It’s a good practice to rethink your city – especially when you imagine it to be something more than it is. Beginning in 2016 the picturesque city of Sisak in Croatia (pop 48,000) invoked the practice with Re:Think Sisak to look again at public space and imagine artistic interventions. Running during the first half of June, it began with regional artists and has extended the list further afield each year.
Street Artist Nespoon brought her lace motifs to the side of a building, with
the help of the local fire department. A first time experience for her to have
such assistance, she tells us “the officers were extremely nice and helpful- they
operated the lift, and didn’t seem to mind sitting in the full sun for 10
she has in recent years, Nespoon also installed one of her fired ceramic pieces
on the street, furthering her practice to another discipline.
Croatian born illustrator Miron Milic is known by dear friends for his erotic illustrations but he created what you would typically regard as a nature loving mural for the Boombarstick Festival this month. Based on a Haiku from Japanese poet and painter Yosa Buson, Milic invites you to take off your shoes and get your feet wet.
A summer river being crossed how pleasing with sandals in my hands!
Sheffield, England-based Street Artist, fine artist, and illustrator Phlegm took part in the zero edition of Boombarstick in Croatia last month, and today we have some images of his new work there. Now abandoned, the building previously held a cinema and was originally a church. Many Street Artists pine for this sort of architectural opportunity, a pre-built stage with just enough existing detail to play foil for their work.
As is usual for the meticulous Phlegm, the facade was well played as an exterior staircase leading up to the bellfry – presumably where a bat or two may come flying out. A good example of working within the context of the locality, the five day transformation was an intensive public display of the dedication to the imagination of one artist, and an opening to the inner world of many who would care to travel there with him.
Also, baby goats in your promo video melts even the meanest graff writers heart, so another 25 points for that. (see adorable video below)
In fact, if you look through all the walls and materials and listen to the voices of the organizers, you find a serious consideration of humor as a force for creativity, so we’re pretty close to a perfect score of 100 with this original and inviting concept for a city Street Art festival.
All things considered, this ZERO edition (not 1st) of the Croatian festival that features a solid selection of international (mostly European) Street Artists along with local and regional musicians was very successful. The city is called Vodnjan/Dignano situated in the peninsula and county of Istria. It prides itself on its multicultural patrimony and the festival was meant to convey the artistic and cultural point of view that it has. Says Marco Contardi, one of the volunteer organizers, “The festival stands as a link between Istria and Europe, encouraging a reciprocal fruitful connection.”
So we’ll be bringing you some exclusive images of the pieces that Street Artists completed during Boombarstick. The first here is by Rome’s Hitnes, who completed this flight of imagination among the strong and well worn roots of the old city. He uses aerosol, brush, pencils, and whatever else brings out the detail in his alternate reality, which often meditates on the animal kingdom and a sense of magic.
Look forward in coming days to new exclusive photos of the completed pieces on BSA from some of the participants in this unique festival who include Franco Manzin, Phlegm, OKO, Sam3, Giorgio Bartocci, Hitnes, Eme, Ufocinque, Interesni Kazki, NeSpoon, Miron Milic, and Liqen.
Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Cassius Fouler, Cruz, Dan Witz, Distort, Don John, Faust, GR170, Hellbent, Knarf, Leon Reid IV, Lumpenpack Crew, Meer Sau, Noah Sparkes, Rae, Ryan Doyle, Sobekicis, Sofia Maldonado, Swoon, and Toven from places like Brooklyn, Baltimore, Copenhagen, Vienna, Austria and Croatia.
Special shout out to photographers Meer Sau, Henrik Haven, and our own Jaime Rojo for getting all these great exclusive shots for BSA readers.