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.
Urbex images are visually compelling in their own right, but French urban explorer Bousure has gone a step further, adding ghostly figures to his photographs of an abandoned mansion.
Artist Gaëlle Villedary created this beautiful turf grass carpet, which winds through the French village of Jaujac, to celebrate ten years of its annual arts and nature trail programmes.
Rain-soaked streets and heavy skies are enough to send most of us running for shelter. But that’s when photographer Christophe Jacrot heads outdoors.
The Braddock Mosaic Park – the brainchild of sculptor James Simon – saw the transformation of an abandoned lot into a stunning urban space, adopting recycled materials and harnessing the creativity of local youth.
With many now being phased out across Britain, the iconic red telephone box has been repurposed as libraries and toilets and transformed into recycled art.
Near the Rhyolite ghost town in Nevada’s Mojave Desert stands a strange museum, boasting one of the most evocative art installations of the American west – The Last Supper.
Standing on Great Eastern Street in London, a glance several metres above eye level with reveal two recycled Tube trains, now the sustainable studios of Village Underground.
Oxford-based guerrilla gardener Pete Dungey creates pothole gardens to highlight the extensive problem of surface imperfections on Britain’s roads.
These amazing “bonsai buildings” are the brainchild of Takanori Aiba, who designed them based on his experience of working as an art director for architectural spaces.
This recycled art installation in Athens, Georgia is at once ironic, humourous and functional – a retired school bus transformed into a bus shelter, incorporating the seats of an Atlanta city bus.
For 25 years, the Heidelberg Project has transformed two rundown blocks in Detroit into a recycled art installation, empowering communities to save forgotten neighbourhoods.
Using black paper, flour and layers of mould, Daniele Del Nero has created miniature versions of forgotten houses which look every bit as haunting as their real-life counterparts.
By creating these amazing miniature ‘urbex sets’, Lori Nix has bridged the gap between the unknowable history of abandoned buildings and the human ability to create art from them.
Susan Stockwell creates unique pieces of recycled art from unusual materials, crafting impressive sculptures which are both thought-provoking and impressive to look at.
Even thriving communities are plagued by potholes that local authorities never seem to fix. Enter pothole gardener Steve Wheen, who puts a decidedly floral spin on the concept of urban interventionism.