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Mural Montreal Festival: Day 3

Mural Montreal Festival: Day 3

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Montreals’ MURAL festival wound up with a great weekend of public murals, music, food, and culture after a slow start this year. Over the next couple of days we will bring you exclusive images of the murals completed in this well organized and executed showcase for outside are. Here are some detail shots, progress shots and action shots specially made for BSA readers.

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Rone. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Fred Caron. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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RR & DB. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Bizt/Etam Cru. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Vilx. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Cyrcle. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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2501. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Alex Scanner. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Seth. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Miss Me. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Matheiu Connery. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Laurence Valliers. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Kashink. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

MURAL Montreal Festival: Day 1 and 2

 

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MURAL Montreal Festival: Day 1 and 2

MURAL Montreal Festival: Day 1 and 2

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BSA is pleased to partner again with the MURAL Festival in Montreal to bring you images as the events unfold.  Daniel Esteban Rojas tells us it has been a slower than usual commencement this year, due to Mother Nature, “We’ve had a huge rain storm and most artists couldn’t start.”

On the plus side, no one got a sunburn, they have four days to finish the 20 or so planned murals. The artists of course couldn’t wait to get busy on these huge, fresh walls – all calling their names like a siren song, and they got a lot accomplished despite the weather, and the DJs kept playing. Today the skies looks good for the all day block party.

Here we have some detail shots, progress shots and action shots and as the festival progresses we’ll bring you the completed walls for your viewing pleasure…

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Seth. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Seth. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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An indoor/outdoor silhouette shot of Jeremy Shantz at work. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Bezt/Etam Cru. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Bryan Beyung. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Kashink. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Cyrcle. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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En Masse. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Inti. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Alex Scaner. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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123 Klan. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Alexis Diaz. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Peter Shmittson. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Vilx. Mural Festival 2014. Montreal, Canada. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

 

 

 

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Images Of The Week: 06.01.14

Images Of The Week: 06.01.14

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BOS, Bushwick Collective, Juicy Fest, RedHook Studio Tours, Northside Festival, Welling Court… BK and QNS are bombed with artists in June – and today’s throwdown in Bushwick is just one tab on the 12-pack to pop and spray all over your friends on a hot summer day. When it comes to street art we’re in this new legal mural phase right now and when you head out to Bushwick Open Studios today you will see freshly painted and in-process walls. Don’t worry, we’re still seeing a lot of uncensored freewheeling self-selecting artistic installations of the unsanctioned variety – and that sector is alive and well.  See you out in the street!

Here our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring

Adam Fujita, BustArt, Cb23, Chris Dyer, Dain, Dasic, Don Rimx, Ethos, FoxxFace, Jerk Face, Labrona, Meca, Meer Sau, Milo, Muro, Osch, Princess Hijab, QRST, Ricardo Cabret and Son, Sem, Skewville, Stinkfish, Stovington 23, Txemy, Vexta, Zaira

Top Image >> Dasic for the Juicy Art Festival. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Adam Fujita for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Princess Hijab has a new installation in the Paris Metro (photo © Adrien Chretien)

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Princess Hijab. Detail of the above installation. Paris, France. (photo © Adrien Chretien)

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Are you feeling this felt lava lamp? Milo calls what she does Graffeltti. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Osch new installation in London’s Brick Lane. (photo © Massimo Filippi)

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Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sem (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ethos new piece in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (photo © Claudio Ethos)

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QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don Rimx, Ricardo Cabret and Son for the Juicy Art Festival. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Labrona new indoor mural in Montreal, Canada. (photo © Labrona)

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Vexta for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stovington23 new corporate takeover in Eastbourne, UK. (photo © Stovington23)

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BustArt and Zaira new stencil work in Amsterdam. (photo © Bustart/Zaira)

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BustArt and Zaira new stencil work in Amsterdam. (photo © Bustart/Zaira)

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Muro . Txemy . Stinkfish . Meca . Done for the Juicy Art Festival. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Meer Sau in Salzburg, Austria. (photo © Meer Sau)

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Jerk Face completed his Tom and Jerry piece in Williamsburg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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cb23 and Foxx Face collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Chris Dyer in Denver, Colorado. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

If you are lucky enough to be in NYC this Sunday, get out of the house and head over to East Williamsburg and Bushwick. You’d have the chance to see many of these murals in person and perhaps and artist or two while applying the final touches to his or her wall. Click HERE for more info on The Bushwick Collective block party taking place today. And HERE for the Juicy Art Fest which is not happening until June 5, 6 and 7 but artists are currently busy at work on their murals and it is only a short walk between the two.

