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.
An underground London cinema known as “Lambeth Palace” opened by the illusive street artist Banksy was purchased by the Old Vic Theatre Company last year, and looks set to host a series of “innovative and surprising arts events” throughout 2011.
In the years prior to the dawning of the new millenium, there was an intense exitement for what the year 2000 might hold for the world. Science fiction writers have long expressed their visions of the future, while Villemard’s 1910 postcards showcased his vision of life in the year 2000.
Fiona Banner’s recent Harrier and Jaguar exhibition at Tate Britain, featuring two retired fighter planes, captivated the modern art loving audience. But aviation enthusiasts will be shocked to learn that the decommissioned jets may have been sold for scrap.
Urban Ghosts has featured a variety of vehicle graveyards, but Cemitério das Âncoras – the Anchor Graveyard – on Ilha de Tavira in the Algarve region of Portugal, must be one of the most unique and poignant memorials around.
As the creator of “1 Minute Paintings”, gifted spray artist Brandon McConnell must be one of the fastest people in the world in his genre. Watch him at work here, as he creates an other-worldly pyramid against the backdrop of a strange planet in just 58 seconds.
In 2007 American journalist Alan Weisman published his bestselling book “The World Without Us”, a thought experiment exploring the impact on the built and natural environment if humans were to suddenly disappear. Today, with environmental concerns at the forefront of debate, Weisman’s words offer hope and caution.
Bob Van Breda is known for his linear works using only pencils to create gravity-defying sculptures. His pencil art represents a passing epoch, as traditional pencils and paper have given way to laptop computers, iPads and smart phones.
Modern humanoid sculptures don’t come any more mysterious than the Time Guards by Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer, which have a habit of appearing abruptly in public places one day and vanishing the next.
If illustration and character animation are your thing, you’ll love the work of Denis Zilber. This article provides an introduction to Denis’ work, which includes well known household characters alongside his own unique creations.
Google Doodles has come up with the goods again in its latest artistic installment commemorating Thanksgiving 2010. And Google isn’t simply providing a pretty picture in place of its traditional logo!
Quirky place names like Slack Bottom, Crackpot and Drinkers End are a British institution. Inspired by such rural oddities, Dominic Greyer hit the road to track down the most eccentric of them all.
Some parts of our planet are a graveyard of lost civilizations, and you don’t have to travel far to find some vestige of a bygone age. But have you ever considered that, one day, a modern culture might walk among the “ancient” ruins of our own world?
With Halloween behind us for another year, and the ghouls safely back in the box, why not grab a cheap uncarved pumpkin and create your own intricate Jack O’Lantern?
In true Google style, the internet giant has commemorated Halloween with not just one spooky Google Doodle, but five of them. And who better to track down marauding ghosts than Mystery Inc., along with the cartoon’s eponymous scaredy cat hero Scooby Doo.
The Christiania area within Denmark’s capital is a place both reviled and celebrated. It is a controversial community considered a successful social experiment by some, a lawless drug den by others.