Jim Bachor’s 2016 Pothole Art Installation ‘Pretty Trashed’

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Thanks to another successful Kickstarter campaign, Chicago artist, Jim Bachor has gotten started on his 2016 pothole art campaign.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Bachor has been delighting art blogs since 2014 when he decided to put a beautiful spin on the excess of damaging potholes left from brutal Chicago winters.

We’ve been impatiently waiting for the next theme to his well-received pothole art installations – the new series is called Pretty Trashed.  This first mosaic dropped is ‘Beer Can’.  It’s located on Montrose, just east of California on the south side of the street. Go see it Chicago – you lucky ducks. The rest of us will just have to live vicariously through Bachor’s Instagram feed.

It’s not our first time covering Bachor’s cute mosaic potholes. You can check out his past mosaic themes here:

POTHOLE ART PROJECT LAUNCHES NEW SERIES – TREATS IN THE STREETS!

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*photos courtesy of Jim Bachor

KOBRA GIVES EINSTEIN THE COLOR TREATMENT

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Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra delivers his mural tributes in a kaleidoscope of colors. His muses have ranged from architects to classic historical moments — his rendition of The Kiss was the most liked and reblogged post ever in the history of HAHA — it clocked in at 9,900. The newest of which has popped up in São Paulo, Brazil. The wall, entitled as “Genial is riding a bike”,  is 13 meters high by 7 meters large and the painting shows Albert Einstein riding a bicycle. On the front of the bicycle, Kobra has inserted his own version of the famous Einstein formula (E=MC2) which could be translated as: Love= Me + you2 .

*Thanks to Eduardo’s team for sending us these amazing pics.

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SET IN THE STREET: The Ultimate Selfie Zone


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Set in the Street is an ongoing art project started by Photographer, Justin Bettman.  Bettman, a 23-year-old California native was looking for a way to save money on studio space. He and his collaborator Gözde Eker, starting kicking around ideas until they decided “Why don’t we try to shoot these outside?”

Their work questions our perspective — a trick of the eye. At first glance, on close inspection the scene played out before you seems normal. But when you’re pulled back and you see the entire picture, that’s when you realize you only had half a story.

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The sets they use for the shoots are foraged from unwanted furniture and materials, most of which they find on the street. After shooting the initial photos, the sets are left up on the street with a sign that invites folks to shoot their own photos and post them using the hashtag #setinthestreet.

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photos via Justin Bettman/Setinthestreet.com

THE FELT CORNERSHOP

This past August, an abandoned storefront in East London was transformed into a temporary art installation.

Cornershop, the brainchild of fiber artist, Lucy Sparrow, is a fun take on consumerism where the shelves are stocked with every traditional shop item you could think of:  cash register, magazine rack, newspapers, ice box, biscuit isle, lady items, beer, crisps – my personal favorite ‘the oyster card’ (think public transportation pass).

You’re waiting for the fun part right?   The items were hand-stitched by Sparrow and her assistant.  The undertaking took 8 months and they blew through 984 square feet of felt.  Sparrow describes corner shops as a “slice of life…The exhibition encourages people to take a closer look at the everyday.”

All the items were available for purchase in the store and online, during that time Sparrow offered a variety of sewing workshops, designed to engage the local community in public art.  In a interview with The Guardian, Sparrow openly expressed her fear of selling out the shop…”Obviously it would be nice to sell it all on opening night, but I have this fear of having to make it all again,” she said.  “I don’t think I can go though that.  It might actually break me.”

As well as £1,000 of sponsorship money from Swizzels sweets, the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which raised £10,500, and £8,000 of Arts Council funding.

The project is closed now, but you can still browse the items online.

photos via Sew Your Soul and Fashion For Lunch

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CAR CRASH ART INSTALLATION @ THE KIMMEL CENTER

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‘The Slow and Inevitable Death of American Muscle’, now at the Kimmel Center, is on loan from the West Collection. SEI and the Kimmel Center have collaborated on SEI Innovation Studio – a new performing arts venue that will house an ongoing initiative of revolving contemporary art.

Created by Jonathan Schipper, these muscle cars will eventually crash spectacularly in slow motion over the next 90 days. This “piece is the first of three public art installations SEI is providing on a temporary loan to the Kimmel Center to enliven its public spaces and attract audiences to its seasonal offerings and resident company programs.”

If you can’t get to the Kimmel to see it in person, you can continue to watch it happen in Real Time at the Kimmel Center’s Website.

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37 FT TALL CAT HAS TAKEN UP IN LONDON’S WEST END

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There’s a 37ft tall pussycat staring folks down in the West End. The site of this new art installation opposite Victoria Tube Station will be the home to a new series of commissioned art projects installed on the new Nova Victoria development that will be home to flats, restaurants, offices and shops.

