(All images by Filthy Luker, reproduced with permission)
Filthy Luker’s work takes the form of the playful and surprising. Giant tentacles burst from buildings, enormous pencils draw lines through concrete and huge eyes peer out from roadside trees. Known as the ‘Street Attack’ series, these eye-catching sculptures have put the fun back into the increasingly politicized work of street artists.
His ‘Street Life’ series is aptly named, as everyday scenes are transformed into living things through his artwork. By adding faces to public doorways, grit bins and plants, Luker creates larger than life images to make viewers jump and laugh at the same time.
In collaboration with Red Stripe, Luker created a giant playable game of Space Invaders on the side of Manchester’s city hall. Using road barriers which were linked with electronic sounds and lights, the recycled art installation is able to be played through a button located in a lit-up street sign. Part of the ‘Make With a Red Stripe’ series from the beer brand, Filthy Luker talks about his inspiration for the piece on his website:
“The installation was all about finding stuff in everyday life to work with and making good of it. That kind of thing is right up my street as an attitude for how I like to make things.”