big Blu faces

On the corner of Via Della Conce and via del Porto Fluviale in Rome, there is a large mural that Italian street artist Blu painted in 2014.  Many large whimsical faces using most of the 48 windows in the building as eyes now cover the building.

mural in Rome by Blu, on del porto fluviale, of large faces, where the eyes are windows in the buildings,

This building was once a military warehouse, Caserma dell’Aeronautica

mural in Rome by Blu, on del porto fluviale, of large faces, where the eyes are windows in the buildings, brown face in middle

mural in Rome by Blu, on del porto fluviale, of large faces, where the eyes are windows in the buildings,

below: At the corner,  a yellow monkey-like face on the bottom and a white man’s face looking outward from both sides of the building.

mural in Rome by Blu, on del porto fluviale, of large faces, where the eyes are windows in the buildings, at corner with via della conce

below: Spaghetti-like pink hair that almost covers the eyes with a laughing yellow circular face over the door. mural in Rome by Blu, on del porto fluviale, of large faces, where the eyes are windows in the buildings,

below: Pigeons on a ledge on a small side of the building, sitting under a tree.

mural in Rome by Blu, on del porto fluviale, of large faces, where the eyes are windows in the buildings, end of building has a large tree with greenery below, real pigeons sitting on ledge of building

below: A yellow face of bananas and a green face of leaves with pink tea cups in between.

mural in Rome by Blu, on del porto fluviale, of large faces, where the eyes are windows in the buildings, small tree growing in front, green face and yellow face made of bananas

below: A reddish face made of puzzle pieces.

mural in Rome by Blu, on del porto fluviale, of large faces, where the eyes are windows in the buildings, close up of red face made up of puzzle pieces

below: A white faced covered with stubble in the middle of other faces.

mural in Rome by Blu, on del porto fluviale, of large faces, where the eyes are windows in the buildings, red face and white face,

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The whole mural:
Photo credit for the above picture – found online at the Colossal, Nov 23, 2014.  You can see more pictures there as well as more links re Blu’s work.  You can also see how much the mural has faded in five years.

400ml on two walls

In the Gueliz part of Marrakech I saw two walls that were painted by 400ml (aka Hicham Bellaghzal).  The first three pictures show the first wall presented from left to right.

“love love love”

mural by 400 ml, right habd side of mural, bly sitting, large red heart beside him, and rays of light coming from his eyes

“When we haven’t what we like we must like what we have.”

middle section of a mural by 400 ml in Marrakech, a boy in black and grey, back turned, against wall of bright reds and blues with words, love, love, love as well as

“Yesterday I really wanted pizza. Today I’m eating pizza.  Follow your dreams.”

mural with Bart Simpson holding a piece of pizza with words, yesterday I really wanted pizza today I am eating pizza follow your dreams

Nearby is another mural.  If I remember correctly, it’s just off Av Hassan II close to the train station.  Again, from left to right.

a small black horse and a face in profile in a mural

Rocco Morocco and a boy chasing a butterfly.   The love equation.

in a mural, an old man with a can and long orange coat with hood walks away, 1 plus one equals a heart

Urgent eyes

mural in sections, one section has two eyes in black and white surrounded by hearts in red and blue

in a mural, an old man with a can and long grey coat with hood walks away, plus large orange and yellow letters that spell Rocco

Casablanca, at Socrate et Ali Abderrazak

As you walk toward the intersection of Blvd Socrate and Blvd Ali Abderrazak the large murals there come into view.
a man walks along a wide sidewalk, walking towards buildings with large colourful murals

3 large murals at a Casablanca intersection, one in front is woman with many layered face

below: The mural in front is “Facing Forward” and it was painted by Moroccan artist Majid El Bahar; it was part of Sbagha Bagha, an annual street art festival in Casablanca.

large mural of womens faces in different horizontal stripes close up of eye in mural with satelite dishes on the building looking up at large mural from the bottom, womens faces,

The two murals behind the women were painted for Casamouja 2019.  This is an annual “urban art wave” and murals in 5 locations were/are part of this year’s event (between 20 Sept and 25 Nov).  The first location was at this intersection where there were 4 large murals.  Casamouja is a public programme started in 2016 for the promotion of street art in various districts of Casablanca.

