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The Good of the Hive: Artist Matthew Willey Travels the World to Paint 50,000 Bees 

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In an effort to raise awareness about the plight of the humble honey bee, New York-based artist Matt Willey founded the Good of the Hive Initiative, an ambitious project to personally paint 50,000 bees in murals around the world. The number itself isn’t arbitrary, it takes about that many bees to sustain a healthy beehive. So far Willey has completed 7 murals including a large piece at the Burt’s Bees headquarters, and he keeps meticulous notes about the number of bees in each piece which he shares on his website.

For more info you can read an interview with the artist at the Center for Humans and Nature website, and follow his progress on Instagram. And for more bee-centric murals, also check out London-based artist Louis Masai Michel’s similar Save the Bees project. (thnx, Laura!)

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A Deranged Building Facade on the Streets of Barcelona by Penao 

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Photo © Joab Jackson

Here’s a fun piece by Penao that appeared last year in Barcelona. The artist utilized windows and holes in the side of an abandoned building to create a maniacal face. The mural is part of the Murs Lliures project that helps pair artists with available urban spaces for the creation of public art. If you liked this, also check out more facade faces by Nomerz. (via StreetArtNews, Digerible)

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Photo © Brodbus

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Site-Specific Street Interventions by Ernest Zacharevic 

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Interacting with the urban architecture of international cities he visits, street artist Ernest Zacharevic (previously here and here) playfully intervenes with structures of both large and small scale. These site-specific works often feature children— either climbing buildings or playing make-believe with abandoned tractors, paper boats, and rusted piping. Zacharevic’s latest interventions have taken him across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, making stops in Iceland, Norway, and Poland.

“Zacharevic sees his work as an experience rather than an object,” said Pow! Wow! Long Beach who recently curated his work into the multi-media exhibition “Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension.”  “He takes time to study the audience as much as the subjects of his work. Directing the possible encounters of the people who see his work and the artwork is a game and a challenge that he enjoys.”

“Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension” runs through October 16, 2016 at the Long Beach Museum of Art. You can see more of his worldwide murals and interventions on his Instagram and website. (via Street Art Utopia)

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Nature-Based Animations Projected on São Miguel Island by VJ Suave 

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Artists Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga of VJ Suave (previously) were recently invited to participate in the Walk&Talk art residency on São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. The duo transformed their projected street art animations to happily dance across the trees, cliffs, and shores of the the island including the Lagoa das Empadadas, Porto da Ribeirinha, Cachoeira do Cabrito and Lagoa das Sete Cidades. Using long exposure, VJ Suave captured their interventions with nature, creating the videos and GIFs seen here.

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Giant Starling Mural in Berlin by Collin van der Sluijs and Super A 

Netherlands-based artists Super A (previously) and Collin van der Sluijs (previously) teamed up earlier this year to paint this phenomenal mural titled Starling on the side of a residential building in Berlin. The 137-foot-tall mural piece depicts a large bird whose ornate chest is comprised of a dense patchwork of glistening jewels and plants. Starling was created at the invitation of Urban Nation as part of the One Wall Mural Project. All photos by Nika Kramer. (via StreetArtNews, BerlijnBlog.nl, Urban Nation)

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JR Installs Giant Athletes Interacting With the City of Rio 

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French artist JR just unveiled two new works in Rio ahead of the 2016 Olympics that depict enormous athletes interacting with the city. The first depicts Cologne-based, Sudanese high jumper Mohamed Younes Idriss hurdling over a 25-story apartment complex in city’s center. “He missed out on qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics but he is there somehow,” says JR. The second piece is an unidentified diver suspended above the water in Rio’s Barra neighborhood.

The installations utilize a new technique for JR that sees his signature use of photography printed on giant sheets of fabric attached to scaffolds. From comments on Instagram it sounds like we may get to see a few more of these over the next few days. (via StreetArtNews, Phaidon)

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