From traditional to avante-garde, art is a ubiquitous component of the urban landscape. Taking a broad definition of “urban art”, Urban Ghosts features a wide variety of unique works from thought-provoking individuals, with a focus on recycled art created from discarded objects – which fits neatly with our coverage of the abandoned and the re-purposed.
First came the mobile park tacked onto the end of a CTA train on the Chicago Transit system. Then the Mobile Garden concept was moved inside, transforming the interior of a rail car into a living, green oasis.
Old blue – and in some cases multicoloured – police boxes are a ubiquitous if often unnoticed fixture of the Edinburgh streetscene – like this “Police Box Art Gallery” in the city’s Old Town.
A couple of weeks ago while wandering around our local abandoned railway station – Dalry Road in Edinburgh – I came across this strange image on the path. Any ideas what (if anything) it represents?
In 1895 an accident occurred at the Parisian railway station Gare Montparnasse that has been referenced in art, education and pop culture throughout the 20th century. Here it’s recreated at Steam World in Brazil.
Since the dawn of fiction, writers have loved creating their own cities, from Plato to Italo Calvino and Stephen King. Here are ten of the greatest fictional cities ever conceived.
At over 65 miles in length, the Stockholm metro has been described as the world’s longest art gallery. But it’s not just the artwork – present in 90 of the 100 subway stations – that makes this transport network so unique.
Chances are you’ll never get a close look, but this pole-mounted F-117 Nighthawk is notable as the only complete production Stealth Fighter on display – sort of!
Of all the world’s landscapes, the weirdest are undoubtedly the ones we’ve built ourselves. Since the dawn of film, directors have been fascinated by the potential of our cities to hide unusual stories.
This modded foam dart blaster may look like a decorated toy gun to the untrained eye. But the sophisticated toy is an appropriate subject for steampunk modification.
The US government is notoriously obstructive about allowing members of the public near its fleet of mothballed Stealth Fighters. So artist Zaq Landsberg built his own full scale wooden mock-up.
This ‘crashed’ Boeing 747 – used as a movie prop in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 adaptation of War of the Worlds – is a former All Nippon Airways Jumbo Jet bought by Universal Studios and transported to LA at a cost of $2 million USD.
The ‘Animal House’ is one of several properties within a two-block area of Detroit’s East Side decoratively adorned with discarded objects as part of urban interventionist art installation the Heidelberg Project.
The idea of a steampunk train isn’t exactly new. Indeed, as the Industrial Revolution demonstrated, the concept was a good one that revolutionised transportation. But what about a steampunk station?
We’ve all seen post-apocalyptic visions of the end of the world, from disaster art to cities devoid of life. Now, artist James Chadderton has brought the apocalypse to England, laying waste to the great northern city of Manchester.
The Wuppertal Northern Railway in Germany was closed in the late 1990s. Since then, groups have looked for exciting new ways to engage the space. Enter street artist MEGX, creator of this unique ‘LEGO’ bridge.