A new work of Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse. psychylustro transforms one of Philadelphia’s major transportation thoroughfares with a series of seven bright, bold installations along the city’s rail gateway between 30th Street and North Philadelphia stations. The work unfolds in a series of seven passages – from vast, dramatic warehouse walls to small buildings and stretches of green spaces — meant to be framed through the windows of the moving train, creating a real-time landscape painting that explores shifting scale, perspective and the passage of time. Magic train world.
Do you remember? Last year Spanish street artist SpY wrapped a german police car as part of the CityLeaks Urban Art Festival in Cologne. I really don’t know why I never mentioned this guy on this blog. Since the 1980s, his interventions and graffitis may be encountered in cities all over the world and his ideas are as strong as ever. Funny, fleeting and confusing at the same time.
Some older works…
All images © SpY.
Irish graffiti artist Maser has covered his clashing patterns all over an abandoned petrol station in Limerick City somewhere in Ireland as part of a transformative urban art project. Maser titled the installation »No.27 – a nod to Ed Ruscha« – after an American pop art artist who published a collection of photographs titled »Twentysix Gasoline Stations«.
In November 2013, Ian Strange (previously) in collaboration with cinematographer Alun ‚Albol‘ Bollinger (Lord of the Rings, Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners) created three new film and photography based artworks incorporating four suburban homes in Christchurch, New Zealand. These homes were located in Christchurch’s residential »Red Zone«, an area containing over 16,000 houses slated for demolition after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Final Act is in part an emotive archive of these Christchurch homes and a continuation of the artist’s ongoing exploration of the social and emotional icon of the home. Watch the video.
All images © Ian Strange.
Instant Housing by Winfried Baumann – Portable housing space. Since 2001 the artist Winfried Baumann has been building life systems for homeless people and other urban nomads. Under the brand urban nomads all the projects of Winfried Baumann are combined and they are all concerned with mobility, housing, provisions and locomotion. The most comprehensive group of works is Instant Housing. Instant Housing are small mobile homes, which are designed for the special living circumstances of their users and which are manageable by one person. In a time when ways of living are constantly questioned and social mobility is a requirement for all, Baumann’s work invites us to reflect on our own lifestyles, and those of others.
Urban Nomads, Winfried Baumann, 2014 Hirmer Verlag GmbH, English-German edition, 360 pages, 418 colour illustrations. All images © Winfried Baumann.