In the middle is a mural of a man falling past a white, pink, and red background that was painted by OLDR

a large vertical mural by oldr of a man falling backwards past pink and white clouds. Falling with him is a blue dog, a car, and some logs

below: Falling past the laundry

mural of man falling part of a mural by oldr, a brown hat falling

At the back is a mural of cartoon characters by Moka

a mural of cartoon characters by moka,

a mural of cartoon characters by moka, Homer Simpson and Spongebob Squarepants

a mural of cartoon characters by moka in Casablanca, Inspector Gadget and Spongebob Squarepants

a kiosk covered with ads for coke products in front of a mural of cartoon characters by moka,

Just around the corner are two other murals that were also painted for Casamouja 2019.

below: A young man in football gear, by BAKR,

large mural by bakr of a young man in an orange blue T shirt holding a soccer ball or football, bottom part of mural is behind a fence

below: A mural titled “Back to the Past” by MED, aka Mehdi Zemouri

in a residential area of apartment buildings, a large mural by med in a residential area of apartment buildings, a large mural by med, closer look

Plovdiv street art

While walking around the city of Plovdiv I found a lot of great street art.

below:  A floating candle in the night sky,

mural of a man from behind, one hand behind his back , the other hand in the air just released a candle, or is reaching for the candle

below: Behind the Drama Theatre in Plovdiv, on one of its bright red walls, is a large mural by Bozko. Is this older man in a jester outfit a political statement?

a large mural of an older man in jester outfit, with arms crossed in front of him, make up on his face

below: These red walls were also painted with a large horizontal mural (next three photos).  A woman sleeps among purple flowers.  Is she dreaming of skulls and hands?  Is it a nightmare?

below: As much of the mural as I could get in one photo.

below: Another woman sleeps but with books as her pillow.   Transported into dreamland by the words she’s read.


below: Bloody Romance by Ernaste Nasimo

the story of romance, a mural by ernesto nasimo of a man giving a blue flower to a woman with shoulder length brown hair, on a red background

below: Another painting by Nasimo called “The Chain Rockers”.  It looks like he has just broken the chain with his teeth.  Behind the head is an open book with words written on the pages.  On the left is “raja-vidya raja-guhyam pavitram idam uttamam pratyaksavagamam dharmyam su-sukham kartum avyayam”.  On the right is the partial translation of this Krishna text into English: “This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct”

mural on a wall of the head ans shoulders of an older balding man with beard, moustache, and large white teeth. He has an angry look on his face. his collar is in Bulgarian colours, red, yellow and black. An open padlock is in his beard and a chain runs across the lower par tof his face but it lookslike he has just broken it with his teeth

below: Watermelon seeds make the eyes and nose of the watermelon face… but then he eats the watermelon?  Two paintings by Viktoria Georgieva and Nikolay Bozhinov, aka Mouse and Nikkawhy

two murals side by side, one by mishka the mouse, and the other by aleksi varna. on the left is a watermelon cut open, seeds form a happy face, and the mural on the right is a person in round glasses eating a slice of watermelon

below: A boy with a large black bird painted on a box.

a painting on an electrical box on the street, of a boy with round orange glasses holding a large black bird

below: Four eyes, one of which is the handle for the box.

below: Cupid in browns pointing his arrow at an unsuspecting victim.

a small graffiti piece of a small chubby partially naked cupid with an arrow ready to shoot from his bow.

below: Bare toes, blue jeans, and a striped sweater.  A comb in one pocket and a little critter in the other.

below: Some whimsical, cartoon-like characters on a blue cloud.

