What is life without colour? Thanks to Street Art, cities are decorated with vibrant colours revealing how people can interact with urban environments. The streets are coming alive with murals that are open-air works of art.
For us at Blowhammer, the impressions colours evoke are a significant part of revealing the infinite possibilities of the universe. For this reason, we have listed our faves five murals of street artists experimenting with many techniques, colours and geometric shapes being a constant source of inspiration for our work.
1- Eduardo Kobra - Ziggy Stardust (2016) in Jersey City
Eduardo Kobra is a Brazilian artist, originally from Sao Paulo, with strong roots in American breakdance and hip-hop culture. His first murals appeared in Brazil in the 2000s, but success came in 2012 thanks to the Kiss mural in Times Square in New York, inspired by Alfred Eisenstaedt's photo, in which a soldier kisses his partner after the end of World War II. It gives a better idea of Kobra's work: we find the rays of colour and light, the vivid compositions and his taste for detail.
The most inspiring of Kobra's work is Ziggy Stardust, the famous fictional character created by David Bowie in the 1970s. The mural is on the wall of an eighteen floors building at 837 Jersey Avenues in Jersey City.
Among the 55 meters of height, Kobra paid tribute to Bowie's genius and talent to adapt and reinvent himself, constantly excelling.
2- Peeta - Draw the line (2016) in Campobasso
Manuel Di Rita, aka Peeta, is a Venetian street artist known for his anamorphic street art. He redesigns the dimensions of every type of surface involved. With his 3D graffiti made through colour gradients, he transforms static buildings into optical illusions producing a strong visual result, painting abstract art that seems to change. The idea is to eliminate preconceptions and incite the emergence of new perspectives.
Peeta's work has its roots in the “Draw the Line” urban redevelopment artistic project in Campobasso, Molise. The mural is on one of 6 roofs buildings in Via Liguria and is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The colours and designs draw the residents attention, giving the illusion to escape by the greyish concrete surrounding the neighbourhood.
3- Felipe Pantone “Pant” - Information Overload in an Organized Grid (2017) in Seoul
Felipe Pantone is an Argentinian street artist designing murals that look from an alternative universe, set on an endless 3D loop. The artist adopts the technological process necessary to develop his projects, bringing up holograms and computer screensavers, shifting with rainbow pixels contrasting with monochrome grids. This sort of glitch is also Pantone's trademark.
In Seoul - South Korea, the murals styles are gradients, shapes and irregular figures that can trace back to digital. The work intends to drive a debate on the amount of data and information present in cyberspace.
4- Mikael Brandrup “Kets” - Daydream (2017) in Copenhagen
Mikael Brandrup, also known as "Kets", is a Danish visual artist, graphic designer and entrepreneur who moved to the United States to build his career in the art world. The city and the street art of Los Angeles are his biggest source of inspiration. Over time it has developed a distinctive aesthetic and artistic identity, which combines complex graphic elements of wild-style graffiti, bold colours and graphic shapes.
In the Daydream mural, his whole artistic style pops up: graffiti, graphic design, geometric shapes and bold colours. Perfect for daydreaming and escaping from reality.
5- Oscar Okuda - The New Mona Lisa (2017) in Paris
Oscar Okuda is a Spanish artist influenced by: surrealist art, pop art, various trips he did, cinema and fashion. His works feature geometric and multicoloured prints that leave you speechless.
In Paris, he reinterprets the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci: a large mural on the facade of a 50 meters high building, The Mona Lisa, in a modern appearance including a pattern of geometric figures and a spread of psychedelic colours.
A colourful revolution rising from streets
Arts and Revolutions often arise in the streets, where the urban surroundings connect people and their voices craving for changes.
Street Art is open to everyone and it's so significant in our cities.