street art on social media it got me intrigued. It is interesting how these artist can manipulate an image to make it look like it is popping out onto the street. Not only manipulating the image, but creating fun designs to make it interactive with the audience. This type of art is fun to look at and brings excitement to life when I look at it.

The image of the Terracotta Army by artist Leon Keer was created because of his inspiration behind one of China’s biggest tourist attractions. Not only did he bring a bit of history back into the streets, but made it more childish by making the soldiers Legos. I picked the image of the horse because I thought it showed beauty. The scenery behind the horse and all the detailed lines to show the muscles on the animal is impression. I also like the artist made it look like the horse is running towards you. I picked the other two images because I liked how fun and interactive they were.

Street painting had originated in Italy in the 16th Century. The artist that began to decorate the streets of Italy were called madonnari. These artists were known to travel and for painting religious pictures in the cities. They would use tools such as chalk, brick, charcoal, and colored stones. They began to seek recognition for their street paintings after World War II. The artist of street painting began to grow after the 19th century moving into London. Kurt Wenner was the first American Artist to join the Italian madonnari. Wenner had introduced Italian street painting to the United States once he came back from painting streets in Rome in 1982. He started the first street painting festival in 1986 called I Maddonari Masterpieces. Sense the I Maddonari Masterpieces festival street painting has grown exponentially with 50-100 Street painting festivals in the United States and this art form moving to other countries worldwide.

Kurt Wenner was the first artist to create anamorphic paintings in 1984. He did this by combining what he had learned about traditional street painting with his own understanding of illusions. He created the 3D street paintings by adjusting the geometry of the image to create a rise and fall illusion into the ground. He has also transitioned the traditional 3D art to be more interactive with his viewers. 3D art was a widespread artistic movement, which has become a global phenomenon.

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What do you like about this form of art?

How long do these paintings take to complete?

Has anyone seen 3D art in person? What was it like up close?

Jessica Sitton

It’s All in the Eye


The ground is opening up, flashes of lava, waves of water, is our world really coming to an end?! Certainly not, but one might think so when seeing this apocalyptic image. This is what anamorphic art does, it makes you look twice and think twice, maybe even more. There are many different types of anamorphic art out there, but the main idea of this is that it is an optical illusion to the eye. In order to view this type of art properly, it has to be seen from a certain perspective. If it isn’t, the image appears distorted and skewed. Most anamorphic street art is also created using chalk or paint, depending on whether the artist intends for it to be permanent or not. This is a piece that was composed by a German street artist that specializes in the technique anamorphosis, Edgar Mueller. This was created in recognition of the 30th annual International Street Painting Festival that was held in Geldern, Germany. It is know as “Lava Burst”.
Being an anamorphic street artists has its challenges, but it simply amazing how they are able to use their environment to their advantage. The way the entire street is used provides so much depth and really draws the viewer into the image. Look at the way they have drawn around the cars on the street and the placements of ground opening up. It follows all the way up to the actual buildings on either side, making this illusion look even more real. The use of bright red and orange colors help to intensify the illusion of lava as if it is really pouring out of the earth. This artist does an amazing job of incorporating texture within the rushing body of water that takes up the entire length of the street. Also, the dark colors and layers of rock walls where the lava is pouring out of helps to give the image true depth and blend in with the street. All of these techniques are what provide this artwork with a realistic effect. It’s amazing, complexly amazing.
I chose this piece because I have always had a fascination with street art, of any multitude. There is something about it that has always drawn my interest. Whether it be unplanned graffiti or a well thought out mural, there is always a story behind it that personally connects itself to the artist who created it. It’s just inspiring, simply inspiring. The fact that it is art composed in the streets helps to provide me with just a small sense of how big our world really is and the true creativity that is revealed when people use our world as a surface for art. Street art in my mind, shows a different perspective of what art and reality really have to offer. What I love about this piece is its structural uniqueness. This artwork’s structure IS the street it is created on. The placement of the image within this environment as well as its enormous scale are so absorbing that it lures the viewer all the way to the very end of the street. Its beautiful details incorporated along the way. This is a stunning example and just a small piece of what can be found within the streets we live in.
1. How long do you think it actually took street artist, Edgar Mueller to complete this work of art?
2. How is the street prepped in order for the artist to paint on top of its surface?
3. How do artists know they are creating these optical illusions properly using only the one specific perspective?

