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New Street Artist ‘Bored’ Turns Chicago Sidewalks into an Alternative Monopoly Game

July 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I was walking in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood a few weekends ago when I happened upon an enormous stack of Monopoly ‘Chance’ cards made from plywood and bolted to the sidewalk announcing a marriage proposal at a nearby church. It was awesome. Immediately I started wondering if it was a genuine proposal? Was it a joke? Or could it be… ART?! Chicago has a fair amount street art if you know where to look, but it’s mostly spray painted stencils and paste-ups, and it’s extremely rare to see something three dimensional or sculptural.

As it turns out I wasn’t the first blogger to make the discovery. Nate Berg from the Atlantic found several sets of cards and actually went to the Armitage Baptist Church nearby to ask if they knew anything (they didn’t). He did figure out that the Monopoly pieces originally appeared back in April and several people on Reddit had a field day trying to piece the puzzle together. Everyone realized there were even more installations around the city, and not only that, the messages on the Chance and Community Chest cards were occasionally being painted over and replaced with other humorous and obscure messages.

After a few desperate tweets and some emailing, I finally got in touch with the artist (or artists!) known as Bored. The person (or group) chooses to remain anonymous but expressed via email their dissatisfaction at the lack of quality street art around Chicago. Saying specifically that “the goal of this entire project has been to present something different than a stencil painted on the ground or a poster pasted to a wall. Something 3-dimensional that can be picked up, beaten down, kicked, yanked, grabbed, and broken. And if someone ever put forth the effort to remove it, like a weed it will always grow back. And if left alone it will evolve into something different.”

While there are a number of good street artists in Chicago, this is definitely a welcome change of pace. I’m really excited to see this project evolve and hope they have more ideas brewing.

 

 



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Interactive Paintings on the Streets of Malaysia

July 1, 2012

Christopher Jobson







A great new street artist is making a splash in Malaysia this month. Painter Ernest Zacharevic created four new works where his painted figures of mischievous children are seen interacting with their physical surroundings: an old bicycle, a motorcycle, or even windows on the side of a building. His most popular piece of two small children on a large bicycle has become a major destination in the city with dozens of people stopping to take creative photos. I want to thank Annie and Ross of the very fine AsiaDreaming blog for providing many of the photographs for this post. The rest you can see on Zacharevic’s Facebook. (via lustik, art and seasons)

 

 



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Street Art from Nomerz

June 6, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Street artist Nomerz has been busy lately, cranking out at least four new large-scale pieces in the last few weeks. I really enjoy his blending of graffiti, architecture, and found objects to create each piece.

 

 

 



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Ballerina by Banksy

May 25, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Banksy recently updated his website with a number of new works that have been making the rounds the last day or so. My favorite new artwork is this simple piece depicting a spray-painted ballerina delicately traversing the string on the back of a picture frame like a tightrope. What fun and thoughtful execution. (via the fox is black)

 

 



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Rainbow Origami Street Art by Mademoiselle Maurice

May 25, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Some fresh new street art out of Paris today by french artist Mademoiselle Maurice who creates stunning geometric figures on urban surfaces using rainbows of folded origami figures. If you like this, don’t miss these paper geodes by Paige Smith.

 

 



Design

Recycled Plastic Bottles Partially Filled with Colored Water Used to Create a Parking Canopy

May 12, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Designer Garth Britzman of Lincoln, Nebraska used recycled bottles filled with colored water to create stunning topographical shade canopy for a vehicle. I love how the natural shape of the plastic bottles makes the pooled water look like leaves. See more over on Behance. (via my amp goes to 11)