Two women, one at each end, reaching for the sun in the middle. Their hands and fingers are loosely wrapped by a vine that is also reaching for the sun.
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Another J-DEF Peace Project mural in Pilsen, this time on the brick wall beside a small park on Allport Street.
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.
below: This large mural dominates the intersection of East 156th and Waterloo.
below: Hundreds of faces linked together
below: Pop Life building
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.
below: Treasure has left his/her mark
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.
below: A barber with bling in the city.
below: All Ways, by Lynnea Holland-Weiss
below: A messy pile of opened foldaway chairs.
below: Abstract lines and shapes form an archway.
below: Part of mural by Nick Mann, 2013 (2 photos)
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.
below: The Waterloo Arts building.
below: The mural on the side of the Waterloo Arts building…
below: … and the words that go with it.
“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″
These two people stand side by side on a wall part way up the hill to the Acropolis.
I don’t know which artist is responsible for the black and white (pasteup?) at the bottom but the details in their work are wonderful even if a lot has been painted over (or is that what they looked like originally?). I like the texture of the stockings as well as the mix up in the gender – hands too big for her, shoes not right for him.
More Buffalo NY street art
below: On the side of Lorigo’s Meating Place on Grant Street, a large mural featuring many people that was installed in 2013. This is “Grant Street Global Voices”; it was created by muralist Augustina Droze with help from students at International School 45 and Lafayette High School. Eighty panels were put together to form the mural – and unfortunately a couple of them seem to have fallen down.
below: Also on Grant Street is another community mural… The PUSH mural by Max Collins and others, named for the fact that it is over the entrance to PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing) center.
below: A large octopus swims close by on this door.
A supersized creature for a supersized door.
below: Unicorn! But behind a fence.
below: It was the interesting architectural detail over the door that first caught my eye. Then I notice the words, “diez anos como un roble cayendo” Ten years like an oak falling?
below: A flute player plays to a parking meter. A Buffalo parking meter of a type that is long gone from Toronto streets.
below: Sweetness cafe is the scene of at least three pieces of street art, starting with this woman who smiles at those of us who look up from the sidewalk. I also like the white mugs hanging from the awning.
below: The door next door has been re-done but that involved removing the face of this paste-up. A facelift gone awry.
below: But this painting is still on the wall of the Sweetness Cafe.
below: And we’ll end with the trash. He’s looks happy to take care of your garbage.
Added note, Sonder is a band from Buffalo
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.
below: Another red headed woman by C3 beside a wrdsmith typewriter that will always wonder. Period.
below: Expect Resistance bomb
below: On gold coloured paper, two male heads by Mayu_ LA_, one with checkered horns and one with a crown.
below: Sidewalk stencil, “Find them” by drsc0
below: A simple hand print.
below: D7606 bottles in primary colours below a two faced man by drsc0 and a skull.
below: Double yellow, eye beneath.
below: A Voxx Romana poster
below: Skating on the crack; boarding on the wire.
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.
below: An electric creature, four legs and a tail.
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.
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.
below: Broken man on a black pole, even all the hands can’t keep him together – or maybe they’re tearing him apart?
below: Another sidewalk stencil.
below: 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.
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 🙂
Belfast is home to more than 250 murals. Most of them are political or historical in nature and concern the recent “Troubles” in Northern Ireland’s past. But there are other murals in this city, and other street art. This post features some of the apolitical murals that I saw late in September of 2016.
below: A large mural by Smug One on High Court Street (One of his murals previously seen in Melbourne – Smug on Wood Street)
below: Keep Her Lit, keep the furnace in your heart burning, keep the fire alive.
below: These fingers are pointing at you in a mural by EMIC. 3D glasses are available in Sunflower, which is a store across the street. It’s difficult to take a photo in 3D!
below: This blue woman looms over one of the smaller streets in downtown Belfast.
below: Fighting with swords while a dead (or injured) dog lies on the floor. Surreal?
below: The vertical painting in browns is done by KVLR
below: A mural by Kashink who is an artist from Paris. She has painted in many cities around the world and some of her work can be seen in Montreal.
below: A colourful dog by Verz, a local artist.
below: A mural showing streets at night, lights and reflections, by Dan Kitchener
below: One of the hazards of taking pictures of street art is the usual presence of parked cars. They get in the way. A lot. Sometimes you just have to make them part of the composition.
below: And then there are the times when the cars are just in the way and there’s no way around it. This black bird was painted by Spanish artist Sabek. It would be nice to think that the arrow is aimed right at the car roof and that it missed the bird.
below: Continuing the bird and arrow theme is this mural titled “The son of Protagoras” by MTO (French born, now Berlin based). The mural is located in the yard of Northern Ireland War Memorial. Note the markings on the arrows. Protagoras (about 490 – 420 BC) was a Greek philosopher; he was either an agnostic or an atheist.
below: This snake and arrow mural was painted in 2015 as part of the ‘Hit the North’ event when 30 murals were painted in Belfast. Some of the other murals in this blog post were painted then. If you watch this video on youtube you might recognize them!
below: A fantastical dragon creature in purple and orange walks along the pavement.
below: A cockatoo by Dan Leo sits high on a wall, brightening up the side of a building.
below: On the fence beneath the cockatoo is this mural. It seems to be a deer hunt? The woman and her dog are chasing the deer? Or running with the deer?
below: A Faigy mural, The owl doll Millies
below: A wonderful portrait of a man by DREPH. I saw a few slices of bread with feet… The signature on the side of the bread seems to say Artista. The himbad signature on the left goes with the cat in the picture below
below: Himbad cat, wide open mouth and many sharp teeth!
below: Now it’s Puinsai Hawaii at any time.
below: On the Restore Charity Shop, a woman by Emic.
below: ‘LOST’, a man with harp antlers and a pink nose, two lonely whiskers and a grille over his mouth. My apologies for the fact that the quality of the photo is such that the smaller words are illegible. I think that what is lost is dip-py but could be dup-py.
below: More pasteups. A Citizen Nobody poster is surrounded by other pasteups in various states. “The will to consume terrorises you.”
below: Ireland is not full of leprechauns. There is one on this wall but I didn’t see too many others, real or otherwise! There were no pots of gold either. I saw a few nuns though including this one by David Creative.
below: Pull up a mattress and make yourself comfortable.
below: A mural or an ad?