small mural of a group of cartoon-like characters standing on a blue cloud, signature is mora.

below: She’s wearing flowers in her hair – is that hair being held up with chopsticks?

mural of a woman with large glasses and two flowers in her hair. she is holding something blue in one hand

below: A very long tongue from a happy frog wraps itself around a dragonfly.

below: My Bulgarian is non-existent so I’m not sure what this says.  Covered in tattoos and puffing on red smoke as he takes a rest on his bike.

mural of a bald man with a mustache on bike with lake and sunset behind him, puffing on red smoke, covered in tattoos,

below: And last, a quiet cup of tea by the mail box in the shadow of little triangular flags hanging across the street.

All in white, like a silhouette, a tall lamp stand with three lamps at the top, a woman sitting beside a table with a tea pot and a vase on it.

altered signs, Madrid

Altered signs in Madrid are the mainly the work of two different artists.  The first is a local that goes by the name Yipi Yipi Yeah, or YYY for short.   The second is Clet Abraham whose work is found in most large European cities.   Searching for these signs can make a game out of walking around a city!

below: A YYY sign, “pais apatrida busca asilo” while wearing a Spain T-shirt that says “Spain is different”.  The words on the white bar translate to “stateless country seeks asylum”

altered yield sign by yipi yipi yeah

below: Another Yipi Yipi Yeah sign with a Spanish theme -this time a crowd is cheering as flour black bulls go after other people.

below: A single matador on the crosswalk with his red cloak leading the way.

 

below: A yield sign becomes cleavage that is barely held together by a couple of pieces of lace.

below: Fishing.  The word is perdigon, a young partridge.  I’m not sure if it part of YYY’s work.

man fishing in the white bar of a do not enter sign

below: Swinging on the one way sign.

one way sign, arrow is a tree with a pink swing

The next few are by Clet Abrahams.

below: A similar sign appears in an earlier post on altered signs in Paris.

dead end sign turned into a crucifix

below: Skateboarding on Calle de Fucar.

below: Black dog pees against white wall.

altered do not enter sign with black dog peeing on the white bar

below: Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou?

below: Chiselling away at the mouth, an artist at work.

altered do not enter sign,man chiseling out a face from stone, white bar as the block of stone

below: Good morning sunshine.

altered do not enter sign, sun rising above the horizon, white bar as the horizon

below: There are a few signs that are the work of an unknown person, including this xenofobia stencil.

below: And last, also by an unknown person, are these eyes watching over the street.

two black eyes on a do not enter sign, plus other stickers too

other altered sign pages:
Florence,
London,
Paris

 

LA women, street art style

A few more photos of street art in Los Angeles.  Photos taken February 2017.

 

On the SB Tower, corner of 6th Street and Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, there is this large mural by Robert Vargas.

by Robert Vargas, large mural of a woman's head in monochrome grey, almost three storeys tall, surrounded by yellow, with a large hand wrapped around the corner of the building, photo taken from diagonally across the intersection. A man in yellow jacket is pushing a cart, a street cleaner, as he starts across the intersection. Other people are waiting for their green light.

below: Not just three women but also a white dove, a red rose, snakes, a soldier in black, a revolver, a pistol, rocks, leaves, and a multitude of colours, shapes and patterns.

part of a larger mural, two women's faces with a man in a black and blue outit between thwm, a white dove is strating to take flight between their foreheads, a pistol is aimed at the dove,

below: Staring from behind the wire.

realistic mural of a woman with short blond face and blue eyes, staring straight ahead, head and neck only, on a black wall, seen from the other side of a wire fence with looped barbed wire across the top.

below: Two women.  A small woman with angel wings and a larger woman in a blue hood who seems to be playing with the car.   When cars park in front of street art and you want to take a picture – well, you’ve got to find a way to make it work, especially if you can’t get back later.

