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Ceramic Mosaics Mend Cracked Sidewalks, Potholes, and Buildings in Vibrant Interventions by Ememem

May 13, 2021

Grace Ebert

Throughout his home city of Lyon, Ememem is known as "the pavement surgeon." The artist repairs gouged sidewalks and splintered facades with colorful mosaics that he describes as "a poem that everybody can read." Intricate geometric motifs laid with pristine tiles hug the cracks and create "a memory notebook of the city. It reveals what happened, the life in these public places," he tells Colossal. "Here cobblestones have been picked up and thrown. There a truck from the vegetable market tore off a piece of asphalt..." Ememem's first mosaic…

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Vibrant Tiled Mosaics by Ememem Repair Gouged Pavement and Fractured Sidewalks

February 23, 2022

Grace Ebert

Lyon native Ememem, aka "the pavement surgeon," examines the streets of European cities and checks for splintered pavement and sidewalks fractured in pieces. Using tiles and stones, he patches the gouged wounds with vibrant mosaics, which nestle into uniquely shaped outlines in walkways and walls. The street-based interventions brighten the otherwise gray asphalt and cement with radial patterns and color-coded stripes that the artist describes as a "free and spontaneous surgical act, which repairs as much as it beautifies." Since 2016, Ememem (previously) has restored hundreds of potholes and…

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Dances and Branches: Colossal’s Most-Read Stories of 2021

December 29, 2021

Colossal

We spent the last year collaborating with creatives from every corner of the planet to publish nearly 700 articles and interviews that range from art, design, and photography to science and history. As we plan our coverage for 2022, we're looking back at some of the stories you read most (thank you!). And in case you missed it, make sure you check out Colossal's favorite short films and books from 2021, too.   Nine Massive Waves of Deadwood Surge Across a Forest Floor Near Hamburg Between November 2020 and March 2021, Jörg Gläscher gathered deadwood and constructed nine massive crests…

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Awash in Color, Alice Pasquini’s Murals Exude Hope and Affection

June 22, 2022

Grace Ebert

For Alice Pasquini, painting outside among pedestrians, cars, and the milieu of local life is an inherent component of her practice. The artist begins each mural by studying the intended wall and its physical qualities. Material, paint color, and various markings and damages offer indications about the area's history and people, she says, and form a well-worn, culturally situated canvas. She then renders large-scale pieces of affectionate couples, children, and figures with extraordinarily kind and welcoming faces, expressions that contrast the largely subversive and politically charged messages…

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