urban art

The Weight of Life

Urban Interventions by Tony Spyra

The Weight of Life, Kraków, Poland, 2013

The Weight of Life, Kraków, Poland, 2013

»Physalia«, Ostend, Belgium, 2013

Physalia, Ostend, Belgium, 2013

Abandoned Shipwreck, Vienna, Austria, 2012

Abandoned Shipwreck, Vienna, Austria, 2012

Career, 425 x 101,65 x 118,75cm, 2014, Picture: Hannes Katherl

Career, 425 x 101,65 x 118,75cm, 2014, Picture: Hannes Katherl

All images © Tony Spyra.

psychylustro

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.

psychylustro - The Drama Wall / 2014 / acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects

psychylustro – The Drama Wall / 2014 / acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects

psychylustro by Katharina Grosse

psychylustro by Katharina Grosse

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the largest public art program in the United States. All images © by Steve Weinik.

Early work…

untitled / 2008 / acrylic on wall and floor

untitled / 2008 / acrylic on wall and floor

Katharina Grosse

Wrap

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.

WRAP - Cologne (Germany), 2013

WRAP – Cologne (Germany), 2013

Spy Wrap Cologne

Spy Wrap Cologne

Some older works…

Leaves - Madrid, 2009

Leaves – Madrid, 2009

LIVE - Rosarno (Italy), 2012

LIVE – Rosarno (Italy), 2012

Street Wars - Madrid, 2008

Street Wars – Madrid, 2008

Web - Madrid, 2008

Web – Madrid, 2008

All images © SpY.

No.27 – A Nod To Ed Ruscha

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«.

No.27 - A Nod To Ed Ruscha

Maser - No.27 – A Nod To Ed Ruscha

Maser - No.27 – A Nod To Ed Ruscha

Final Act

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.

Ian Strange - Final Act

Ian Strange - Final Act

Ian Strange - Final Act

All images © Ian Strange.

Instant Housing

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.

Shelter - KL

Shelter - KL., 2008, Ausstattung: Liegefläche, Erste Hilfe Paket, Spiegel, Trillerpfeife, Multifunktionswerkzeug, Taschenlampe,

Shelter – KL, 2008, Ausstattung: Liegefläche, Erste Hilfe Paket, Spiegel, Trillerpfeife, Multifunktionswerkzeug, Taschenlampe.

WBF 240 Hedone

Wohnbehälter fahrbar mit Luxusausstattung Anscharnierter Deckel mit Randprofil und 2 Gurtbändern, Hebespannverschluss mit Zylinderschluss, Schiebegriffe aus eloxiertem Alu-Rohr, Stahlachse mit 2 gummibereiften Rädern

WBF 240 Hedone, 2007, Anscharnierter Deckel mit Randprofil und 2 Gurtbändern, Hebespannverschluss mit Zylinderschluss, Schiebegriffe aus eloxiertem Alu-Rohr, Stahlachse mit 2 gummibereiften Rädern.

I-I-H Shopping Cart METRO 400

 gepolsterte Liegefläche, Erste Hilfe Paket, Spiegel, Trillerpfeife, Multifunktionswerkzeug, Taschenlampe, Kunststoffhaube mit Sichtfenster

I-H Shopping Cart METRO-400, 2010, gepolsterte Liegefläche, Erste Hilfe Paket, Spiegel, Trillerpfeife, Multifunktionswerkzeug, Taschenlampe, Kunststoffhaube mit Sichtfenster.

Urban Nomads, Winfried Baumann, 2014 Hirmer Verlag GmbH, English-German edition, 360 pages, 418 colour illustrations. All images © Winfried Baumann.