All Amman

This is the last of the Amman blog posts

I have made a video of all the street art that I saw when I was in Jordan and it is on youtube WordPress didn’t like it when I tried to embed the video in this post.

Before I went to Amman I found @ammanstreetart on instagram.  Check it out!  It is the creation of Dina Toukan and Leen Al-Haddad, two young women trying to raise awareness of the wonderful street art in their city.  I would like to thank them for giving me suggestions as to where to start looking when I went hunting back in January.

All of the artwork in the video appears in this blog as well and these are all the links to the relevant pages (plus the last few photos at the bottom of this post):

  1. aptART gender equality
  2. Breaking the Silence
  3. colours and people on the stairs
  4. crushing cars & flying blue spaceships
  5. faces on Nemr Al-Edwan street
  6. folklore on a mannequin
  7. four Batmans and an old man’s bird
  8. Jadal and Al-Kalha stairs
  9. large murals in Al Hashmi Al Shamali
  10. little things
  11. Mig the robot
  12. pink flamingo
  13. potted plants and umbrellas
  14. Suhaib Attar’s women
  15. walls of Terra Sancta College, Baladk 2016
  16. What will I be?

red bird in a birdcage, mural on a wall by a parking lot

bird in a birdcage that is the shape of a person's head, mural

below: by Zein

a painting by Zein of a woman's head, wearing blue eye mask, with curved horns

street art on a wall in Amman

skateboarder as viewed from under the board during a jump, street art

street art of a skate boarder

curvy figure of a young man, with long arms, mural on a wall of two hands clenched together that look like a tree trunk, with green leaves growing out of the top

four Batmans and an old man’s bird

Close to the intersection of Dhirar Bin Al-Azwar street and Moh’d Al-Shurayqi street are two pieces of street art.  They have nothing in common except their proximity to each other.

First is a bright mural called “Odin” by Suhaib Attar of a bird  on top of an old man’s head.  The feathers on the bird meld into the hair of the man’s beard and moustache.  Is the bird dead or alive?

mural by Suhaib Attar of a bird with grey and black wing feathers, on red circle background

Odin is the bearded one-eyed Norse god of is the god of wisdom, poetry, death, divination, and magic.  He was often accompanied by two wolves and two ravens.

close up of head of bird in mural by Suhaib Attar in grey tones on red background

The other wall features a more modern character, Batman.

on a wall, 4 stencils of Batman, two have him dancing and two have him playing castonettes

Batman stencil, with mustache, upper body

Someone has written “quarter life crisis” on the wall.  I suspect that it has nothing to do with Batman but I rather like the juxtaposition.

Batman stencils on a wall along with words that someone has written, quarterly life crisis

2 green street signs at an intersection in Amman Jordan along with a red and white do not enter sign

Quito Ecuador

There is a lot of street art in Quito.   It covers a lot of concrete walls that are part of the city’s infrastructure (supports for elevated roads, walls around buildings, etc).   Here is some that I saw in February 2018.

below: Two people, one inside sitting pretty in pink and one outside.

grey and white painted stencil of a man including head, upper body and one arm. on a yellow wall beside a window with a pink window frame. There is a sticker or pasteup of another face in the window looking out. Quito Ecuador

below: A bird in flight.  One wing looks like flames while the other wing resembles water.   Signed by yo-ho-ho.

street art in Quito Ecuador, a bird in flight, one wing looks like flames and the other wing looks like water, painted by yo_ho_ho. mural in Quito Ecuador

 

below: Many, many faces in pink.

on a wall with ivy growing over the top of it, many faces in shades of pink , overlapping each other. mural in Quito Ecuador

 

below: Part dragon and part fish?

on a yellow wall, behind a small tree, a colourful painting of a dragon

 

below: A painting by BEGO

on a house beyond a white fence, a painting on the upper storey of a woman with red hair and red flower

 

The next few paintings were on a wall surrounding an house that was falling down.

on an old stone wall, two animal heads, a dog and a cat maybe.

painted in blue, a pig with sunglasses and crossed arms, words say smoky pig

on a crumbling stone wall is a large green face with many pink eyes, and pink liquid spewing from his mouth

 

below: This is the last of the photos from the ruined building – note the broken bottles across the top of the wall.  That’s very common in Quito… although electric fences seem to be replacing broken glass as a means of keeping trespassers out.

mural of a boy's head in profile, short hair, wearing goggles, all in blue shades

 

below: Crab (lobster?) hands

stylized painting of a man upper body with large crab hands, lack hair and blue writing (illegible) on both sides of his head.

below: Laughing and pointing

large man's face with laughing open mouth, moustache and short hair, pink shirt collar, hand with index finger pointing , mural in Quito Ecuador , Hecho salsa

 

below: Someone stole an orange cone.

