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Li-Hill’s Large-Scale Murals Resemble Ghostly Projections of Angels, Birds, and Foxes 

hill01Rise And Fall | Aerosol on Concrete, approx: 62’x62′, Berlin, 2015. Photo by Sabine Winge via Street Art Germany

In his towering public murals, Canadian visual artist Li-Hill paints ghostly depictions of angels, fencers, and animals with a sweeping sense of motion and energy. The works’ transparent strokes seem to be frozen in mid-air, the lightness emanating from the works causing the murals to appear more like projections than painted figures.

In his large-scale pieces Li-Hill merges graffiti, graphic design, painting, and drawing to create complex images, often revealing an unsettling nature within his paused narratives. Li-Hill hopes to represent the effects that capitalist culture can have on the individual, and in his artist statement he explains “the work mirrors the perception of the westerner attempting to comprehend, disentangle and redress. Born out of suppression, it becomes a manifestation portraying the skewed image of the imprint our culture has globally.”

The Brooklyn-based artist studied Fine Arts at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario and has had works shown in several national institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire. You can see more of Li-Hill’s ghostly murals in the new book Mural XXL by Thames & Hudson, and on his Instagram here.



Casting Shadows | Aerosol on Brick, approx. 9’x8′, Brooklyn, 2015

Fox | Aerosol + Latex on Wood, approx: 14’x9′, Toronto, 2014

Nothing Wild 2 | Aerosol + Latex on Brick, approx. 10’x32′, Brooklyn, 2015

Nothing Wild 1 | Aerosol + Latex on Brick, approx. 10’x32′, Brooklyn, 2015

Rise & Fall

Deacon Of Dark River | Aerosol + Latex on Plaster, approx. 26’x39′, Reykavijk, 2015


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A Dire Evolutionary Timeline by ‘Blu’ on the Streets of Italy 


Artist Blu (previously) recently finished work on this staggering mural in Italy depicting a timeline of natural history from the tiniest single-cell creatures at the bottom, through the evolution of dinosaurs and mammals, up to the age of humans. The rainbow-hued evolutionary path eventually crumbles under its own weight, devoid of color, with images of industry and war. You can see a few more views on StreetArtNews.




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Hordes of Silhouettes Form Trees and Other Figures in New Murals from David de la Mano & Pablo Herrero 


Artist collaborators David de la Mano & Pablo S. Herrero have unveiled mural after mural this year from Winter Haven, Florida to Gdansk, Poland. The duo uses only black paint to create elaborate silhouetted figures of trees, whales, and human forms. You can see much more of their recent work here. (via Colossal Submissions)









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Humorous Street Signs and Other Contextual Street Art Interventions by Michael Pederson 


Across the urban cityscape of Sydney, in parks, suburban streets, and industrial zones, you’re likely to encounter a plethora of signs and placards while going about your day: warnings, traffic regulations, helpful guides, and city services. But, look closer, and you might find an intervention by artist Michael Pederson who delights in creating humorous and thoughtful signs that blend into the city backdrop. Pederson makes use of pre-existing elements like park benches or abandoned furniture to share messages meant to snap a viewer out of their daily routine and see the world from a more contemplative or even childlike perspective, if only for a moment. You can see more of his installations dating back to 2012 on his Tumblr. (via Lustik, Junk Culture)










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New Murals and Art Installations at ‘Life is Beautiful’ 2015 

Pixel Panco

Ana Maria

LAS VEGAS — Last month, walls across an area of Old Las Vegas were covered in murals and installations by over 15 artists ahead of the third annual Life is Beautiful music and art fest. Curated by Charlotte Dutoit of JUSTKIDS, the works included pieces by several artists seen lately here on Colossal including Bordalo II, Bikismo, Ana Maria, D*FACE, Pixel Pancho, Filthy Luker, 1010, and Ruben Sanchez. Even Banksy’s famous All City waterfall truck made an appearance.

The Life is Beautiful festival is just one part of the ambitious Downtown Project, an endeavor backed heavily by Zappo’s Tony Hsieh as a means of fostering entrepenurship, creativity, art, and innovation in the Old Vegas area. Long after the festival’s stages and speakers are packed away, the 30+ cumulative murals over the last three years have made the area an easily walkable destination for lots of great street art—a welcome distraction for many from the overwhelming attractions nearby.

In addition to murals the event also included an entire abandoned motel transformed into an ‘Art Motel’ by APEX, talks from the likes of Bill Nye and Rosario Dawson, and plenty of food provided by a swarm of local chefs.

You can see more images from the event over on Complex and StreetArtNews. Photos courtesy Rom Levy.


Bordalo II


Filthy Luker

Ruben Sanchez


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Audiovisual Tricycles by ‘VJ Suave’ Project Animations on the Streets of Rio de Janeiro 

Pay attention folks, interactive public art doesn’t get much better than this. Artist duo Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga of VJ Suave designed these pheonomenal audiovisual tricycles lovingly called “Suaveciclos” that they use to project original animations on almost any nearby public surface. The São Paulo-based artists pack these hefty trikes to the gills with all manner of batteries, laptops, speakers, and high-powered projectors so they can roll through the night with crowds in tow as their animations spring to life against the urban backdrop. Using the on-board computers, Marotta and Soloaga are able to manipulate the videos in real-time to play certain animations tailored to different environments, creating unpredictable moments between space, audience, and art.

Over the last year or so VJ Suave have pedaled their bikes through Russia, Germany and Switzerland, but I think a few more cities are in order? Make it happen. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)










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Glistening Snail Shells Painted on a Crumbling Croatian Facade by ‘Lonac’ 




Croatian artist Lonac recently finished work on this trio of snails painted on a dilapidated building in his hometown of Zagreb. Titled “Xenophora,” the mural depicts three photorealistic carrier snails pinned to the edges of the old building creating a compelling contrast between old and new. The piece was created for the Rendezvous Festival and you can see more views and process shots on his website. (via StreetArtNews)

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