Gilf! Sows Flowers in the Urban Wild

A one woman urban renewal project, Street Artist Gilf! has been prettifying the decay in a few cities over the last year or so with hand made fluorescent blooms. Not purely decorative, she thinks of them as sculptural, a public works project, and a sort of rorschach test that reveals as much about the audience as the artist. As with any artworks put out on the street, the public will render a verdict. In New York, they ride for about a minute before someone rips them off the wall – to take home in many cases. Also, New Yorkers don’t like “pretty” as much as they like tough stuff – skulls, violence, brooding, etc. With recent blooms popping up inside abandoned buildings, it will be interesting to see how long the garden grows.

We’ve collected a number of these for you to look at together, a sort of urban bouquet for Tuesday. While not wholely representative of Gilf!s various ventures on the street, these installations have a certain signature that’s revealed through these shots from Brooklyn, Baltimore, and Detroit.

Gilf! “Nature Will Overcome Us”. (photo © Gilf!)

Gilf! “Nature Will Overcome Us” Detail. (photo © Steimer)

Gilf! in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Gilf! in Baltimore. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gilf! girds the beard. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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