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.18.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.18.14

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Here our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring AEON, Arturo Vega, Bio Tats Cru, Balu, Bifido, COL Wallnuts, Crash, Federico Cruz, JMR, Kram, Kronik, Labrona, LMNOPI, Meca, Moby, Muro, Nick Walker, Stinkfish, TRN, Txemy, and Vexta.

Top Image >> Rooftop piece by Crash, Bio Tats Cru and Nick Walker. The shot was taken from a higher rooftop. A straight shot would have landed this photographer in the slammer and that would mean missing happy hour. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Crash, Bio Tats Cru and Nick Walker. Detail. Same piece as above taken from the street. See what we meant? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bifido new piece in Naples, Italy. “Don’t Forget to Play” (photo © Bifido)

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TRN…what can we say? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Moby…yes that Moby. “Receiving” Dedicated to the memory of artist Arturo Vega. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Moby. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Balu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Balu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Balu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Balu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ever feel like you need a mint? Vexta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A clamoring collaboration of color from Txemy and Muro. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Txemy and Muro collab. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Why, you little green eyed devil, you. KRAM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Labrona new piece in Montreal, Canada. (photo © Labrona)

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Labrona new piece in Montreal, Canada. (photo © Labrona)

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Detail of a wall with a variety of wheat pasted art. Artist(s) Unkown, though we think we see Stinkfish in there. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cruz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stinkfish . Meca . Kronik (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JMR and Col Wallnuts revisit the spot where a JMR rode for a few years, and now expanded and redefined it. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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Images Of The Week: 01.05.14

Images Of The Week: 01.05.14

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It’s been weeks since we had an “Images of the Week” posting with you, due to the end of the year spectacular we presented  for 13 days; a solid cross section of the talented photographers who are documenting this important moment before it passes.

As a collection 13 From 2013 exemplified the unique and eclectic character of Street Art and graffiti photography today. Each person contributed a favorite image and along with it their insight and observations, often personal, very individual, and with a real sense of authenticity. Each day we were sincerely grateful for their contributions to BSA readers and to see the street through their eyes.

Thank you again to Yoav Litvin, Ray Mock, Brock Brake, Martha Cooper, Luna Park, Geoff Hargadon, Jessica Stewart, Jim Kiernan, Bob Anderson, Ryan Oakes, Daniel Albanese, James Prigoff, and Spencer Elzey for 13 from 2013. Also if you missed it, that list kicked off just after our own 2013 BSA Year in Images (and video) were published here and on Huffington Post, all of which was also a great honor to share with you.

And so we bring back to you some documentation of moments before they passed – our weekly interview with the street, this week including $howta, Appleton Pictures, ASVP, BAMN, Chase, Dceve, Doce Freire, EpicUno, Hot Tea, Jerkface, Judith Supine, Leadbelly33, LoveMe, Meres, Olek, Rambo, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Square, and Swoon.

This weeks top image is a reprieve from the winter we’ve been enduring – a small hand cut frog clinging to a verdant fern – created by Swoon and snapped during a visit to her studio over the holidays. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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EpicUno (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Leadbelly33 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LoveMe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BAMN (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ASVP and Square (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JerkFace (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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HotTea (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Olek’s very latest piece completed on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver, Canada.  (photo © Olek)

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Olek. “Kiss the Future” detail. (photo © Olek)

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Meres has a message for Gerry. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Meres (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Chase (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Doce Freire in Sharjah City, UAE for the Al Qasba Festival. (photo © Doce Freire)

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Dceve (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Appleton Pictures (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ramiro Davaro-Comas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan, December 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Images Of The Week: 12.08.13

Images Of The Week: 12.08.13

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Here is our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 500m, Ainac, Bask, Bishop203, CB23, Edapt, Fin DAC, Hot Tea, Jilly Ballistic, Labrona, Leghead, Medico, Nester, Nico, Paul Insect, Poop Culture, Starfightera, and Tony DePew.

