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Contortionists And Public Places Is A Strange And Delightful Combination

A conceptual art group called “Bodies in Urban Spaces” have taken their unique form of contortionist street art to Paris, Seoul, and New York, but their recent demonstrations in Bangor, Wales really caught my eye. I especially love seeing the contrast of their bright, modern workout gear and bendy bodies with Bangor’s heavy, ancient architecture. Check out a few more photos of their antics (including one that is sure to cause a few claustrophobic panic attacks) after the jump! Keep reading »

Banksy’s Back! Check Out His New Work

Everyone’s favorite graffiti artist Banksy announced his month-long NYC residency on Instagram a couple days ago, and his subversive and witty take on street art has been popping up in all sorts of places from Chinatown to the West Side. Yesterday, he headed over to Brooklyn, where he added some cheeky commentary. This one’s our favorite, but click through to see the rest of his New York pieces! Keep reading »

London Artist Turns Trash Into Art

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London Artist Turns Trash Into Art

One man’s trash is another man’s … trash. But trash that’s actually art, too. London street artist Francisco de Pajaro uses tossed out refuse as his medium, making cheeky and sometimes thoughtful sculptures from discarded garbage bags. “Rubbish is the only legal place you can make art on the street,” said de Pajaro of his work. “With the street art I’m trying to do things which haven’t be done before, I started working on the street with a clear conscience, like a virgin. You start with a purity and your mind changes as you go further into it, because the streets are very tough.”

The sculptures are fleeting, lasting only as long as the trash sits on the sidewalk, uncollected. “We consume a lot, and rubbish is part of that, it’s people wasting things,” said de Pajaro. “There’s a romantic aspect, somebody’s given it up, they don’t want it, because one little bit is broken, because they don’t want to fix it, that’s the Capitalist mindset, so I give it life, so there’s a sensitive and romantic side to the work. It’s not all about monsters and nightmares in the work. Even when I’m making monsters, I’m taking things and bringing them back to life, giving them meaning.”

Click through to check out another few trash monster pieces. [Societe Perrier] Keep reading »

Did Anyone Lose A Giant Earring?

Belgian artist Liesbet Bussche has been working on a street art installation project called “Urban Jewellery,” in which she transforms normal city objects and fixtures into large scale jewelry. This giant earring, for example, was just a spherical stone roadblock before Bussche added the brass post and made all of us instinctively reach for our earlobes to make sure this wayward accessory wasn’t ours. After the jump, check out a chain barricade that Bussche turned into a massive charm bracelet… [Beautiful Decay] Keep reading »

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The Stickiest Art You’ve Ever Seen

Dutch street artist Max Zorn makes elaborate and gorgeous works of art — out of translucent packing tape. By layering bits of tape over and over itself on plexiglass, Zorn builds up multi-dimensional artworks that allow the light to come through. Zorn will even send you your own piece — if you promise to post it in a public place. Stunning stuff. [Max Zorn]

“Mad Men”‘s Falling Man Gets Graffitied Up

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I’m so accustomed to seeing penises scrawled on Reese Witherspoon’s face on those “This Means War” posters that it’s refreshing to see graffiti that’s not an ode to the male anatomy. Oh, I’m sorry. Are we not supposed to call it “graffiti”? Is it called “street art” because the doodles are on posters for “Mad Men,” which is a classy show? So be it. It’s “Mad Men” street art. And here are 10 that are pretty clever. [ONTDBest Week Ever]

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