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    A Swedish artist with whom I've now fallen in love with. He or she spends their time making street art of pigeons shitting colored paint on street signs or crafting fake mannequin legs sticking out of trash cans. Fantastic. Really makes me lament my complete lack of art talent.
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      CommentAuthorRabbit
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
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    I really love these. A lot of these pictures are floating randomly around emails and other parts of the interwebs. I'm especially a fan of the water-spiders and the red carpet into the sewers.

    I'm loving that art is starting to invade our everyday environment. People can't help but look.
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    Hmmmm... that looks like Mark Jenkins, and he has collaborated with GRL. I thought he was from New York but it's possible that he's really from Sweden. He is in Sweden right now though - a week or so ago there was a video or two on wooster collective showing installations he's done in Sweden. I'm not sure about the leaves added to street signs. That could be him, but for some reason I'm thinking it's someone else.
    • CommentAuthorharchangel
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
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    Anyone know what the plastic/ice looking sculptures are made out of?
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      CommentAuthorWaxPoetic
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
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    @harchangel - i'm going to guess (based on one of the photos) that some of the earlier ones where made from clear tape - but that may be more speculation, and there's a link on his info page to tapesculpture.org. possible?

    these are wonderful. i miss living in a place where people did this and it made me stop and think about the space in which i live in a different way.

    Thanks, AwesomeExMachina!
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      CommentAuthorPyD
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
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    Thank you for the link - that gave pretty much everyone in work a laugh.

    Got to love that creative fun.
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    Speaking of street art, I'm pretty amazed by this animation done on infrastructure:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuGaqLT-gO4
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    @Brendan McGinley

    Yeah! I saw that piece the other day on here or somewhere else, I forget. I love it. My wonder is how they were able to accomplish this unless they owned/got permission from the building owners to do this. Commonly, street art is a spray-and-go thing since it's -well- illegal.
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
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    That plastic giraffe made me smile for hours.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
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    I like the one with the ducks.

    I wish she would move here so that my town could be that interesting.
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    I saw these last year and they make me smile very time - except for maybe some of the realistic ones which are kind of sad.
    It is indeed Mark Jenkins - who is American - you can more of his work here.
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      CommentAuthortrini_naenae
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008 edited
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    @harchangel: They are made with mailing tape. He puts clingwrap over the object he's working with, covers with tape, and then cuts enough to remove the "mold" and tape his creation back together. I think I found about his process on a clip on wooster collective but my memory is a wee bit fuzzy. He also said that he had to call the tape company to find out if they needed masks to filter the fumes, and when the company figured how much he was using, they were told to get the masks. I'd find the clip for you but I really don't have the time. (Maybe later.)
    edit: There are videos on the website above, so the video I'm talking about is probably on it.
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      CommentAuthorJustLaina
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
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    Love the water spiders
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
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    I thought maybe a few of those mannequins were like.... garbage bags straung together and inflated. The tape I see in the one picture, so that's much more probable. They look like ice sculptures, it's really very cool.
    I assume you've all seen the decapitator? I think I actually heard of him over Whitechapel.
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    Yep. I know enough about street art to know that I couldn't possibly know all that much. I tend to be the most familiar with the New York scene because I started learning about it with Wooster Collective. Though I'm surprised that I haven't noticed more people in this group drooling over GRL. Their stuff is delightfully nerdy. (They're like lowtech hitech, if there is such a thing/)
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
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    I'm not totally sure if this qualifies as street art, as it's not actually viewed as a whole on the street, but the kind of discussion that sprang up about the previous piece might lend itself to deciphering this:


    MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.
    • CommentAuthorjohnmuth
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
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    I kind of wonder whether if they either had access to the building or if it might have been like some kind of cooperative to cover up other street art...Since they were pretty vigorous in covering up all the other graffiti. But, that was really cool. (Talking here about the BLU thing)
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    I was thinking about how much graffiti was being covered up. That tends to not be such a smart idea as it will likely create beef. (Unless one enjoys getting their ass royally handed to them.)
    • CommentAuthorjohnmuth
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2008
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    Yeah, that's what I was thinking, which is why I wondered if maybe there weren't a cooperative or something... (Obviously, not every street artist would probably agree to something like that, but how much fun would it be to have "the man" say, okay do it, but we're cleaning it up.)

    Either way, it's pretty neat.

    *And I have no idea, if you were actually addressing me or not, but there you go. :)
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2008
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    Re: Ass kicking over art -- Blu's stated that he doesn't give a flying shit about people that want to beat him up for covering their art (and the team were, in fact, hassled a bit while they were in Central/South America -- they're originally from Italy). In his opinion, if you're painting on a public wall, you're making a statement about the laws regarding painting on that wall, and you can't then say "now it's mine because I painted on it" -- you've given your permission to publically paint, even if that paint is on top of your own.

    Here's an article with Blu and Lorenzo (PDF), where it's briefly addressed.