Top Image >> Fin DAC and Starfightera collaboration tribute to Lou Reed/Nico/The Velvet Underground/Andy Warhol. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fin DAC and Starfightera collaboration tribute to Lou Reed/Nico/The Velvet Underground/Andy Warhol. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fin DAC and Starfightera collaboration tribute to Lou Reed/Nico/The Velvet Underground/Andy Warhol. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nester tribute to Nelson Mandela in Poughkeepsie, NY. Mr. Mandela passed away Thursday December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. (photo © Jodi Kyle-Cox)

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Paul Insect (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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From The Department of Well Being (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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cb23, Tony Depew, and Edapt collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hot Tea. Also, a nice dog. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jilly Ballistic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bask in Miami for ART Basel 2013. (photo © Bask)

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Ainac (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bishop203 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Medico (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Get it? Poop Culture. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Labrona and 500m in Montreal, Canada. (photo © Labrona)

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Labrona and 500m in Montreal, Canada. (photo © Labrona)

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Labrona and 500m in Montreal, Canada. (photo © Labrona)

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Keep an eye on your art. Sidi Abdul Khaalig AKA Leghead (cellphone shot) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Another temporary installation by Sidi Abdul Khaalig AKA Leghead (cellphone shot). (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. SOHO, NYC. December 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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ROA Gets Up With New Animals In Tow

ROA Gets Up With New Animals In Tow

BSA travels with ROA to Austria, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the US.

Today we visit with Street Artist, urban naturalist, and globe trotter ROA to see what walls he has been climbing since we last checked in with him and his traveling curious circus of animals. Alternating between the cuddly and the killing, the endoskelton and the excrement, the pugnacious, playful and the putrefying, this Belgian world citizen is no romantic with his subjects and he isn’t asking for you to be either necessarily.

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ROA. Lagos, Portugal 2013. (photo © Roa)

If you consider the brutal natural and man-made world that animals have to survive in and the ruthless depravity of humans throughout the ages (including right now), perhaps ROA’s depictions of these regionally based creatures are a healthy counterbalance to the fictional storytelling we customarily see in large public depictions of animals. Rotting Big Bird, anyone?

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ROA. Lagos, Portugal 2013. (photo © Roa)

In one instructive example, a local town meeting in Chichester in Great Britain erupted into a heated debate this spring and a vote was called over whether to remove one of ROA’s fresh paintings from public view. The aerosoled portrait  featured a rotting badger lying belly up and pock-marked across the front of a neglected building.

“It’s not appropriate, it’s grotesque and I hope it will be removed,” said the district and parish councilor who was outraged at the factual representation of a dying animal, according to a local website. The article does not mention if she was equally outraged at the culling of badgers locally, which ROA was drawing attention to, or if she would call the culling of undesirable animals “grotesque”.

 

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ROA. Ibex at the harbor in Linz, Austria 2013. (photo © flap.at)

You wouldn’t cheapen the spray-painted monochromatic realism of ROAs work as activism per se, or even moralizing. Sometimes a bear is just a bear.

But sometimes the poses and positions and selectively illustrated details are more pronounced than one may see in nature, so clearly his desire is to draw attention to them. And why not try to give a voice to them? Otters don’t do email and bison hooves are too clunky for texting and nary a narwhal has his own Facebook page. If they have been displaced, marginalized, or are suffering, you won’t see a cluster of clamoring squirrels arrayed before a bank of microphones and cameras issuing a press conference.

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ROA. Detail. Linz, Austria 2013. (photo © flap.at)

But slowly and gradually and almost systematically the former graffiti artist has been raising the awareness of even the dullest among us bipedal primates that the animals we are sharing the world with are plausibly pissed about that whole “dominion over nature” clause that pious Pulcinellas spout when justifying treating some animals like trash even while their blue-blooded poodles are having pedicures. Now that you think of it, this may not be exclusively about the animal kingdom.

Certainly we have all learned from ROAs travels that nature isn’t pretty – and can possibly be very alarming – and he won’t likely let you forget it.

