If you happen to have been wandering around Tennozu Isle this past week, you may have noticed a big change. The somewhat drab little island of office buildings and factories has been distinctly enlivened by a series of large public murals courtesy of an international group of artists known as POW! WOW!
Street art is a way of describing random art that pops up on the…boulevard. Most countries have it, and while most cities would prefer to keep it off the streets, it definitely provides a city with some character.
Although not that common in Japan, it does show up from time to time. A city in Nagano has been experiencing a bit of unlawful artistry and it has been going on for the past four years! Could Japan have their own version of infamous street artist Banksy? You can call this slow-working artist by their new name, “RiverBanksy“!
Street art, whether it draws criticism or praise, is widely ephemeral in nature. After appearing overnight on a blank wall or beside a forgotten drainpipe, once it makes its début in a public space, street art belongs to the community and the elements, where it’s free to be defaced, altered or torn away at any given moment.
The fleeting beauty of the art form was seen in Shanghai recently, where a number of large-scale murals by French street artist Julien Malland were destroyed almost as soon as they were discovered. Join us as we take a look at the before and after photos of some of his beautiful works, now gone but captured forever on camera.
Some rather peculiar, sticker-altered street signs have been popping up in Osaka or Kyoto over the last month. The eye-catching addendums are the work of French guerrilla artist Clet Abraham, who has done similar projects around the globe. While local residents are largely bemused, the police are not at all amused and are investigating whether charges can be filed.
There are aspects of city life that people don’t want to draw attention to. Quick, what do you think of when you read “sewer”? Those who thought of the entrance to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lair, we know what generation you’re from! Most likely though you thought of waste and sewage, something that every city probably wants you to ignore! Most places don’t want to draw attention to what is hidden underneath the manhole cover, but RocketNews24 has shown you before that Japan isn’t one of those countries. China on the other hand doesn’t have a custom sewer cover industry. Their billions of manhole covers are destined to be boring slabs of cast iron.
Or are they….???
As part of The Fourth Qianmen Historical & Cultural Festival, the streets of China’s capital city have been transformed this month by a group of talented artists. Using the pavement and plain stone walls as canvases, the artists have produced an array of incredible 3-D paintings that is wowing both tourists and locals alike, with photos of the jaw-dropping work being shared all across Asia. Check out some of the coolest street art we’ve ever seen after the jump.