below: Looking across al. Jana Pawlla II in central Warsaw.
It was twelve years ago, 2010, that Italian artist Blu painted this large mural.
There are lots of soldiers going through the motions of war and combat but they are all being controlled by strings. Their green helmets have holes in the top to make room for the string.
The picture below clearly shows the puppet strings controlling the actions of the larger than life sized men. Strings on the tops of their heads as well as around the hands and feet.
Another piece of the puzzle fits into place – the symbol on the helmet is that of the euro. Money. What wars are fought over. Capitalism. What pits one group of people against another. Agree? or disagree?
Or rather, the street art of endless. Whenever I see, or think about, his street art, the song ‘Endless Love’ as sung by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross comes into my head. Not quite the vision that should be inspired by his work especially since a lot of his images involve weapons, big weapons.
below: No sign of guns in this one though… Queen Elizabeth with hard hat on, ready to work.
Another image that endless uses a lot is a coke can.
below: I don’t think the wonderful picture of the soldier on horseback is by endless.
below: This paste-up was on a wall on Blackall Street.
As I have walked around Melbourne, I have seen a number of paper paste-ups by street artist baby guerilla. I’ve collected the photos that I have taken of these paste-ups in the past month and put them in one blog post. Some of these photos have appeared in previous posts.
below: In downtown Melbourne near a construction site.
below: McLean Alley, just around the corner from the above picture.
below: ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ 2015. Part of the Big West Festival. A woman is holding a soldier in one hand and a helicopter in the other. Located in Footscray.