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Flowing Swarms of Animals and Other Beasts Painted on Urban Walls by ‘Pantonio’ 

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Portuguese street artist Antonio Correia aka Pantonio depicts fluid swarms of fish, birds, and other creatures as they interweave dramatically on the sides of buildings. His use of black and blue paint to form sinuous lines evoking water or muscle lends a distinct sense of motion to each piece as it cascades several stories down the sides of a building or through a room. The Lisbon-based artist often portrays creatures found in the Tagus river that flows through Portugal including sardines, cod, octopus, as well as ropes and boats. You can see more of Pantonio’s recent work on Global Street Art, or on Illusion.

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Residential Murals Mix Signature Street Art Styles With Elements of Island Life 

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Mural by Seth Globepainter, image provided by Arrested Motion

Recently several street artists including Gorg One, Seth Globepainter, and Meo gathered for a street art festival on Reunion Island to turn the La Rose des Vents neighborhood into a mural haven, covering many of its large walls in representational depictions of children, elephants, and sea creatures. The hosting island is a French region located just east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, an exotic location for the festival put on by the Ville Musée.

The participating artists slightly tweaked their own street art styles to include hints of island flair, some even painting images of the local inhabitants on their designated walls. Seth Globepainter brought his signature trompe l’oeil subject matter of children peering over the tops of buildings (previously featured here) to the side of one residence, while also including a collaged depiction of the ethnically diverse island on another facade. You can see more Reunion Island murals on the festival’s Facebook page here. (via Arrested Motion)

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Mural by Gorge One, image provided by Arrested Motion

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Mural by Seth Globepainter, image provided by Arrested Motion

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Mural by Fabien Fontaine, image provided by Street Art Reunion Island Facebook page

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Mural by Meo, image provided by Arrested Motion

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The Audubon Mural Project Attracts 314 Endangered Birds to the Facades of Manhattan 

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Endangered Harlem, by Gaia

Since October 2014, the streets of Upper Manhattan have become an unexpected destination for rare sightings of some 314 endangered birds. The Audubon Mural Project is a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and Gitler &_____ Gallery to commission murals of climate-threatened birds surrounding the old neighborhood of John James Audubon.

So far 20 artworks have been painted on storefronts, building facades, window panels, and retractable security grates. The number of species depicted isn’t arbitrary, it reflects a report from last year highlighting 314 birds most threatened by climate change. The growing list of involved artists includes Gaia, Iena Cruz, Hitnes, Lunar New Year, and many others. You can learn more about the artworks and the birds depicted in them, including a map of where to find them, on the Audubon Mural Project Website.

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The Swallow-tailed Kite mural contains 12 other climate-threatened species. The church tower to the right of the mural is the location of John James Audubon’s final resting place. Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

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Swallow-tailed Kite and other birds by Lunar New Year. Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

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Black-chinned Hummingbird, by Ashli Sisk. Photo: Mike Fernandez/National Audubon Society

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American Redstart, by James Alicea. Photo: Mike Fernandez/National Audubon Society.

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Bald Eagle, by Peter Daverington. Photo: Camilla Cerea and Mike Fernandez/National Audubon Society.

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Tricolored Heron by Iena Cruz. Photo: Mila Tenaglia.

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Fish Crow by Hitness

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New Works from Banksy at the The Jungle Refugee Camp in Calais 

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Based on an update to his website this morning it appears Banksy visited the Jungle Refugee Camp in Calais, France, one of the largest refugee camps in western Europe. The artist left behind four new artworks, most notably a piece featuring Steve Jobs carrying an early Macintosh computer and a sack over his shoulder noting his background as a “son of a migrant from Syria,” (Jobs was adopted, but his biological father was from Syria). In another piece he references Géricault’s famous Raft of Medusa painting, depicting an imperiled group of people on a sinking raft as they hail a modern cruise ship just on the horizon. The artist previously brought attention to the refuge crisis in a piece at Dismaland earlier this year.

In addition to the artworks, part of Banksy’s team installed 12 permanent structures and a makeshift playground inside the squalid Jungle camp using materials left behind from Dismaland, a project he refers to as Dismal Aid.

One of the best ways you can help Syrian refugees is through donations to the UN Refugee Agency.

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New Anonymous Portraits Liberated From Their Museum Frames by Julien de Casabianca 

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We are often inundated with images of famous artworks, pieces even the most disconnected art viewer can name on the spot. These portraits however make up a very small percentage of the work in museums worldwide, the majority of faces either nameless or not burned into memory—men, women, and children immortalized by brushstroke but forgotten by time. These anonymous faces are the ones that French artist Julien de Casabianca (previously) is most drawn to, and has been “liberating” for the last few years by placing recreations of the unknown on urban street corners and abandoned buildings as a part of his Outings Project.

Since its inception the project has gone global—Oslo, Geneva, and Warsaw included in the recent cities that have received their own wheatpasted faces. De Casabianca was invited by the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville, FL to create a few pieces, including one that stands two-stories tall, a young girl in a bonnet peering away from the viewer and into the boarded-up brick wall on which she is placed. Other works of his are less conspicuous, characters hiding behind drooped plants or crouched on the ground at knee-level, glancing at the viewer from urban streets rather than behind museum quality glass.

The project has always been intended to be participatory, de Casabianca inviting anyone to photograph and “free” images from museums in their own city. De Casabianca will show his own work in Belgium next year at the Musée d’Ixelles from March 5th to April 10th. More of de Casabianca’s pieces can be found on his online gallery, Facebook, and Instagram.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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