There are two types of street art illusions. That which uses the blank spaces provided by our buildings and urban structures as canvases upon which to paint, and that which incorporate the features of our environment in new art works. Portuguese graffiti artist Artur Bordalo (aka “Bordala 2”) is an example of the latter. His mural-like work graces the highways and byways of Lisbon where he converts the humdrum into the extraordinary, exciting art sites that invite observers to view things a little bit differently…
As technologies go, the Apple iPhone is destined to become a design classic. User friendly and intuitive, it is the “go to” device for many, many mobile phone geeks. It attracts legions of loyal fans the world over, all no doubt eager not only to buy a new iPhone, but desperate to acquire the latest iPhone design on release. Models come and go, and no doubt many more are to come, and so the original iPhone design evolves, and the first ever iPhone launch seems a distant memory.
Canada might be huge in terms of land mass, but when you compare the global success of Canada’s creative industries to the country’s population, it becomes apparent that they are punching well above their weight. The Canadian graphic design scene is a particularly good example of their achievements in recent times. From Ontario to British Columbia, Quebec to Alberta, Canada is home to some of the world’s best graphic designers and illustrators who are setting the standard for designers across the world.
Three South Korean contemporary artists, Hae-Ryun Jeong, Chung-Ki Park and Ail Hwang have collaborated on a project that is sure to bring a fresh perspective to how we view an essential element of infrastructure in our towns and cities; the pylon. As part of the Art Project of the European Capital of Culture exhibition of 2010, they produced what they describe as a “lighthouse”, consisting of coloured acrylic sheets… and an electricity pylon. The effect is stunning. From every angle the tower’s multicoloured panels emit a translucent light that is reminiscent of the stained glass windows we associate with medieval cathedrals.
I might be biased but living in Edinburgh, Scotland tends to make one look favourably on any form of rail-running vehicle with something akin to awe, wonder and incredulity. Why? Because we have recently emerged from a long running (actually, non-running) debacle involving the completion of an infrastructure to enable Edinburgh to reacquire a tram system (having ripped up the original 60 years ago).
One of the most exciting branches of modern art is street art. By its very nature street art it is exciting, unpredictable, often dangerous and frequently temporary. While this dynamic form of modern art is regarded by many as illegal, unwelcome and unsightly, it is also enjoyed for the sense of humour, creativity and irreverence its practitioners demonstrate, particularly when the result is figurative rather than abstract.