Sunday, 24 August 2014

S T R E E T    A R T   -  E n e r g i z i n g   s p a c e s

Ever experienced boredom while walking down a street; using the same route everyday to reach a destination; seeing the same trees, buildings & people? 

I rarely do - there is so much activity in a city like Mumbai to keep one absorbed at every step, every turn. 

This city always seems to be on the move - people churning in and out of railway stations; food vendors & street merchants peddling their wares in front of glitzy showrooms; a never ebbing flow of vehicles occupying every inch of available roads; toy vendors on traffic signals,  flower traders everywhere on festivals - there is much to see, smell and desire on any day out. 

However, I would absolutely not mind encounters of the kind we bring to you today :) Encounters that immediately bring a smile to your face, lighten the mood and make you say 'wow'!

Presenting street art by Oakoak

A well known street artist from Saint Etienne, France, Oakoak uses the simplest everyday elements as interventions to create graffiti that is at once appealing & so appropriate to the space it is created on :

Be it this railing end

Or, this patch of peeled off paint, so imaginatively depicted as a mill.

"I like this city, her atmosphere" OakOak says of Saint Etienne "and I wanted it to look nicer. It was an industrial city with many coal mines; now it's in regeneration and still quite poor. But it's easily travelled by foot with awkward aspects ideal for art. I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realise them."

What a wonderful attempt at energizing spaces through art - anybody up for this in my city?!

 Who would have thought of a 'cat in the shadows'?

Or a Liliputian disappearing into the boundary wall, seeing me approach :)

This one needs help for sure..

Care to approach the Hulk?

Or would you rather watch a circus artiste..

Me - I am off to a desert safari

I guess Oakoak decided we have had enough smiles for the day :)

Innovative, thoughtful & very creative indeed.

Images: Oakoak
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