African Street Art Report

Colorful, creative, inspiring: The world of African street art

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September 27, 2013 — Updated 1129 GMT (1929 HKT)
To celebrate the best of African street art, CNN iReport asked for your submissions of the beautiful, political, or just plain fun.<!-- --><br /><br />
</br>South African graffiti artist FALKO1 sent images of his striking work on walls in and around Cape Town. <!-- --><br /><br />
</br> To celebrate the best of African street art, CNN iReport asked for your submissions of the beautiful, political, or just plain fun.
South African graffiti artist FALKO1 sent images of his striking work on walls in and around Cape Town.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • African street art includes graffiti, inspiring murals, painted shop fronts
  • It provides an outlet for political voices and local culture
  • Cape Town is home to a thriving graffiti scene with a social message

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(CNN) — Street art has forever been a vibrant tool of personal expression manifesting in a variety of unique ways. In Africa it comes in the form of beautifully painted shop fronts, alternative methods of political campaigning and striking murals designed to inspire.

To celebrate the best of African street art, CNN iReport asked for your submissions

Electric Street Art or maybe Pier Art

Some people may not consider this real authentic street art but I do so I decided it should go up on the web that way.
I think it would be amazing to include this element in a wide variety of public exhibitions.
This is the Santa Monica Pier, roller coaster and Ferris Wheel, CA, US.

 

Artist Nathan Sharratt; Street Art For a Rainy Day

Art you can see when it rains.

This video of a rain drawing by Atlanta artist Nathan Sharratt using NeverWet, gives you a good idea how spraying a stencil on a sidewalk or other wet surface creates words and images that can only be seen when wet.Will we see a more of this in the rainy winter months?

                      

Bear Trap Graffiti House and Public Performence Venue, Venice Beach

Learn More about the Hip Hoppin Bear Trap Entertainment company
http://beartrapmusic.com/
Here is some news from Venice 311 March of this year, with a comment from one of the groups members.
http://venice311.org/2013/03/20/beartrap-music-takes-over-72-windward-mtv-reality-show-supposedly-in-works/

Yarn Bomb on Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh

An amazing community public art project was completed as thousands of community residents in the Pittsburgh area created a yarn tapestry on the Warhol Bridge that spanned 3000 feet.

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1800 people knitted 580 yarn designs the size of a blanket and attached them end to end along the busy structure The whole project took 18 months to plan and execute. Volunteers worked throughout the weekend attaching the hand knitted panels to the bridge.

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Amanda Gross a Pittsburgh resident who became fascinated by the role bridges play in the life of the city of Pittsburgh came up with the idea. With the help of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh and other local organizations the artists came up with a concept that is designed to give a new sense of vitality and appreciation to the practical structure.

Just as the bridge itself is practical so is the fabric used to knit the panels. Rather than use wool which absorbs water, is flammable and can be a home to pests Amanda and her team decided on acrylic yarn instead. The team of artists from .more than 80 Pittsburgh neighborhoods and 120 area townships worked with architects and engineers to create the knitted pieces allowing for wear, proper adhesion and weight.

There will be a community arts and crafts party on the bridge Aug. 25. The nations largest Yarn Bomb will stay in place till Sept. 6.

 

Uzupis: a funky artists’ republic in Lithuania’s capital – The Daily Star

The Daily Star Uzupis: a funky artists’ republic in Lithuania’s capital The Daily Star “New houses are being built, new residents are moving here and they’re driving away the thugs and the thieves,” street musician Nikodemas, a well-known face…

Daniel Taylor’s insight:
Vilnius is becoming known as a world class cultural city

Today there us a article appearing in the Daily Star of Lebanon, France 24 and some others, about a makebelieve republic called Uzupis in a section of the city of Vilnius in Lithuania. The article is published by AFP. Vilnius, according to this article, is itself a city built on freedom of expression. Because Uzupos is set apart from the rest of the city by the shallow Vilnia River and artists live there. They are responsible for creating a district that is beginning to atract world wide attention and some upscale shops next to the squatting artists that feed them..
No one minds obeying the constitution of this artists republic and if anyone does mind, there is probably a freedom of expression clause that exempts them.

Besides the streetart that is saving Uzupos, the artists land across the river Vilnia, Vilnius is also the lead the city in the world busking festival called Street Musicians Day which is beginning to be celebrated in other countries in Europe on the third weekend in May.
Here is our article on the event published earlier this year.http://streetiam1.com/2013/05/22/street-musicians-day-highlight-video-vilnius-lithuania/We will keep our eyes on Vilnius Lithuania as well as Minsk in BelarusBoth these places in the same part of the world, about 100 mi apart on good old highway E28 seem to be creating a street culture that is becoming celebrated and rcognizable.See all of our articles on Vilnius here
http://streetiam1.com/?s=vilnius&submit=Search
Articles on Minsk Belarus here
http://streetiam1.com/?s=minsk&submit=Search

Elmira Street Painting Festival Ready to Go

The rain-or-shine event draws more than 4,000 people downtown. It will continue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14 on West Water Street, North Main Street and in Wisner Park.

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