So start trotting, galloping, swimming, scurrying, slithering, and scurrying! We have a lot of catching up to do with ROA as this year he’s been in Austria, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the US.

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ROA. Linza, Austria 2013. (photo © flap.at)

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ROA. Linz, Austria 2013. (photo © Roa)

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ROA. Mural Festival. “Still Life With Bison and Bear” Montreal, Canada 2013. (photo © Roa)

This wall was featured in our coverage this summer of the MURAL festival, where we wrote;

“For his first visit to Montreal, the Belgian Street Artist named ROA says that he had a great time creating this ‘still life’ with a bison and a bear. When talking about his inspiration, ROA says that he was impressed with the history of the so-called American bison, which was incredibly abundant in the early 19th century, numbering more than 40 million. After being hunted almost into extinction with a population of 200 a century later, the bison slowly have reestablished their numbers in Canada to 700,000. He decided to add a bear laying on top because it tells a similar story of a native mammal in the region.”

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ROA. “Catch of The Day” Open Art. Örebro, Sweden 2013. (photo © Roa)

“This is the first time I actually painted a narwhal,” says ROA about the curiously speared whale that lives year-round in the Arctic.

“Their tusks make them a unique example of a species; in a way the narwhal is a mythical sea creature; The unicorns of the sea,” explains ROA about this Swedish piece.  “The young male narwal that I painted here is unfortunately caught in a fishing line. I wanted to draw attention to how they and many other species become a victim of hunting and pollution.”

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ROA. “Catch of The Day”. Deatail. Open Art. Örebro, Sweden 2013. (photo © Roa)

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ROA. Vienna, Austria 2013. (photo © Roa)

At the start of July ROA opened his second solo show – this time with Inoperable Gallery in Vienna.

The exhibition was called “PAN-ROA’s Box” and it was an animal curiosity focused show.

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ROA. Detail. Vienna, Austria 2013. (photo © Roa)

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ROA. Wall Therapy. Rochester, NY 2013. (photo © Roa)

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ROA. Wall Therapy. Rochester, NY 2013. (photo © Roa)

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ROA. “Two Blue Tits” in Chichester, Great Britain 2013. (photo © Roa)

ROA was there as part of his invitation to participate at the Chichester Street Art Festival in May.

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ROA. Chichester, Great Britain 2013. (photo © Roa)

Here is the painting referred to above that upset a number of people in Chichester and called for a vote to take it down (it was 50/50 so they’ve left it up).

Regarding the Badger Cull 2013

“After several emails from Louise Matthews about the upcoming badger cull in GB, I painted a badger to support their efforts to save the badgers,” says ROA. The controversial practice in Britain has gained a number of very adamant foes, including Brian May from the rock group Queen.

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ROA. Bethenal-Green London 2013. (photo © Roa)

As a guest of Griff from Street Art London, ROA did this piece in Bethenal-Green.

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ROA. Nuart 2013. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Roa)

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ROA. Malaga, Spain. (photo © Roa)

As part of his invitation to the Maus Festival, ROA painted this in Calle Casas De Campos, Malaga, Spain.

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ROA. Malaga, Spain. (photo © Roa)

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ROA. “Fighting Squirrels”, Southbank, London 2013. (photo © Roa)

“If you have ever witnessed a squirrel fight, you might recognize the action,” says ROA of these two enraged fellas in mid air.  He explains that when the North American Eastern Grey squirrel (top) was introduced it caused the red native Squirrel (bottom) to lose habitat and population, so now the red one is protected by conservation laws.

ROA would like to thank the Southbank Centre at the canal.

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ROA. Dulwich, London 2013. (photo © Roa)

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ROA. Baroque The Streets Festival. Dulwich, London 2013. (photo © Roa)

Regarding the dog above, ROA says :

” It took me a detailed search into the Dulwich Picture Gallery to find an animal expression that was involved with the daily life of the time and express on it’s own a fragment of the ordinary life. My eye was caught by a pooping dog in a large scale hunting scene; I found that an interesting detail. The people of the museum told me they have more hunting scenes with this same curious detail, but those were currently not exhibited.”

