It’s still technically the weekend for a few hours, so writing this is the perfect procrastination tool before I get down to doing homework. Hopefully you can take advantage of these links in a similar fashion:
High Rise Murals is sort of a new project from Monorex. It organizes all of their murals (read: massive painted outdoor advertisements) under one banner. They launched High Rise Murals in two ways: By having INSA paint a mural and painting a massive Coca-Cola advertisement over some great graffiti. After someone very publicly shamed them, High Rise Murals selectively buffed the advertisement to make it look intentional and not about the massive tag (HW stands for the location of the advertisement, Hackney Wick). Over Twitter, Monorex said that they “are now in phase 2, re commissioning wall with artists.” This phase is also known as phase oh crap, we really screwed the pooch on this one and it’s time to backpedal. Monorex claim that phase two was always the plan, but I don’t see any reason to believe that. Artists need to get paid and painting advertisements can be a lucrative way to do that, but I think we can all agree that painting over graffiti and street art to replace it with advertising is not cool. Let’s hope High Rise Murals have learned from this experience and stop going over murals and art with advertisements.
Its easy to recognize a piece by Jade in Peru. His images have a very distinct shape and color that help you immediately recognize the work. His latest works are a series of mainly animal drawings called “Animalinando Lima” The drawings, all done in brown paper have a folk like feel that relates to old cultures and art from Peru.
I, again, felt connected to his art, and I loved it even more to see that Jade is creating a series of cohesive work on the street and taking advantage of his streets. Jade has been making graffiti for 13 years, and he is a very influential force in the street art scene in Peru. South America is thriving with street art and home to wonderful artists like Jade.
To see more of his work, please visit his website.