UK artist D*Face pierces with his latest art installation

Protected: JUSTKIDS presents UK Artist D*Face massive public art installation in Arkansas

Inspired by the unjust struggle the Native Americans experienced during what’s known as ‘The Trail of Tears‘, UK artist D*Face conceived of two correlated public art installations located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  The projects are sponsored by the creative arts house, JUSTKIDS and local non-profit 64.6 Downtown.

–>Side note: JUSTKIDS is this great network of curators, artists, designers and art consultants that creates international art events. JUSTKIDS & 64.6 Downtown (an organization committed to the revitalization of downtown Fort Smith) run a program called UNEXPECTED.  The UNEXPECTED brings urban contemporary art to Arkansas – curated by JustKids. Ok, back to the story…

A large-scale symbolic mural, “War Paint” revives the sordid past that once took place here in Arkansas; with a simple and clever union of an arrow and a paintbrush, D*Face’s mural confronts the past and propels into the future by hitting the bull in the eye and the bad lands in the heart.

One of 19 murals on the city walls of Fort Smith Arkansas. #muralart #fortsmitharkansas #fortsmith #wallart

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After working on the wall D*Face chose to work on the ground for his massive arrows installation. The aim is to point the past a new direction with the pairing of a massive public sculpture made of five 40 foot long wooden arrows that each weigh more than 1,000 pounds, located now in downtown Fort Smith.

“Its like a two part mural/installation. The idea is to connect a wall to something sculptural. Which I have never done before and I am quite excited about it” explained D*Face while working on site.

Protected: JUSTKIDS presents UK Artist D*Face massive public art installation in Arkansas

Protected: JUSTKIDS presents UK Artist D*Face massive public art installation in Arkansas

Protected: JUSTKIDS presents UK Artist D*Face massive public art installation in Arkansas

Protected: JUSTKIDS presents UK Artist D*Face massive public art installation in Arkansas

Protected: JUSTKIDS presents UK Artist D*Face massive public art installation in Arkansas

Reloading himself with the native weapon of the Choctaw Nation – the  Oklahoma based tribe underwrote the installation and also gave the artist advice and historical context to create his design – D*Face’s public sculpture aims, shoots and hits, from the wall to the sky, from the sky to the ground. These five immense wooden arrows are now rooted in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas, a land rich in mystery of a conflicted (yet somehow) iconic past that never seems to exhaust itself of symbolic references, the Old West, and where its legends inspire to rise above.

Artist DFace art installation arkansas

Artist DFace art installation arkansas

Artist DFace art installation arkansas

 

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Photo Credit: Zane Cash, Raymesh Cintron

Insane Mash up of Street Artists Decorate this Hong Kong Restaurant

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Holy visual stimuli.

Bibo, a new gastro restaurant in Hong Kong is offering diners the chance to experience safe street art housed in a fabrication of an abandoned French tram station. The interior of the restaurant is decorated, jam packed, tagged… however, you want to put it, with the work of renowned street artists Banksy, JR, Vhils, Daniel Arsham, Invader, amongst others.

Bibo was born from a collaboration between design agency Substance and a mysterious project coordinator known only as Bibo.

Their tagline ‘offering diners a new way to experience art while giving creatives a chance to showcase their work like never before’, sounds pretty interesting, but the execution looks pretty kitsch to me.

The excitement in witnessing the works of artists like D*Face and Invader is stumbling onto them in the wild, so to speak – not crammed on the wall next to my table or being the backdrop for my waitress as she hauls over overpriced entrees on a tray.

Maxime Dautresme, creative director of Substance, says, “We wanted to connect the decade, street art and gastronomy. Street artists often begin their careers spray-painting trains and trams. They also like to occupy disused heritage buildings and construction sites. They express themselves by layering their art on surfaces with a history.” 

I’m not saying that people won’t enjoy this experience, but I quietly wonder if street art themed restaurants make this form of art seem like a fad. I suppose I’ll let it go unless I hear about a gift shop full of trinkets you wander through on your way out. 

Design: Substance
Photography by Nathaniel McMahon

via My Modern Met

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