Graffiti in the city is as ubiquitous as cats in a crazy cat lady’s house. Whether it’s spray paint, sharpies, or even etchings on paint, graffiti is all over the place! The only problem with this is that while we know it’s there, we hardly ever know what these squiggles mean. Sometimes we can decipher an “s” or a “p” if we’re imaginative enough. And while some of these might not make sense to most of us who aren’t in on the whole “tagging” lingo, there are still those who are pretty curious. Luckily, we have this guy.
Mathieu Tremblin is a French artist who began working with site-specific urban inventions, graffiti culture, and branding used in publications, installations, photography, and video. He was inspired by the anonymous, autonomous, and spontaneous practices and expressions in the urban landscape, and this prompted him to act as a sort of “translator” for us who are mildly curious about the scribbles on the walls.
Here are some of his enlightening, if not mildly hilarious translations. You might notice that without the typical “graffiti” font, people are basically just writing random words and maybe street names. Who knew?
“Tag Clouds principle is to replace the all-over of graffiti calligraphy by readable translations like the clouds of keywords which can be found on the Internet. It shows the analogy between physical tag and virtual tag, both in form (tagged walls compositions look the same as tag clouds) and in substance (like keywords which are markers of net surfing, graffiti are markers of urban drifting).”
So what do you think? Is graffiti just another eyesore or maybe an intimate look into the collective urban psyche? Is graffiti actually more profound than people think it is? Or are you just a wee bit relieved that you finally know what these words mean?
These Zombie Garden Gnomes Are Seriously Creepy
Definitely the stuff of nightmares!
Ever noticed those ubiquitous garden gnomes? According to history, the origin of garden gnomes traces back to Germany in the early 1800s. Tradition tells us that gnomes are believed to be symbols of good luck. People apparently considered them as protectors of buried treasure and that they watch over crops and livestock.
These days, these mythical creatures are still popular and chances are you have these in your garden, too. If you, however, want to go outside the ordinary and give your garden a horror flavor, you might want to check out what Revenant FX has to offer.
You see, these Canadian artists are actually huge horror fans and so they’re now on a mission to transform those cute little figures into something much, much scarier. Obviously inspired by The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and others, the group are currently “bringing the undead to life, one gnome at a time” with their masterfully-crafted handmade zombie garden gnomes. ...
At This Place in Italy, You Can Literally Walk on Water!
This floating pathway is a piece of art.
Somewhere in northern Italy, people can walk on water –thanks to the art installation by artists Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon and Christo Yavashev.
Called “Floating Piers,” the bright yellow floating pathway is made from plastic tubes that measure a total of three kilometers and serve to connect two small islands of Lake Iseo. The concept was not new; in fact, it started 46 years ago. Christo and his now-deceased wife Jeanne-Claude were tasked to build a floating bridge on Rio dela Plata. Unfortunately, Jeanne-Claude died in 2008 from brain aneurysm. This, however, didn’t stop Christo from pursuing their dream.
"We chose this lake because of its marvelous location, the islands reach hundreds of meters above the sea and only 2,000 people live there," Christo told CNN. ...
Artist Creates Amazing Paintings for Your Fingertips!
Want art that you can’t just see, but also feel? Andrew Myers creates astounding artworks that were made to be touched!
There's one thing in common among almost all exhibits all over the world - they expressly prohibit anyone from touching the artwork. They even put up barriers and signs that loudly proclaim, "Please don't touch the art!" In a way, it's such a shame because art is more than just a visual medium. The emotion artwork evokes can be brought out with more than just the sense of sight.
Andrew Myers has found a way around this connundrum. He is an artist who wishes to bring the sense of touch back into the whole art experience. Using cleverly arranged screws, oil paint, charcoal, bronze, cement, and other found objects, he creates various stunning tactile paintings.
Here are some of his artworks....
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