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below: She sees a red book in her crystal ball

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below: I think we can include this one as a picture of a woman.  I can almost hear Lady Liberty saying “Cheers” as she raises her pint of beer.  This paste up is the work of @sellout_tcf

paste up black and white line drawing of the statue of liberty, lady liberty, holding up a yellow coloured beer mug full of beer while holding a large beer keg in the other arm.

Mission Linen Building, west wall, Las Vegas

The old Mission Linen building is at the corner of South 1st Street and Coolidge Avenue in Las Vegas.   Photos taken October 2015.

below: A large mural of the famous ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign dominates the west side of the building.

mural of the famous Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas sign painted on the side of a building

below: The head of a creature with Vegas eyes by New Zealand street artist duo BMD.

graffiti street art on a white wall - front end of yellow creature with big ping pong ball like eyes

below: Cats in love by #Danman

graffiti street art on a white wall - a sticker by Danman of a man and a woman in cat suits. The man has hearts in his eyes and is presenting the woman with some flowers

below:  She seems to be looking at the two faced man.
I wonder what she’s thinking.

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below: Many likes for the fisherman.

graffiti street art on a white wall - two posters, on the right an Indian in native head dress in profile and on the left, a small boat on a big wave

below: Marilyn Munroe in green and a pink haired woman by Typical Bandit

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below:  Street art in the Milk the Bunny series by Omayra Amador.
Bunny is holding a French flag in support of Charlie Hebdo.

graffiti street art on a white wall - a yellow rabbit with a pencil behind its ear, holding up a french flag with the words je suis charlie on it.

below: Another in the Milk the Bunny series

graffiti street art on a white wall - a dog on a cloud with the sun behind, he has pink bunny ears. A wheatpaste by Milk the Bunny

below: The seemingly unhappy entrance to 1001 South 1st Street

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below: El Teacher by Cova along with an Art Saved my Life stencil

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Princelet Street, Shoreditch

Graffiti and street art seen on Princelet Street, another small street in Shoreditch.

A wall covered by street art and graffiti of all kinds – paint, stencils and pasteups – by many different artists.   The children pointing their guns at the jester (pied piper?) is a painting by Otto Schade.  The Muslim woman and white man at Stik people by street artist Stik.   Three black and white posters, top middle, have slogans and pictures of people…. “Greed for oil causes war” features George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden.  “Consumerism causes child labour” features an Asian child and a Barbie like doll.  The third poster talks about debt dependence being addictive and shows a picture of the man from the Monopoly game.

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below: Three portraits.  Two women by voxx flank a gilded framed picture of Karl Lagerfeld by endless.  Mr. Lagerfeld is holding a white cat as well as some Chanel perfume bottles.  For some reason there is a small naked man in the picture too.

three pasteups on a wall, poster size, two by voxx and one in the middle by endless. Karl Lagerfeld is the subject in the endless paste up - with dark sunglasses and a wild patterned jacket, a fancy gold frame is around him,

below: Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil paste-up by buenocaos aka Luis Bueno.

a paste up of a boy reading a book, Neitzsche's Beyond Good and Evil

below: A red head by C3 sits on the ground beside a woman by iljin.

3 paste ups of women on a wall. One is a woman's head and shoulders in blue with short black hair by iljin . One is a multicoloured face. One is a young woman sitting on the ground with her knees up. She has red hair and a heart on her leg, by c3b

below: A ballerina by neoh
a wispy partially abstract painting of a ballerina by neoh

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two street art faces painted on a metal covering over a shop window. One is man's face in beige with brown hair and the other is a stylized face in green with black hair
below: Coming apart on the wall.

two large black and white eyes and a white nose with black outlines, painted on a wall.

below: Savant says to Collapse the Certainties

stencil on a wall. poster sized, words by savant that say Collapse the Certainties.
below: Some very sharp claws… chasing the worm?

