BERLIN, Germany - In the Philippine setting, graffiti is still traditionally seen as vandalism, where public property is defaced by random scribbles written by juvenile delinquents, or by protesters writing their political slogans. There are already some instances where companies hire artists to create murals on their buildings’ walls and the walkways of Makati City feature different artistic styles, but graffiti as street art is still a small movement in the country. In contrast, Europe has embraced street art as a medium of expression on a large scale. As Germany celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall last Wednesday, one would marvel at the transformation it has undergone from being a physical and emotional barrier between a divided country to becoming a symbol of unity all over the world. I was only 6 when the wall was torn down, too young to realize the impact of such a global event, but to see the resulting expression of freedom through the art that has … [Read more...] about Street art as an expression of freedom in Germany and the Philippines
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Meira Gebel Detroit Free Press Published 3:40 PM EDT Sep 28, 2018 A barefoot woman pounds her feet into muddy puddles, splashing the ankles of a man dancing next to her wearing a tank top, his skin wet from the rain and shining in the cloudy, diffused light of a full moon. Baby, we can do it Take the time Do it right The S.O.S Band’s 1980 song is playing at twice its original speed, with added bass, like an EDM remix, thumping through speakers as the deejay spinning vinyl discs sings along, her eyes closed. We can do it, baby Do it tonight This is Lincoln Street Art Park’s monthly Full Moon party — a dusk-to-dawn rager filled with music, art, community and party antics. The two owners of the park don’t publicize the event, and don’t want to, other than a Facebook post a couple of hours beforehand, probably because of the party’s ability to swell in size. On a clear, summer night, it can garner thousands, but on a recent rainy Monday, a harvest … [Read more...] about Detroit Full Moon Party: Lincoln Street Art Park draws thousands
Stencilled images in the style of the mysterious British graffiti star began appearing on walls across the French capital last week. All were unsigned, leaving a lingering doubt that they might have been by a imitator. But late Monday the Bristol-based artist posted his latest two Paris murals on Instagram -- neither of which had yet been found by his fans. "Fifty years since the uprising in Paris 1968. The birthplace of modern stencil art," he quipped under a self-portrait as a masked rat carrying a utility knife that he uses to cut out his stencils. READ ALSO: Photo: AFP Cheekily he sprayed it on the back of a road sign outside the Pompidou centre modern art gallery, which houses Europe's biggest collection of contemporary art. Banksy took on the rat as his avatar -- a symbol of the vilified and downtrodden -- in hommage to the Paris street artist Blek le Rat, who started out in 1986 when a … [Read more...] about Banksy confirms Paris street art ‘blitz’ a tribute to rebels of 1968
Neide Bollinger hurried toward the Molly Brown House Museum on a sweltering weekday this month, worried that she may have missed the start of a mid-morning walking tour on Capitol Hill. “I got lost,” she admitted after stopping in front of the mansion at 1340 Pennsylvania St., which looms large in Denver lore. Bollinger, 58, is no tourist. A Brazilian native with dual citizenship, she has lived in the Mile High City with her Colorado-native husband for 13 years, but never explored Capitol Hill on foot. “I learned about this from my students who took it and loved it,” she said after checking in with guide Leslie Wilson, who conducts the 2-mile “If These Walls Could Talk” walking tour on behalf on Historic Denver. Tours aren’t just for tourists, Wilson said. More than half of the people she leads are from within the city, while half learn about it from flyers, websites and other marketing resources such as denver.org. “I became a tour … [Read more...] about Denver tours: Are they still the best way to see the city’s history, architecture, street art and more?
<>A look at Ratio Beerworks' commissed piece by Blaine Fontana during a Rebel Tours stop on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in Denver's RiNo neighborhood. (Sierra Voss, Special to The Denver Post) A 10-foot-tall cartoon mural of a doofy man walking an awkward fish on a leash hangs over a mass of morning-after millennials crowding into Crema. Painted by Denver’s Michael Graves, the mural on the chic RiNo cafe is one of dozens of pieces of street art — not graffiti, as Graves would remind me — spattered on the ‘hoods walls, loading docks and food trucks that give it its flavor. But if these murals are art, what’s their story? Without placards or a curator, appreciating these compositions — or even finding them — can be a challenge. Enter Cori Anderson, a 27-year-old who last year founded Rebel Tours, a guided showcase of Denver’s fast-growing and criminally underserved street art scene. For $20, Anderson turns Santa Fe, downtown or RiNo into … [Read more...] about Denver street art tours turn neighborhoods into open-air galleries ripe for exploration