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below: Covering his mouth and I don’t think that it’s because he’s coughing.

mural in Quito Ecuador , large red face with a blue hand covering its mouth

 

below: Me

wall painted part red and part blue. on the blue part is a large ME in white with black border. Quito Ecuador graffiti

 

below: Pasteup over his face, a mouse and a mousetrap

part of a larger mural with soldier, wearing helmet with three gold stars on it, someone has put a red dot in the middle of his forehead, also a pasteup now covers his face, with a rat on it, mural in Quito Ecuador

 

below: Another gorgeous bird.  Signed by Pagach? (Pagache?)

mural in Quito Ecuador , realistic painting of a bird with a black and yellow head.

below: Painted on a rusty metal gate.  Reaching for the skull.  I am not sure of the words but if it’s “ponte y las alas” that translates to ‘stand and the wings’ but there are more letters.  Any ideas anyone?  Painted by Aster in 2017.

on a rusted metal gate that is locked closed, graffiti of a person with outstretched arm, as well as a skull

 

below: Resiste

small paste up of a face and star with green and red parts

below: Graffiti behind the fence

graffiti on a wall beside an outdoor stairwell, behind a chainlink fence in Quito Ecuador

 

below: Supay Corpus in a residential area.

 

below: Someone likes to paint underwear, men’s brief to be more specific.

large black and white painting of a pair of men's briefs, underpants in Quito

 

below: A very realistic portrait of an old man with one green eye open.

realistic, and large, painting of a wrinkly man's face, one eye open and one closed. The open eye is green.

 

 

faded red concrete steps leading to a black door with a metal grille covering it,also some graffiti tags. Two bottle brush trees are in front with their red flowers

 

circular pattern painted in black and white with a cat's face ferocious in the center circle, painted mural

 

And last, there were some word stencils….

below: #2mayo and “ecuador ama la vida” which is ‘ecuador, love life’ is now someone’s love note to Mina.

two black stencils, the first is a raised fist with the words #2mayo and the other says ecuador

below: “Sigue to corazon & disfruta el viaje” which means “follow your heart and enjoy the trip”.

black stencil on grey concrete, sigue tu corazon a disfruta la viaje, written twice

 

below: Natura Insurrecta?  and “Mineria responsable cuento miserable”.  The direct translation for the latter is “mining responsible, tale miserable”.

green stencil on top and black on the bottom that says mineria responsable cuentu miserable

 

Cleveland – Waterloo Road

Waterloo Road runs parallel to the Lakeland Freeway (I-90) in Collinwood which is east of downtown Cleveland.   It is an older neighbourhood in need of revitalization and, like more and more cities, it is an area in which street art is encouraged – now the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District  The following are the murals that I saw along Waterloo Road last month.

very large mural in black on a boarded up goldish coloured building, windows painted same colour as building, two storeys, man in a gas mask, at the corner of 156th Street and Waterloo in Cleveland

below: This large mural dominates the intersection of East 156th and Waterloo.

continuation of mural of man in gas mask, building is on a corner and the mural exte4nds around the corner, there is a large bird in his hand,

below: Hundreds of faces linked together

four panels in a a mural of people with large multicoloured faces, blue and red bodies, all holding hands,

close up of a mural with face in many colours, all drawn with lines, long red arm reaches in one direction, background is black and white faces

below: Pop Life building

upper part of a building that has been painted in stripes and rectangles of colours including black and white sections

below: The front of the building was painted by Lynnea Holand-Weiss as part of Waterloo Arts Zoetic Walls project, June 2015.  The building is owned by Judy Wolfe, a weaver, and some her designs were used as inspiration for the mural.