Two pieces of street art on a grey metal covering over a shop window. One is an intricately drawn realistic looking yellow bird's foot with long curved talons.
below: And last, a small red figure high on a wall.
It seems to be trying to get something off of its head

a 3 D figure in red attached high up on a wall

 

Woodseer, Shoreditch

Woodseer Street is one of the many little streets that runs off of Brick Lane.   In September 2016 I saw quite a few little stencils and paste ups here (with a few other things).

below: A large Plin face at the end of the street.

painting by street artist plin of a black and white face that is mostly mouth - a large rectangular mouth with a lot of little teeth, two eyes and only a small bit of black hair. On a brick wall by a sign (street sign) that says Woodseer St. E.1. It also has the name in arabic.

below: Another red headed woman by C3 beside a wrdsmith typewriter that will always wonder. Period.

three pieces of street art, a poster with drawing of flower in pink and red with blue background, a red wordsmith typewriter with a page that says I will always wonder. period. and lastly, a girl, standing, almost life sized, with red hair and a red heart on her cardigan.

below: Expect Resistance bomb

coloured paste up of bomb with wings and on the wings is painted a cityscape with river and people in lifeboats, life jackets washed up on the shore

below: On gold coloured paper, two male heads by Mayu_ LA_, one with checkered horns and one with a crown.

two street art paste up posters on gold paper, both drawings of male figures, one with black and white checkerd horns, the other with a crown.

below: Sidewalk stencil, “Find them” by drsc0

sidewalk stencil of mountain, moon and stars in white on blue and purple background, with words, find them, drsc0 '16

below: A simple hand print.

graffiti made of a handprint, hand on brick wall, spray with red, leave make of handprint. SOmeone has written, back to basics above the hand

below: D7606 bottles in primary colours below a two faced man by drsc0 and a skull.

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below: Double yellow, eye beneath.

a small square paste up in yellow with black drawing of an eye
below: A Voxx Romana poster

black and white poster by Voxx Romana, Join the Resistance, a woman's face with elaborate head dress

below: Skating on the crack; boarding on the wire.

little yellow stencil of a person skateboarding, on a brick wall

below: Soldier silhouette by Ben Naz .  He was born in Strasbourg, France in the late 70’s, the son of a Filipino father and a French mother.   His street art career lasted for more than 20 years but sadly was recently ended when he died of cancer.

street art in black of a silhouette of a soldier with weapon on back, looking down at the precipice that he's standing on as it starts to crumble

below: An electric creature, four legs and a tail.

street art paste up of a drawing of an electric plug that has been made into a four legged creature.

below: The layers of interaction.  First there was a man painted on a wall who was standing on the sidewalk.  Now a torn poster covers his mid-section, a poster that is torn, peeling, and written on.  He was a two headed man but that’s not in the photo.

a man painted on a wall, with feet at pavement level, standing, no clothes, then a torn poster on top of it, the someone has written Syria in red on the poster which is torn and peeling off. In the bottom corner there is a small graffiti of a woman's head in profile

below: There was one mural on this street and this is it.  Unfortunately, the signature has been tagged over and is very difficult to read but I’m fairly certain that it says Bicicleta, a Brazilian artist.

mural by bicicletas on a low brick fence on a street, low rise apartments in the background, a bike parked in front.  Bright and bold colours, red, blue, green and orange mostly, abstracted nature scene

below: Broken man on a black pole, even all the hands can’t keep him together – or maybe they’re tearing him apart?

sticker on a black pole, torso and head of a man, looking upward, his body is covered with hands.

below: Another sidewalk stencil.
sidewalk stencil of a young man draped in leopard print fabric

below: Pink eye.

graffiti drawing of a pink eye

below: There are so many people in his head, a paste-up.  At first I thought that it was by Motormannen but they are a music group, not an artist …. and if you look closely that’s actually a sticker that’s been placed on top of the poster.

a brick wall beside a metal gate, behind the gate is a motorcycle, on the brick wall are two street art paste ups, a warning poison label and a poster by M. Torannen of a man with the top of head opened up and four people standing inside.

below: I started this post with a face and I’ll end with one too.  There’s a bit more colour in this one and the mouth’s not quite as big 🙂

street art painting on a brick wall of a large face in red and blue with some whites in the eyes and some white teeth.