Dulwich:  ‘Baroque The Streets: Dulwich Street Art Festival’ May 10-19, 2013. The festival was organized by Street Art London & Dulwich Picture Gallery

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ROA. Urban Forms Festival. Lodz, Poland. 2013. (photo © Roa)

Roa wishes to extend his most sincere thanks to the following people:

In Southbank, London he sends thanks to the Southbank Centre at the canal.

In Linz, Austria he says thanks to Bubble Days Festival in Linz, and thanks to Poidle.

In Montreal, he says thanks to MURAL for all their good care and for the retreat in Quebec. Thank you also to Yan, Andre, Alexis and Nico!

In Malaga, Spain he says thank you very much Fer.

In Rochester he says thank you to Ian, Steven, Dan and Wise, who “made my stay excellent as usual.”

In Lagos, Portugal he says thanks to LAC Laboratório Actividades Criativas.

In Stavanger, Norway he extends his thanks to the NUART festival.

In Lodz, Poland he says thanks to Michael and the crew.

And we here at BSA say thank you to you all, and of course to ROA for sharing all his travels with BSA readers.

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Troy Lovegates and the Murals of Summer

Troy Lovegates and the Murals of Summer

For those of you north of the Equator who have been announcing that Summer is over, may we remind you that we still have till Saturday the 21st so keep playing in the sun together with short sleeves on till darkness starts invading and the smell of dinner wafts out of windows as you skateboard past them back home.

Further north of here in Canada, Street Artist Troy Lovegates (aka Other) hit some rails with his bud’s Labrona and Alex Produkt this summer and he got in some swimming too, he tells us. He also traveled around a little and knocked out some murals with some brushes instead of cans.

Oh no, does that mean he’s not “Street”?  Uh, no.

He gives BSA readers some detail about the pieces below the images.

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Troy Lovegates in Montreal with the MU Project. “A giant wall … my first attempt at painting only with brush,” he says. Also, “I like my lungs.” (photo © Troy Lovegates)

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Troy Lovegates in Toronto with Kwest and Bacon. (photo © Troy Lovegates)

Can’t call yourself a Canuck and not include a hockey player in your repetoire, right? This one was conjured during a reunion that Grandpa Troy had with some of the other geezers in BSM crew he used to get up with back in da day.  “Damn the graffiti crew I am in turned 20 !!!! All the old men got together and painted a giant wall … here is a hockey player I put up and the fringes is insane lettering by Kwest and Bacon,” he says. Next stop, coffin painting because Mr. Lovegates is obviously one foot in the grave and one foot on a banana peel.

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A collaborative piece with Troy Lovegates in pied colored chose before a panther-seal-ish figure by Saddo in Halifax. (photo © Troy Lovegates)

“One of my favorite artists on this planet is Saddo from Romania. He had an art exhibition on the East coast of Canada and  the gallery space hooked us up with a giant wall and a lift,” says Lovegates.  “So we freestyled this masked man walking with a mythical beast “

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Troy Lovegates in Wisconsin in collaboration with Pawn Works. (photo © Troy Lovegates)

“I was invited by Pawn Works out to Sheboygan, Wisconsin to spend the week in a park with my shoes off painting a toilet shelter,” he says with glee. “It’s a super fun part of the world, with bonfires on the beach,” he says of the project that is run by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

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Images of the Week: 07.28.13

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring bACK eAST, Bask, Dabs & Myla, HDL (Hygenic Dress League), Judith Supine, Mr. Toll, Pose, Revs, RVMP, Sean Mahan, Tom Fruin, and Windsor.

Top image is by Miss Me. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Miss Me. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Miss Me. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sean Mahan. Detail. Jacksonville, Florida (photo © Sean Mahan)

Sean Mahan. Jacksonville Florida. (photo © Sean Mahan)

Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tom Fruin installation of a Water Tank with Art Glass. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

RVMP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hygienic Dress League. “Coporatocracy”  (photo © HDL)

“For this design we developed a sense of patriotic visual language with the stripes and Fleur de Le – a symbol often associated with our corporation as is the pigeon. The gas mask is allegory and represents the protection or immunity from our own (hygienic dress league) corporate actions” HDL

REVS. Avenge (photo © Jaime Rojo)

POSE with Dabs & Myla in Chicago for Art In Publc Places in Pilsen. (photo © Pawn Works)

bACK eAST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A BASK abstraction in Windsor, Canada (photo © BASK)

B.D. White and Jilly Ballistic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Summer 2013, NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Labrona and Friends: Non-Lazy Days Of Summer in Montreal

Canadian Street Artist/graffiti artist/fine artist Labrona has been maximizing the beautiful summer weather by doing some murals at the festival in Montreal (our coverage here) and along with Mu-art. Since it can get rather dull and old when you are painting by yourself all the time, he also hit a wall with buddies Produkt and Befour.