The process of “Lava Burst”

Edgar Mueller Art

Amber Cooke

MUTO and other art of Blu

When I first saw this video years ago I remember the anticipation of wanting to see what the next step would be and if there was a plot to this sequence of scenes. I was amazed by the sheer scale of an art project like this and how it could be accomplished by one artist and an assistant. The artist in question is an Italian street artist who goes only by the name Blu. He has been an active street artist who travels to various cities around the world painting large images to be used in stop motion street art. This work of art is entitled MUTO, and was filmed in Buenos Aires. He uses images of human forms mixed with abstract thought to create an odd sort of narrative. Besides using his images to create moving works of art he is also an accomplished sketch artist. Watching his art in motion makes it seems as if the paintings actually move on their own. At one point in the in the video a small human-like creature crawls past a piece of metal and it moves out of the way. When witnessing this for the first time it is easy to mistake the 2-dimensional image as a solid form that makes its way across the walls. What I like most about this work of art is just how unpredictable it is. Every new scene has a different character which quickly changes into something else, rarely having any sort of relation with the previous one. Street art has always interested me for the reason that most people are only okay with it if they personally like it. Some types of graffiti are considered art while others are just seen as vandalism even when the artist is still trying to express themselves. When I traveled to Vienna a few years ago the graffiti that is up along the canals of the city is incredible. Rather than most graffiti that I see around here is was not removed and played out like one long mural running along the canal. The type of street art that Blu mainly paints is not anything spur of the moment or simple. These paintings take days to complete and to film and edit it all correctly takes a lot of work and planning. The music is also an important element of this work of art as it helps the viewer follow the story and adds sound effects as well. If I were to be a part of a project like this it would an incredible experience.

How long did this project take exactly?

Was the entire work scripted or did Blu just paint as he went along?

What sort of legal trouble could this lead to?

Thom Lund

Art or Vandalism


When you hear about spray paint you automatically you think graffiti, yes most people do but there are artist that can create a great work of art manipulating the paint as it is still wet. I was instantly intrigued at one of the stories on how this form of art first came to life. Back in the 1980’s in Mexico City, Ruben “sadot” Fernandez painted in front of his studio as an experiment. He later moved to “La Zona Rosa” and began attracting more people. Other people followed in his footsteps with aerosol spray paint art. I love that he experimented first to see the reaction and his experiment was a success and it is still around today. The paintings that these artists do to someone like me that knew nothing about the process my fist thought is there is no way this is going to be a good piece and to my surprise it is amazing. There is technique to it they can use several tools like spatula, newspaper, cardboards, pencils even fire etc all to create the detail. They start off with lighter spray paints and move on to darker. They seem to just spray the surface they are painting on but their technique is just that natural to them. They have to be precise and if they mess up they need to start all over, they have different layers and textures in one piece. I think spray paint art is amazing when it is art. On the contrary spray painting can be also be vandalism, destruction of property, now that I don’t particularly care for. In different parts of the city we can all see graffiti or “tagging” in slang, most of it is done with bad intensions. They take what is an absolute amazing art and turn it around and make it a nightmare for the persons/business property they are vandalizing.

Do you consider spray painting an art or vandalism?

Have you ever seen a person spray paint an art piece in front of you

Is there a piece that you were amazed by?



