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Roadsworth is a street artist based in Montreal who literally turns the street into his canvas with pieces that are awesome in scale, cleverness, and playful creativity.
“Though born Peter Gibson, he chose the name Roadsworth because, as he states, ‘Where Wordsworth is a poet of words, Roadsworth is a poet of roads.’
Though he started painting on the streets as a form of activism (for more bike paths), his motivation later evolved into a more personal one. It became his alternative form of expression, a creative outlet if you will. Currently his works all have an aspect of protest in them, a way for Roadsworth to comment on today’s social issues or, as he says, “simply protest against the mundaneness of the urban landscape.”
Visit Roadsworth’s website to view more of his artwork.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Seattle-based artist Diem Chau (previously featured here) shared her most recent creation, an awesomely tiny Maneki Neko and tower of coins carved from crayons. The tiny fortune cat is part of an exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum entitled Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats – From Talisman to Pop Icon:
“Since the Edo period (1603 - 1868) a fabricated cat with a paw upraised in the Japanese gesture of beckoning has been considered a good luck charm, drawing good fortune to individuals and businesses. This exhibition highlights a unique selection of more than 150 cats collected by maneki neko aficionado Billie Moffitt, as well as interpretations of this tradition by renowned contemporary artists. Whether carved in wood or stone, sculpted in clay or formed in papier mâché, these alluring and enigmatically artful felines express aspects both of historic Japanese lore and contemporary pop culture.”
Artist Chelsea Bloxsom, who goes by the name Love & a Sandwich on DeviantART, makes these awesome Adventure Time embroidery pieces. She and her sister have also been known to dress up as Fiona and Cake, which is icing on an already awesome cake.
One way to paint a child’s face or a pair of birds or four crosses or a skull.
Tomorrow’s interview is with Mohsin Hamid, the author of How to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia. The business that Hamid’s main character in the novel finally makes his money in is … (you guessed it if you watched the video above) … water. Bottled water, however, in this case. A sneak peak at what Hamid has to say on the subject of water:
Water-born illness is everywhere. It affects the poor and it also affects the affluent in a place like affluent in a place like Pakistan. … Basically you get it either from drinking water, brushing your teeth with tap water or perhaps somebody prepared your food and they had washed their hands in that water or touched the water or handed washed their hands at all. The mode of transmission is what’s called oral-fecal and that sort of unsavory term really sums up how you get it.
We love it when street artists get really thoughtful about choosing the locations and placement of their work. This spectacular piece was created by Nuxuno Xän on a wall in Fort De France, Martinique. A tree growing up behind the wall playfully completes the mural by serving as most of the hairdo belonging to the suave person painted on the wall itself, who appears to know just how awesome his hair is.
Photo by Pedro Filipe
The cardboard transformer stands nearly 10 feet tall. We feel safer just looking at him. At the very least, Paul’s backyard is sure to be safe from the villainous Decepticons. So let’s all head over there at the first sign of trouble.
[via Obvious Winner]
Toronto-based collective Cube Works Studio have made a name for themselves using Rubik’s cubes to create inspiring works of art. “In the past few years, the small Toronto-based collaborative set two unique Guinness World Records by creating the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube mosaics, first The Last Supper (+4,000 cubes) in 2010 and then The Hand of God (+12,000 cubes) in 2011.”
That’s very impressive, but Cube Works Studio just broke all their old records with the construction of an awesome new mural, the Macau Mural, which measures over 13 feet high and 200 feet wide. The collective used an amazing 85,794 Rubik’s Cubes to create a mural depicting the skyline of Macau, China that was installated at the Macau waterfront.
Creative Director Josh Chalom says, “Our works are meant to inspire, unite and invoke a sense of nostalgia by using common, tangible objects and methods to create impressive and entertaining works of art that can be appreciated and enjoyed by all.”
[via My Modern Metropolis]