The industrious and deliberate anonymous portraitist tries to squeeze in the occasional skate session or feed his much loved freight addiction when he can, naturally. Balancing the more polished studio side with his spontaneous outcroppings of nearly expressionless, possibly cogitating people and characters, these murals are a combination of the two disciplines. Using dimensional rendering of stylized forms, it’s an opportunity to showcase his sophisticated color palette, his respect for classical painting methods, and an undertone of comic appreciation for personality. As long as it is a chill spot, Labrona would prefer not to rush.

 

Gawd and Labrona (right).  Detail. Montreal, June, 2103. (photo © Labrona)

Labrona and Gawd.  Detail. Montreal, June, 2103. (photo © Labrona)

Labrona and Gawd.  Detail. Montreal, June, 2103. (photo © Labrona)

Labrona and Gawd. Montreal, June, 2103. (photo © Labrona)

Labrona. Montreal Mural Festival, June, 2103. (photo © Labrona)

Labrona, Gawd, Produkt, Befour. Detail. Mu-ART. Montreal, June, 2103. (photo © Labrona)

Labrona, Gawd, Produkt, Befour. Detail. Mu-ART. Montreal, June, 2103. (photo © Labrona)

Labrona, Gawd, Produkt, Befour. Detail. Mu-ART. Montreal, June, 2103. (photo © Labrona)

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MURAL Festival in Montreal Stakes a Claim for Street Art North

The MURAL Festival in Montreal took over Saint-Laurent Boulevard over the weekend with the work of more than 25 local, national and international Street Artists working separately and in concert across large walls for this first ever event, and many have taken notice. Nevermind the gossip on the street about mayoral corruption and an ongoing rancorous debate here about a perceived graffiti problem in the city, MURAL and its supporters clearly are staking a claim on a growing world Street Art stage with a strong show that can legitimately brag about a solid mix of talent and styles.

Judging from the attendance, the hashtag enthusiasm, and the cameras hoisted into the air, there should be no debate about how much the kids actually love this stuff – and how many non-kids are also fueling the current explosion of art in the public sphere. “From 5 to 80 years old, the crowd discovered amazing talents and learned to appreciate a public art form that had been cast aside and misidentified as vandalism for the past 20 years,” says Fred Caron, one of the organizers and a cultural worker in the public art milieu. “The cultural values and power of murals is finally back in the North thanks to a crazy bunch of young Canucks.”

ROA (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas). Another view of this wall with the artists’ description appears below.

For an expansive event like this to succeed right out of the gate, it doesn’t hurt that Montreal is a relatively homogenous city with a very strong tax base, an engaged business sector, and a vibrant arts culture chock full of ideas, performances, and participatory aspirations. With an appreciative audience thronging into the four day festival for fun and culture, the numerous large mural walls in multiple locations were accompanied by body painting, a paint battle, painting with your feet, block parties, live music, djs, a photo booth, tours on foot and bike, skateboard lessons, kite making, urban “street” inspired dance troupes, night time projections, and naturally, beer.

“What captivated me most about this trip was the level of community, cross pollination and camaraderie shared between the different artists groups, institutions and organizations in the city,” enthuses LNY, a New Jersey based Street Artist who has been part of a few of these city-centric festivals over the last couple of years. Rather than cheaply plugging a downtown area with a momentary hype, a sort of “Ghetto Olympics” that fades quickly, leaving no real value to a community, LNY notes that the main organizers of MURAL continued to be engaged with the needs of the artists and were involved with the various satellite organizations to make sure they were thriving.

“This to me is the perfect gauge for healthy communities and for worthwhile festivals that can transcend their original novelty and spectacle to really give something back,” he remarks.