street art murals on two sides of a two storey building, on side is a black person dancing and on the front are two older people that are facing each other, takes up whole front of the building, there is a blue shadow for each that represents their younger selves.

below: Treasure has left his/her mark

Cleveland street art, exterior, on the upper level of a building, face in many colours, with text that says treasure

below: A hammer and a pair of pliers and a line of little people below.  Do the blue lines emanating from his eyes have any significance?  It looks rather creepy.  But maybe he’s just a visionary or is looking to rebuild the community.

a woman walks past a building with a large mural painted on it, a man holds a hammer in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other, blue lines loop from his eyes to the tools, old store front is empty, Cleveland,

below: A barber with bling in the city.

mural on side of red brick building on Waterloo Road in Cleveland, a large hand with rings and bracelets is reaching towards a cityscape in black with pink yellow and orange sky

below: All Ways, by Lynnea Holland-Weiss

double car garage with a face painted on each, one with black background and the other with blue background, big multi coloured faces that are looking at each other, beside the garage is a fence and gate with two more figures painted on them, one red with a yellow head and the other is blue with a red head

 

below: A messy pile of opened foldaway chairs. on the side of building in CLeveland, a mural of a stack of foldable chairs, open, disorderly pile, not neatly piled,

below: Abstract lines and shapes form an archway.abstract geometric shapes in a mural, pink background, shapes in blues and greys along with some blue and white lines

below: Part of mural by Nick Mann, 2013 (2 photos)

part of a mural by Nick Mann in Cleveland

part of a mural by Nick Mann in Cleveland

below: Joined by an infinite rainbow.  The wire fence prevented me from getting closer (trespassing in foreign countries is not as easy as it is at home!) so I didn’t get a good look at some of the detail in this mural.

mural on the side of a building, two people facing each other with rainbow coloured lines joining them

below: The Waterloo Arts building.

the front of the Waterloo Arts building in Cleveland, painted in light green with other designs, such as a long snake. three windows, two are closed and one is open

below: The mural on the side of the Waterloo Arts building…

a mural that is a collage of faces of many people, simply painted, each within a square or rectangle, Cleveland street art

below: … and the words that go with it.

words painted on a wall beside a mural in Cleveland that thanks the people who made the mural

“Inspired by the artwork and concepts of ArtsCollinwood’s portfolio project students, this mural represents our vibrant community and shows what can occur when established artists collaborate with students.

the following students participated in this inaugural year of portfolio project.  Not only did they exhibit tremendous talent, they continue to amaze us with their energy, ideas, and fortitude, Imane Blaine, Arrielle Like, Marcel Mason, Miracle Smothers, Lorenzo Thomas, Siera Thomas, Destiny Ware, Derek Witcher.  Mural by J. Kelly (with A. Merritt and C. [illegible]  ) June 14th – June 24th, 2010″

animals that lurk on walls, Montreal

Mural, street art and graffiti animals seen in Montreal

colourful birds

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - A brightly coloured bird head with fine feathers and a large yellowish orange beak

dogs

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - an ugly awkward looking dog paces in a mural. The dog looks like it's walking on the sidewalk. A bike is parked in front of it

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - a large dog face on a garage door that has been partially tagged over

flying elephants

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - elephants flying over blue and purple clouds and sky

flying fish

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - yellow and orange fish swimming in a purple sky with puffy clouds

a giraffe or two

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - a tall adult giraffe and a smaller young giraffe eating leaves with necks outstretched. A branch of a real tree is also in the picture and it looks like the girafffes are eating the real leaves

a swimming turtle

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - a turtle flying in the clouds past a real window, with small buildings on its back

as well as other swimmers

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - a dolphin is swimming under exterior metal staircases

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - a blue circle with concentric patterns of fish in reds, blues and blacks

ladybugs

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - two large ladybugs on green leaves

and Egyptian lions

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - a lion head in an Egyptian themed mural, a pharaoh head, and pyramids are also in the picture

a rooster

mural painting of a very large yellow and brown rooster on the side of two storey building in downtown Montreal

other birds

line drawing of an owl on a grey wall, red lines and white lines

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - a large stylized pale blue bird in a window of a red brick building.

