Starting in 2010, Long Beach’s arts council, city hall, and the now discontinued California Redevelopment Agency came together to commission a distinctive new project. They looked around the city, and found that there were a large number of plain white electrical boxes, about 6 feet tall and 3 feet by 3 feet around. Instead of leaving these boxes a dull ugly white, why not hire local artists to paint unique works of art on each of them?
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by Francesco Draisci
“Like giant poppy flowers (3.5m), a surreal red and pink forest of thin poles topped by 100 umbrellas, marked an urban-green spot (5m x 10m) in St James’ Church Garden in Clerkenwell, offering shaded comfort, away from the city frantic pace.Symbolising urban transformation and the awakening of spring, red foam-clad scaffolding components formed a glamorous example of reversible public environment.”
"I frequently visit René Hurtado - a fisherman who lives in a tiny house on a beach in Cabo de San Román. For years, I was obsessed with its façade made out of rotten and grey wood pieces! In one of my trips to the beach, I suggested him to make a chromatic intervention to his façade. Once I painted it, the remote house was transformed into an enormous canvas full of colours, which were immersed within this beautiful landscape having the sea as background."
Street artist Flix talks with us about his work in Caracas and beyond in our new post
“My experience on the street dates back to 2003, when the Iraq war started. I decided to make some stickers containing messages against the Iraq conflict and others in favour of peace. At the same time, I wanted to place other elements on the street, such as hybrids of different ancestral cultures and characters related to robotics. They were my first totem robots.”
Caracas street artist Flix talks to us about his work
These trees have camouflage down to a science.