Reka One. Detail. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

For Street Art photographer Daniel Estaban Rojas, whose work here displays most of the finished pieces at press time, MURAL was an inspiring opportunity to meet many new artists and to be proud of the city. “The face of Montreal has changed with this festival and I think that Street Art will be a lot more accepted in this city. Most people that I spoke to while shooting on the streets had one thing in common to say, and that was ‘thank you’,” he reports with some relief and pride. “Knowing that people were so grateful and being surrounded by such positive vibes made it all the better.”

Included in the MURAL Festival lineup (though not all represented here) were A Squid Called Sebastion, A’Shop, Chris Dyer, Christina Angelina, En Masse, Escif, Fin and Christina, Gaia, Jason Botkin, Labrona, Le Bonnard, LNY, Omen, Other, Other (aka Troy Lovegates), Paria Crew, Phlegm, Pixel Pancho, Reka One, Ricardo Cavolo, ROA, Shantz Brothers, Stare, Stikki Peaches, Troy Lovegates, and Wzrds GNG, among others.

Reka One (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

A Squid Called Sebastian (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Phlegm. Detail. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Phlegm (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

For his first visit to Montreal, the Belgian Street Artist named ROA says that he had a great time creating this “still life” with a bison and a bear. When talking about his inspiration, ROA says that he was impressed with the history of the so-called American bison, which was incredibly abundant in the early 19th century, numbering more than 40 million. After being hunted almost into extinction with a population of 200 a century later, the bison slowly have reestablished their numbers in Canada to 700,000. He decided to add a bear laying on top because it tells a similar story of a native mammal in the region.

ROA (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas).

A’Shop (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

 “I decided to speak about the Americas and the aspects that unite us though history and conflict,” explains Street Artist LNY about his portrait of his cousin Leslie.  He chose her because he considers her, “a person who represents the unification of north and south in an individual; a sort of cultural hybridism.” She is handling maiz, or corn, “as a metaphor for PanAmerican unity; as a crop that has sustained the continents since ancient times and that is now a shell of it’s former self after being thoroughly genetically modified for gain and profit.”

LNY (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

OMEN (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

En Masse (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Escif (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

 

Pixel Pancho (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Pixel Pancho (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Chris Dyer (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Paria Crew (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Ricardo Cavolo (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

For his participation in the MURAL Festival, it was primarily about coming home for the Canadian artist named Other (AKA Troy Lovegates). “All my spare moments were playing frisbee and catching up with old friends,” he says as he describes the events.

But what about the fellows he painted for the wall? Actually, they are two representations of one man, a troubled sort of guy he met recently.

“The painting I did is of a man I met in Ottawa a few days before the festival who was lost and homeless and wanted to return home to Montreal. But he was scattered, laying in a parking lot talking nonsense. He seemed very gentle and I hope I brought back a part of him to Montreal.”

Other (AKA Troy Lovegates) (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Gaia (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Jason Botkin (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Wzrds GNG (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Mural Festival in Montreal: Day 4

DAY 4 at #MuralFestival

Drawing to an end in Montreal, the artists are completing their murals even as the vendors and weekend art fans vacate the scene. Montreal enjoyed a heavy hammering of wall spectacle going up, paint battles being splashed, and throngs of fans going through many venues as there were more cameras than beers held aloft – just kidding, of course there were more beers.

Here are new images from A Squid Called Sebastion, A’Shop, Fin and Christina, Gaia, Jason Botkin, Labrona, LNY, Omen, Other (aka Troy Lovegates), Phlegm, Pixel Pancho, ROA, Shantz Brothers, and Stikki Peaches.

BSA captures the action from this Canadian city thanks to our partners at MURAL and to the talented Daniel Esteban Rojas behind the lense. A full onslaught of all the completed murals will flood the screen as soon as we collect them together for you.

OMEN. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

ROA. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Phlegm. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Fin and Christina. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

A Squid Called Sebastian. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Stikki Peaches. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Pixel Pancho. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

A’Shop. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

OTHER. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

GAIA. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Labrona. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

LNY. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Jason Botkin. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Shantz Brothers foreground. Jason Botkin background. Detail of a wall in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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