Maria Benitez

Truck Art

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What do you normally expect a truck in North America to look like? Mostly white with the name and logo of the company they are owned by. The most colorful truck I have seen in America so far is the Jewel Osco truck that has the pictures of the produce on it. In contrast to American trucks, trucks in Pakistan are extremely fancy, very well decorated and painted with all the colors you can imagine. Its not like all trucks in Pakistan are fancy only the trucks that are used to transport crops and farming products are like that. The owners of these trucks are usually poor. Their monthly income is approximately $200 with which they have to feed the family and pay their bills but still manage to decorate their trucks. The pictures above show the differences between the appearances of the trucks in America and Pakistan.

Truck Art can fall into many categories; Street Art, Moving Art and Jingle art. I love street art, it is usually very colorful, funny and has a message from the artist that depicts his/her beliefs. Trucks are the best way for poor people to share their ideas and beliefs in Pakistan. It is like a social networking site. They just don’t randomly paint or decorate their trucks. Their trucks show their personal, political and religious view. They paint poetry for their wife, mom or even for public in general. The poetry sometimes is very funny. I used to purposely drive slow just to read the poetry on the trucks, it is so entertaining. They also paint pictures of their children, political leaders or favorite actors or actresses, holy Kabah and holy mosque etc.

This is a line from a poem written on a truck: “Haaran ahista bajain kaum so rahi hai”

Translation: Don’t honk, the nation is sleeping.

The owner of this truck was probably tired of the political instability and the reaction of the people towards the unfair treatment by some unfair leaders. This was intended to sound funy but it has a serious message for the people in Pakistan, which is wake up and fight for your rights. Some people could also take it as revolutionizing.

I chose “Truck Art” for three main reasons. The most important one is, I never let go a chance to show how wonderful Pakistan is and how creative the people are. Second, one thing that I really appreciate about art is the way people can express their feelings, views, thoughts, and beliefs using their own unique way. Third, I love street art, I enjoy seeing all these colorful vehicles and reading funny and sometimes inspirational quotes on them.

  • Should the drivers paint their trucks with such a low income? Would you consider it waste of money?
  • What do you feel about sharing your personal views that openly?
  • Do you think poetry on the Trucks or on street art in general could have revolutionizing affects on the population?

Mahnoor Cheema

La Femme Gris

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So this past April I went to Paris to run a marathon and visit some family. Some of you may have seen pictures from the streets of Paris; there is artwork in just about everything. There are also many grand water fountains in some of the bigger square around Paris. I had stopped in an area known as Le Fountaine Saint-Michel which gained fame during the French Revolution.  As I walked around taking in the sights and sounds I happened upon a drinking fountain that looked out of the ordinary.

The odd shape was the first thing that caught my eye and the grating at the base gave away the fact that it was a drinking fountain but not an ordinary one. The curves at the base swept up toward the spout and the curves above the spout were all parallel to the ground, so at first glance I thought it was a corkscrew type of shape. The color is flat grey and closely matches the ground. As I went around the fountain, the actual outline appeared, it was a woman with a spout of water coming from her extended hand. As the outline sweeps around it transforms from what looks to be a woman just standing in a square people watching, to someone offering every passerby a fresh drink of water. The lines around the top are the portrait of a face which seems to be looking back and forth at the people walking around and meeting, taking pictures, or just sightseeing. I know nothing about the artist and I wish I had taken a picture of the other profile so that I could show the shape change more completely.

The thing I liked the most was, that in a city brimming with classical forms of art and a famous fountain just across the street this modern piece seemed stand out even though it blended in with the surrounding sidewalk. It offered up a drink to all without question as to who they are, where they are from, what their beliefs or politics are, what their gender or age is, as Paris is full of tourist from all over the world. I know nothing of the artist nor have I seen any pieces in class that are similar to this one. There was nothing about this piece that I did not like but, there was a trash bin just a few meters away from it that did distract the eye, but that is typical of Paris.

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  • Why the color grey?
  • Is the way the spout rises up from the main body a symbol of offering.
  • Why just a 90 degree rotation?

John Lopez