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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5 Street Art Instagrammers You Should Follow

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  • Martha Cooper / Handle: Marthacoopergram – Legendary Graffiti Photographer, Martha Cooper is basically ‘have lens will travel’. Most recently she was in Puerto Rico capturing street artists: Vhils, Luis Perez, Monica Parada, NEPO, and Colectivo Fibra in action. You wanna stay in the know – follow Martha – her pictures come from the core of the inner circle. I mean, you did see the surprise mural put up for this graffiti darlings birthday at the Wall (Houston & Bowery) didn’t you?

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  • JR / Handle: JR – No one bounces around the globe quite like JR & his crew. This TED Talks street artist brings the faces of urban communities into the forefront with his large scale wheatpastes. It’s all so job fantasy camp, whether you’re viewing pics of their global meet-ups (parties) or looking at a aerial view of his work lacing the favelas of Brazil. Not to miss: snapshots of prideful smiles when JR revisits his muses.

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  • Os Gemeos / Handle: osgemeos – The Brazilian twins document their process extensively on their account. You’ll get to drop in on their murals in progress, see their sketches forming…though my favorite moments come when other street artists drop by their gallery shows to wish them luck and then show up in their feed.

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  • Jonathan LeVine Gallery / Handle: JonathanLevineGallery – The Gallery’s Instagram puts you in the thick of their shows: you can catch the artist preparing the gallery, see the install, pieces from the show, and drool over the after-party. The account should come with a tagline “We’ll make you wish you were here.”

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  • Seth GlobePainter / Handle: seth_globepainter – French Street Artist, Seth Globepainter is everywhere. You’ll globe trot with him via the colorful large scale murals he leaves behind. His Modus Operandi is achieving a culture vibe by taking a photo of a local in front of the mural once it’s completed. Gotta admit, It’s a pretty significant way to humanize a projects.