Fishers Lane, Fitzroy

Photos taken of the graffiti and street art in Fishers Lane back in February.

below: Welcome to Bali, vol II by BMD, being drawn with a pencil, and it comes complete with a pink earthworm crawling through the mural and the building.

muralby BMD on the upper level of a red brick building. Cigarette box shaped box, front is green with a picture of an little island with one little palm tree and a large earthworm coming out of the sand. a large pencil is seen drawing the picture

below: Garfield gets in on the act too. He’s writing on the walls “Nothing but Trouble”

street art mural of Garfield the Cat holding a marker and writing on the wall, Nothing but Trouble

below: A mural by Drew Funk, Deb and Monkey the roller derby women.

a mural showing two women ready for roller derb

below: Part of the alley, with another mural by Drew Funk in the foreground.

view of a lane with graffiti and street art on both sides

below: Even though this paste up is fraying at the edge, it still looks interesting. The interaction of two people in blank masks.

fraying paste up (large) of two people in blank masks. One is seated. The other is reaching out to him or her, on a brick wall in an alley

below: Four square pieces of wood, each with an insect – or at least I assume that the one on the left once had an insect on it.  The mosaic piece looks like something invader would make, but as far as I know he hasn’t been in Melbourne.  It may also be a character from a video game?

four square pieces of wood mounted on a wall, each with a picture of an insect. Above it is a creature, walking on two legs, made of black and blue mosaic tiles

below: Paste up, a woman in profile, on the open hand of a woman – herself?

small black and white paste up of an open hand holding a round shape with a woman's head in profile in it.

below:  A suited man with a bird in a birdcage instead of a head, at the rear of 285 Brunswick.  It is signed javer.

paper pasteup of a black and white drawing of a man's torso with a birdcage instead of a head. One black bird in the cage. It's on a door with lots of scribbles graffiti and a sign that says 285

below:  Two more javer pasteups.  Another man with a replaced head as well as a misfit woman.

2 paste ups on a boarded up space on a wall. One is a person with a black t shirt with the word Misfits on it. The other is a man sitting on a stool but instead of a head he has the speaker part of an old gramophone

below: One more javer paste-up.  This time it’s all about water, water falling from the sky and small puddles below.  The words written on the background paper are definitions of scientific terms dealing with liquids, terms such as dew point and absolute humidity.

paste up of a black silhouette of a man holding an umbrella and walking through large rain drops.

below: A bird by Sugar, a street artist who likes to paint murals of animals.

mural of a large bird head, light grey head, blue and black beak, brown body feathers, sign by sugar, on a white wall in an alley

below: At first I thought the title of this piece is Lost the Plot, but that’s actually the moniker used by the artist who painted this.

street art in teals and magenta, with words written small in the corner 'Lost the Plot' signature seems to be NCWB

below:  Unfortunately I can’t figure out who the artist is for this one.
a large text street art piece in black, white and red, on a fence,

below: He looks at the world through a different set of lenses.

graffiti and street art on a wall, some scrawls and scribbles but also one man's face, wearing glasses with red and white concentric circles instead of lenses

below: This sad looking girl was hiding in a very narrow space.

paste up of a black drawing on white, a girls head with very long hair looks over the top of a group of high rise buildings, cloud ans round sun behind her

below: A little hummingbird hovering on the wall.

a stencil in teal and black of a hummingbird hovering

below: Another view of the lane.

the backs of buildings in a lane. An old wood fence, with a tree behind it. A taller white building among some shorter buildings. sunny day, blue sky, Melbourne Australia.

below: Babushka dolls paste up

2 large paper paste ups of babushka doll shaped women. One with eyes open and smiling and the other with eyes closed.