and a few cats

mural of a large tabby cat lying on rooftops with its paw hanging over the side of the buildings

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - blue cat with a very long pink tongue that encircles its body a couple of times, sitting in a doorway

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - a pink cat and blue dog, both giving a peace sign

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - a large black and white cat head

street art, graffiti, animals painted on a wall - a blue dog (or cat?) in a doorway, also an owl has been painted on the wall beside that door

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These photos were taken in June 2015, and were originally posted on As I Walk Toronto blog.

around Bernard Shaw

The Bernard Shaw, in a building built in 1895, is a pub on Richmond Street South in Dublin.  I had heard that there was some street art in the vicinity, so a detour was made to that part of Dublin.  The building looks like it needs a coat of paint!

an old black building, the Bernard Shaw pub, built 1895, with street art on either side of it.

below: A brightly coloured bird flies on one side of the pub

mural of a blue and dark pink bird in flight, with a long yellow beak

below: A peacock continues the bird theme on the other side of the Bernard Shaw.
Perhaps that’s him on the wall above?

a large mural of a colourful peacock onwood construction hoardings.

below:  Don’t forget to look up too.

murals on a wall and on the upper storey of a pub behind the fence, a tug boat, fowers, a woman's head

below: “Our bodies, our lives, our choice” mural.  Part of the “Repeal the 8th” campaign, an abortion rights campaign to call for a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland.  The 8th amendment criminalizes abortion in all cases except where to continue a pregnancy would result in death of the mother.

two people walking past a mural covered with pictures of flowers and leaves and the words, in cursive writing, Our bodies our lives our choice

small street art painting of a man's face high on a wall

In the same area there was a car park…  or construction site…  or just a series of walls covered with street art and graffiti.  Not much of it was noteworthy but here are a few pictures just the same.

construction hoardings covered with street art and graffiti with cars parked beside them.

below: This one accompanies a happy birthday and I love you message written for Angela, presumably written by Caolan.

graffiti that says angela & caolan. Angela is in pink letters and caolan is in blue. the e in angela is a lock and the L in caolan is a key. The key fits into the lock.

a little black and white striped, wavy stripes, stylized face creature.

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street art of three male faces, jester like hats, in subdued tones of blue and pink and beige . Line drawings but with realistic lips and tongue

graffiti and street art on fences, with sunlight shining through

graffiti and street art on building and fence, with brick rowhouses behind, Dublin

text street art and graffiti on walls

street art man's face on a brick wall above a text graffiti tag, people wakling in the alley beside the building

small 3D circle blue with flower in the center and an orange square beside the circle. The square has a face on it with square eyes

from Balaclava to the beach

This is a selection of the street art that I saw back in February when I walked from Balaclava station to the beach (Melbourne, Australia).

below: I can see parts of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in this mural by MTS, 2014

a mural featuring parts of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse including a white glove, part of a bow, a bowtie

the head of a bird with lots of tall feathers on its head, whitish bird on greenish turquoise background, on a wall beside a building with a massage sign hanging above the door.

people wearing backpacks walking down a paved footpath past a building with street art on the side of it.

below: Painted wall on Hot Bargains at the corner of Woodstock Street.

hot bargain store on Woodstock st., with its painted corner

below: Flying eyeballs and one eyed little green guys wearing glasses adorn the wall of an optometrist’s building along with a scientifically correct (and labelled) cross section of the eye.  A great way to advertise your business!

mural on the exterior wall of an optometrist's shop showing the parts of the eye in comic form.

below: Two men merged into one. It looks like the original painting was of a man in grey tones. Then someone came along and added their own version in such a way that original eyes now look through glasses and a moustache obscures the mouth.   He also seems to be wearing a space helmet, or some sort of headwear with antennae.

a man on a door,

below: Monk robes

a street art painting of an old bald man with glasses and reddish monk robes

below: Green man with no hair but with a very long arm

street art, upper part of the body of a green man with his arm outstretched horizontally, on a red brick wall

below: Mike left his mark on Surace’s wall

on the side of Surace's store in Balaclava Melbourne, a large graffiti text of the name Mike in fat letters

below: A woman and a bird? by Vexia

a street art painting of a woman in a multicoloured background circle

text street art on the rear of 133, purples and blues

a tree trunk is in front of a mural that features a grey face encircled by a green hoodie

large abstract and text street art on a brick wall, pale blue background

one side of man's face in black and white with red splotches in it, under the face are the words I am the Danger.

artist paper paste-ups

Paste-ups seen on Artist Lane, Windsor (Melbourne) this past weekend.

