Public Art Category

Street Art

A broad term for art that happens in or around the streetscape, particularly in urban environments and without permission. Graffiti, inflatables, stencils, throw-ups, and spontaneous interventions fit within this realm.

November 15, 2017

Thiago Mundano: 2017 IAPA Winner

Pimp My Carroça, São Paulo, Brazil, 2007

Brazilian street artist Thiago Mundano has been named the winner of the 2017 International Award for Public Art (IAPA) for his project Pimp My Carroça. The project began in 2007 when Mundano approached São Paulo’s unofficial garbage-collection workers with a proposal: he and artist colleagues would give their carts—carroças—a colorful makeover. The goal: make the … Read More

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October 19, 2017

Wild Style on the High Plains: RedCan Graffiti Jam

PAR57 sneak peek

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – The Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) is harnessing a controversial artistic medium—graffiti—to reclaim and revitalize traditional Lakota narratives and values, as part of a broader strategy to engage, educate, and empower indigenous youth in America’s fourth largest tribal reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. RedCan is a ‘graffiti jam’ spearheaded by … Read More

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February 16, 2017

Perception

Artist: eL Seed

CAIRO – The Manshiyat Nasr ward in Cairo is home to the Zaraeeb, a community of Coptic Christians who serve as the city’s garbage recyclers. Over a period of three weeks in March 2016, a massive mural, covering nearly 50 buildings, emerged in Manshiyat Nasr. French-Tunisian street artist eL Seed’s Perception is an enormous piece … Read More

December 28, 2016

Catania Street Art Silos

Artists: Interesni Kazki (AEC and WAONE), BO130, Danilo Bucchi, Lucamaleonte, Microbo, Okuda, Rosh 333, Vlady

CATANIA – As part of an event for the city of Catania and the Emergence Festival in summer 2015, several artists brought a creative edge to a cluster of silos in the city’s port district. For Street Art Silos, the artists were invited to look to the myths and legends of Sicily for inspiration. On … Read More

August 17, 2016

Rio’s Gold-Medal Street Art

Work by Brazilian artists—including Eduardo Kobra—in the streets of Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO – When it comes to public art in Rio de Janeiro, French street-art star JR’s three massive sculptural images of young athletes in action have garnered most of the international attention. (JR is one of three official Olympic artists-in-residence; the other two are German writer Tilman Spengler and American Vine-video star Gerald … Read More

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April 11, 2016

Art in the Arab Street

An innovative and ambitious festival brings street artists to Tunisia

It is four years since street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi burned himself alive and activated the extraordinary chain of events that became the Tunisian uprising. The uprising deposed the dominant state narrative only to reveal the flux of competing cultural, economic, and political paradigms currently affecting Tunisia. It is in this context of post-revolutionary flux that … Read More

February 10, 2016

Work In Progress – The Street Art Show

New Delhi – A larger than life street art installation in Tughlakabad, South Delhi will soon spill across India. Housed within 100 shipping containers in the parking lot of Asia’s largest dry port, ICD (Inland Container Depot), WIP – The Street Art Show is an open lab where artists work on site and a wide … Read More

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January 28, 2016

“Silly Walks”

Artists: Kreativiteket

Ørje, Norway – Sometimes mischievous public art interrupts our days in the best of ways. Pranksters and Swedish art group Kreativiteket turned an average gray day into a memorable chuckle for the people of Ørje, Norway, with a playful traffic sign. With their help, what once was a mere crosswalk transformed into a silly exercise … Read More

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December 16, 2015

“Street Knit”

Artist: OLEK

NEW DELHI, India – As part of St+art Delhi earlier this year, Polish-born New York street artist OLEK created a large-scale, collaboratively knitted public artwork. On view from February 20 – March 18, 2015, Street Knit covered the surface of a homeless shelter in New Delhi with knitted lengths of colorful local materials. Both the location … Read More

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December 4, 2015

My Yangon My Home

Art and Heritage Festival in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar – My Yangon My Home, the first Yangon Art and Heritage festival, enlivened the city’s public and private spaces with art from March 1 to March 22, 2015. Curated by Jose Abad Lorente, Diana Valarezo, and Htein Lin, the festival was organized in collaboration with Ambassador Andrew Patrick, Tina May Thwin Oo, and … Read More

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July 27, 2015

Coney Art Walls

New street art exhibition comes to Coney Island

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Coney Art Walls, a large-scale exhibition that opened in July and is open until September 6, has turned Coney Island into an outdoor museum of street art. Curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Joseph J. Sitt, the exhibition presents works by local and international artists, including Crash, Daze, Eine, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, … Read More

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June 10, 2015

“SHE-SPAN”

Artist: Judy Doom/Stephanie Rudig

Washington, D.C. – Begun in 2013, SHE-SPAN commemorates the record number of women sworn into Congress that January with a series of pointillist portraits posted around Washington, D.C. The artist, Stephanie Rudig (also known as “Judy Doom”) was underwhelmed by this record, which meant that only 19% of the 113th Congress was female, she told Huffington Post. The 114th … Read More

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