Street Artist converts mundane sculptures into giant audio equalizer bars at edge of a greenspace.
When you are one of the dance music capitals of the world, it will be evident on the street during the daylight too. And we’re not speaking specifically about the apparent glitter spill on the gas station floor this morning, or the blue-haired millennial sleeping on the bench at the bus stop.
now Ibiza has new audio equalizers popping up from the terra firma, thanks to
the new red, green, and yellow stripes that stand at different levels in the
air, a deliberate reflection of the control-room aesthetics that surround
superstar DJs who rock the stages here almost every night.
installation by AMADAMA is part of the BLOOP international Proactive Art
Festival. He’s used to applying technology to his creativity and this
guerrilla-style installation is anonymous to passersby. Veering away from the
star-powered mural programs of recent vintage, organizers of BLOOP are stripping
down and going minimalist – “(we’re) exhibiting open air installations and
artworks in extremely visible points on the island just for the work to be
It is a refreshing return to the original spirit of Street Art, and club music for that matter, when the unpredictable eclectic nature of creativity was in full celebration and was unhindered by celebutantes, selfies, and branding.
Ibiza is that place where you appreciate beauty and youth and hedonistic forays into western values of free will and free love. Or at least that’s what we’ve heard.
While Street Art was probably not initially part of the brief of this island when it transformed its reputation as a destination for fog-machine laser glow-stick dancing and poolside debauchery, initiatives like the BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival have extended the creative range of expression that is celebrated for almost a decade now. With the theme of “Art is for Everybody”, BLOOP has welcomed more than 60 murals and installations so far – about 30 of which are currently on view throughout the year on the isle known as an adult playground.
Today we look as a more conceptual/situational installation in the Balearic
Sea that surrounds the Spanish islands, a la Brad Downey or Fra. Biancoshock.
Here laying on the bottom of the quivering, wiggling and enticing blue sea you
are invited by VLADY to play hopscotch. As if to channel the mindset of many a
party animal, he is labeling the installation “Whenever, Everywhere, Anyway”.
Yes, money falling from the sky, that’s what people pray for sometimes.
As long as those metal coins flying at high speed don’t hit you or your dog, it would appear to be a splendid idea. INO had the scenario in mind in Ibiza, Spain for the BLOOP festival, and he painted this mural of a girl on the side of a hotel. He’s calling it “Hopeless’.
While we don’t sidestep the financial suffering of the many millions of families who are neighbors on the Earth, you also know that sometimes money is not the solution to everything.
Recently The Simple Dollar website compiled a list of 100 things to do for free, and while they don’t apply universally, especially when your fundamental needs are not being being met, the list is an excellent way to imagine larger parts of life without seeing them through the prism of cash.
For INO, this mural is likely a topic more serious – when one feels so desperate as to pray for money.
For the BLOOP Festival in Ibiza this year Mexican artists Spaik swirls around inside a tunnel with a folkloric styled, two fanged, tongue wagging snake, taking advantage of perspective and a unique throughway to add drama to the reptilian slither. If this piece is related to this years theme of “Changes”, then it looks like Spaik is not feeling very hopeful about upcoming transitions.
It is not his first time at BLOOP, so the creative advertising agency that organizes the annual Bloop, now in its 7th year, must like what Spaik brings to the island in the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of Spain for this festival that showcases installations, architecture, photography, video mapping, and of course, plenty of parties.
A woeful visual play on the cold summer treat that kids in many countries have associated with good times, this Ice Cream man from Greece tells us that the situation is getting messy.
“Our world is changing because of the worst animal that has ever lived on earth – the human,” INO tells us, “And we’re all denying it.” The piece is on the side of a school, so certainly it will spark many conversations among students and teachers – a powerful example of how public-facing art can have an impact.
Mexican modern folkloric muralist Spaik participated in the Bloop Festival in Ibiza during the month long proactive music festival that is now in its fifth year. With a general ethos that “Art is for Everybody”, Bloop invites a number of artists each year to create works all over this town that for two decades has gained the international reputation as a party place with superstar djs, natural beauty, and sun-soaked hedonism.
So it is interesting that this year’s theme is “No Fear”, and the festivals’ manifesto points to cross-cultural scourges of relentless cell phone addiction, job insecurity, and unrealistic body types portrayed in fashion advertising . Looks like the honeymoon for pleasure-seekers is over.
Spaik interpreted the “No Fear” theme with the same symbol of a massive colorful eagle that he used the previous month at Le Mur in Paris. Known for its association on the Mexican flag perched on a cactus with a serpent in its mouth, here in Ibiza the eagle flies freely through a tunnel in this country that Mexico declared independence from in 1821.
Interestingly, Spaik depicts a slightly more political eagle in Paris at the famously curated wall with references to the PEN party, the state of Oaxaca, and a small little rat with a Mexican sash – looking rather fearful. So we are not sure if “No Fear” can extend around the world, as hopeful as the Bloop festival manifesto may be, but Spaik definitely has created two impressive works that would please many in the Mexican mural-making tradition that addresses social and political issues.