These Evocative Street Murals are Transforming Public Spaces

Street art makes us ask: who owns public spaces?

Nov 10, 2015
Distinctive street art by Os Gemeos

Distinctive street art by Os Gemeos (Facebook

The world of street art is rapidly changing. While it was once largely dismissed as vandalism, and the artists behind it as petty criminals, today, street artists are gaining legitimacy for revitalizing and reclaiming public space. Street art has a civic purpose, as it makes us question - who owns the public area around us? Street art is also considered revolutionary in that it bypasses the authority of the art world - galleries and curators - and instead demands to speak directly with its audience - passersby. Street art can revitalize dilapidated urban spaces, express dissent, ask difficult questions and pose political concerns.

1. NATALIA RAK, POLAND

Natalia Rak is an emerging street artist from Poland. A few years ago Rak began to delve into the world of street art, producing nuanced portraits that took up entire sides of buildings.

 

"The Legend of giants"Folk on the Street Białystok, 2013http://nataliarak.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-legend-of-giants.html

Posted by Natalia Rak on Friday, September 27, 2013

2. ELLA & PITR, FRANCE

Ella & Pitr are a duo of street artists from Paris who have become famous for painting sleeping giants all across the world. Their canvases are always either rooftops or large patches of ground, and their work has been seen in Canada, Italy, Portugal and Chile, among other places.

Les Rois d'en bas de la rue Notre Dame. Montréal !Merci Côme (Little Lab) !

Posted by Ella & Pitr on Monday, June 15, 2015
 
 

La mamie de Valparaiso... Ella & Pitr / Chili.

Posted by Ella & Pitr on Thursday, March 6, 2014

Recently, the duo became famous for painting the world’s largest mural in Norway.
 

 

3. WILD DRAWING, GREECE

The artist behind Wild Drawing hails from Bali but currently makes his home in Athens. With degrees in Fine Arts and Applied Arts, Wild Drawing has been working as a street artist since 2000. Through his work, WD is able to communicate with passersby about an issue that is near and dear to his heart - that of reappropriating public space.

Mother NatureAthens 2013

Posted by WD street art on Sunday, May 12, 2013

Break time!Athens Greece 2015instagram.com/wd_wilddrawing

Posted by WD street art on Thursday, November 5, 2015
 

Unconditional LoveNaxos isl. Greece 2015instagram.com/wd_wilddrawing

Posted by WD street art on Thursday, September 24, 2015

4. OS GEMEOS, BRAZIL

Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo are the twin brother duo from Brazil behind Os Gemeos, which literally means ‘The Twins’ in Portuguese. They are most famous for a series of distinctive characters (pictured below) that they have painted all over the world, usually on buildings in the form of large murals.

 

Foto: Vancouver Biennale / OSGEMEOS

Posted by Os Gemeos on Thursday, September 4, 2014
 

Nova Embaixada do Brasil em Minsk/ Belarus.-New Embassy of Brazil in Minsk / Belarus.#vulicabrasil #вуліцабразіл #осджемеос @montana_colors ✨

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