This untitled piece is the work of New York Artist, Marlo Pascual; whose works normally deals with archived photographs that question the nature of, and range of emotions that images solicit. A work that syncs in with Nova’s hope of continually reinterpreting the space with iconic and non-conformist art projects, appealing to those who choose to think differently.

Justin Black, Development Director for Nova, Victoria, says: “At Nova we are creating a new destination for London. We believe public art is integral to creating a sense of place and at Nova we are proud to take a different approach. Our streets and spaces will form an external public gallery showcasing temporary commissions from emerging and established artists. Art which will inspire Londoners and visitors whilst they are having a meal, shopping or just going about their everyday business. Our feline friend is the first step in Nova’s cultural evolution”.

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KEITH HARING MURAL RE DEDICATION

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It’s been a rocky road, we thought we were going to lose this gem and then Mural Arts swooped in and had it restored to it’s former glory with the support and funding from the Keith Haring Foundation.

And so we’ve managed to save our Philly Keith Haring connection and everyone’s invited to share in the dedication ceremony of We The Youth – originally created in 1987 in collaboration with CityKids.

It’s happening this Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. International DJ King Britt will be spinning some tunes along with some great Philly food trucks to whet your appetite.

1-3 pm / 22nd & Ellsworth Streets

*pics courtesy of Mural Arts Program.

TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH: STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE

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It’s like having an activist on the streets – but then again I think of most street artist with a message as such. It’s just that I’ve never seen one geared towards women in this way.

Brooklyn based artist,Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is peddling social activism into the realm of public art, addressing gender based street harassment. The Stop Telling Women to Smile street art features black & white portraits of women from multiple cultures sport strong powerful eyes that look out at the viewer as if they were speaking the messages from the posters aloud. Fazalaizadeh says “the project attempts to take women’s voices and faces and put them in the street – creating a presence for women in an environment where women are a lot of times made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe – outside in the street. ” There are real women behind these drawings who humanize Fazlalizadeh’s campaign – that so far, to my knowledge has just been seen in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

But she’s on the move. With the successful funding of her recent KickStarter and the support of Hollaback and StopStreetHarassment.org: Baltimore, Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Chicago stops are in the works.

If you can’t wait to see them in your neighborhood, you can look into participating in the campaign through the projects dedicated website.

 

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BANKSY BRINGS #16 IN HIS SERIES TO THE BRONX

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Bansky’s newest work is a fiberglass replica of Ronald McDonald having his shoes shined by a real live boy standing in the South Bronx. According to the BANKSNY SITE, the sculpture, Shoe Shine will move outside a different McDonalds everyday at lunchtime for the next week.

According to the Gothamist the sculpture is near 839 Westchester Avenue. – ALSO CHECK THEM OUT FOR UPDATED IN AND BRAND NEW PICS.

Don’t forget to listen to the audio guide for the piece here.

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‘YOU AND ME’ IN A GIANT COOKIE CUTTER INSTALL

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Folks enjoying Zhang Zhaohui’s interactive public art installation ‘You & Me’ set up in the famous 798 Art District in Beijing China. The body shaped metal frames are adult sized with small rocks sitting at the bases to allow for easy access into the cutouts.

*photo #2 AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

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Before I Die

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We organized/Sponsored the Philadelphia Edition of creator, Candy Chang’s interactive project, Before I Die. Installed on the Avenue of Arts in Downtown Philadelphia/Summer of 2012. The Philadelphia wall was set up on the Avenue of Arts between Pine & Spruce…right across from the Kimmel Center.Before I Die is an arts project that invites people to share their hopes and dreams in a public space. Painted with chalkboard paint and stenciled with the sentence, “Before I die I want to …”, the wall became a space where the community could listen, relate and be inspired by one another.

 

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ORLY GENGER – Red, Yellow and Blue Nautical Ropes Take Over Madison Square Park

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Madison Square Park Conservatory Square Art is installing Orly Gender’s trademark hand-knotted nautical rope in Madison Square Park in waves of Red, Yellow and Blue – ”1.4 million feet of rope—the total length equating to nearly 20 times the length of Manhattan—covered in over 3,000 gallons of paint, and weighing over an astounding 100,000 pounds”!

Gender is using installation to create an interaction between the public and her art. The rope sections off and creates a new landscape in hopes that you will find and explore/navigate these spaces.

It’ll be there in all it’s glory until September 8th, 2013 until it gets shipped off to Boston, marking the first of Mad. Sq. Art’s commissions to travel.

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image credits: red/mccartney, blue/gabonghi, yellow/james_groeling