Artist Lane runs parallel to Chapel St. between Green and Union streets, just north of Windsor station.   It has the highest concentration of good street art that I have seen yet in Melbourne.  I have too many pictures for one blog post.  As a result, have divided it up into sections, paste-ups (paper), stencils, and paintings.  Here are the paste-ups.

below: It’s twenty seconds into 11:50 somewhere in the world.
I wonder what time the alarm is set for?

paste-up paper of an old fashioned round red alarm clock with two gold ringers on the top. The face of the clock has a map on it. the time is 11:50

below: A perfect afternoon to sit and watch the world go by.

on a red brick wall, at second storey level, a large paste-up of a white wood bench with a person sitting on it. The person is wearing white trousers and shoes and a pink shirt.

below: Cans inside of cans inside of cans. Tin Babushka dolls.

small black drawing on white paper paste up of many cans inside each other, each can slightly smaller than the one before it.

below: Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing

A red typewriter stencil by wrdsmith over a poster for False Idols paste-up on a wall. A picture of a man is on the poster along with the words "Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing. But inwardly they are ferocious wolves " A tiny giraffe head is in the top right corner.

below: Spraying on a happy face.

Two paste-ups on a pole, a pink hand on a spray paint can, aiming at a white happy face. Graffiti on walls in the background

below: Flying away.  Spraying only where eagles dare.

three paste ups on a wall with striped spray paint, white, black, red and gold. Small T-shirt, an eagle in flight, and a pink hand holding onto a spray paint can. It looks like the spray is aimed at the eagle.

below: In case of emergency, smile. Put on a happy face.

paste-up in a Melbourne lane of a flat piece of metal screwed to a post with 4 screws, one in each corner and a large round emergency stop button in the middle. The round button has been turned into a yellowish happy face

below: Many words. Many bent and leaning columns at the tipping point.

Many paste-ups on a part of a wall that has been painted orange.

below: Hammer and sickly cover the globe.

Paste-up of two pink hands, one holding a large hammer and one holding a large sickle. A blue globe (map of the world) is behind the hammer and sickle

below: This one is signed, by barek

small cutesy drawing of girl, abstracted a bit.

below: Every T-shirt tells a story, of sailing ships and volcanoes about to blow.

High on a pole, a paste-up of a white T-shirt on which there is a large black and white a detailed bdrawing

below: Watching paint dry, or maybe just thinking about it.

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below: The snail is printed on scrap paper?  or is there significance to the fact that the original purpose of the paper was information about Julius Baer, a Swiss private financial company, and EMA Partners, a company that matches executives with international companies, also based in Switzerland.

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below: with a sigh and a shrug.

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below: Stop on red signal.  If you look closely, you’ll see that there is more to it than that.

A skateboard shaped white paste-up with a drawing of bin Laden overlayed with the words An Eye for An eye blinds us both.

A lot of the above art was done by Phoenix, a Melbourne street artist.
More information about him can be found on his website

day trip to Bendigo

There isn’t much street art in the town of Bendigo – or I was wasn’t in the right part of town.  The five pictures below is all that I saw.

below: You’ve just been given the bird.  Peace.

a white stencil on a blue wall, a dove in flight with an olive branch in its mouth. A hand and arm is made of the words "You have just been given the bird"

below: A supercalifragilistic stencil

black stencil on a light brown wall, Mary Poppins floating upwards with her open umbrella. Her trail is the word supercalifragiliciousexpialidocius.

below: Three women on walls.

black stencil on a stone wall of a woman's head, very large Afro hair style, smiling,

small paper wheatpaste of a blond woman on the door of a small metal box, with a padlock. The paper is peeling a bit and the rust from the box is also on the graffiti

Paper wheatpaste of a woman that is badly faded and peeled off. She is beside some purple spray paint.