5 Awesome 3D Street Art Masterpieces in 2014

Although wall paintings are literally the earliest accounts in the history of visual arts in human history, as well as some of the most famous, from cave paintings to Roman mosaics to Renaissance murals and everything in between, street art is still a relatively new phenomenon and, due to its often informal and even illegal nature, a still controversial one. Despite this, even traditionally conservative art institutions have become more perceptive to the goings-on of the sort of cultural form that takes place not so much inside the walls of a museum, but on them. Artists like Banksy and graffiti scenes like the ones in Berlin, Paris, San Francisco, New York, Chicago or Los Angeles are becoming household names and are beginning to be appreciated for their worth of demystifying art by bringing it, quite literally, from the center to the streets, doing away with the once pretentious public in favour of an urban, eclectic, yet  deserving, audience.

Nonetheless, the concept of street art is taken even further, to the next level with 3D street art, a form that uses optic illusion and amazing street-painting to transform the urban environment in even the most obscure locations. Here are 5 examples of 3D street art that make the pavement come to life and which will swoon you off your feet.

1. The Lost Canals of Deventer

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A giant work commissioned by The KunstLab Deventer at the September GedempteGrachten Festival in Deventer, Netherlands, which the people at the blog www.3d-streetpainting.eu managed to craft in a way that immediately blends with the local motif of Dutch canals coming alive with an utopia consisting of quasi-Lovecraftian motifs. The opening of the gates of a watery hell filled with Ancient Ones among the café’s terrace and bike rack is a superb juxtaposition of one of 3-D street art’s main hooks, the mingling of the impossible and the mundane.

2. Hans Christian Andersen Festival

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A local pride vibe has clearly influenced every step of this awesome piece of work, painted in Odense, Denmark’s third largest city. The birthplace of legendary children’s righter Hand Christian Anderson, of The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Emperor’s New Clothes fame, Odense clearly made 3D street art its own, with this depiction of the life-filled underwater dwelling of the eponymous Little Mermaid. 

3. Sustain Your Excellence

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Another Dutch example, this is an indoor gallery created at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam for the EFR Business Week stand which gradually became a magnet for art amateurs. With its outer limit climbing the surrounding walls, it has as opposite end a semi-circular couch that serves best as observation point for this installation called “Sustain Your Excellence”. Within a futuristic setting that seems to drawn inspiration from both Back to the Future’s famous hoverboard and The Jetsons’ retro-futuristic ways of transportation, the Fritz Lang aesthetics of the high rises are levelled with the office floor.

4. Sunken Playground

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Using the form to bring about further debate on the fight on what man-made climate change brings about, The Swedish Green Environmental Party (Miljöpartiet de Gröna) has commissioned these artists to step away from the canvas and tour this powerful fine work around Stockholm, Göteborg, and Malmö, Sweden’s largest three cities. The political, ideologically-heavy work brings the desired topic forward by confronting passers-by with the effects of global warming visible during their daily routine, and not just in a North Pole documentary or the occasional news.

5. 3D Streetpainting XL

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Just because VSK Beurs is “the most important exhibition for heating, climate control and sanitary systems in the Benelux area” it doesn’t mean it actually needs to be as boring as it promises.  And indeed, at least at this stand, it managed to avoid that and bring a bit of the NYC cool home by hosting this 3D street art, where the street is left outside in favour of M.C. Escher-influenced 2+1 levels house plan that manages to create a comfortable oasis in the middle of the expo area.

The Author Behind Banksy Art Unmasked? October 2014′s Internet Rumor

A website announced on October 20 that Banksy has been arrested. The story was later debunked by other sources, but the elaborate hoax managed to capture the Internet’s attention. It’s not the first time that such a news occurs online. A similar story created waves on the Internet in early 2013, drawing increased attention to Banksy art.

Banksy is one of the most mysterious artists of all times. His anonymity is striking because we live in a world where we are constantly under surveillance through CCTV or the use of any device with a chip, be it credit card, smartphone or computer.

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Banksy’s activities are precisely the type that the whole surveillance system seems to have been designed to stop from happening. In a way, he is a popular hero. He tells inconvenient social truths through effective metaphors. Most of his work is a fine social critique. But by doing it the way he does, Banksy breaks the law.

So why all the fuss around his arrest? It may be because it’s easy to empathize with him. In a way, we all feel that the system is rigged and the police is just another control mechanism favoring the few. If Banksy gets caught, the system will have won once again.

For a graffiti artist, Banksy has quite a lengthy career. Allegedly, the graffiti artist was born in 1974. One certain fact is that he was raised in Bristol and drew the first walls there while he was part of DryBreadZ Crew.

He rose to fame in the late 1990s, when the artist started using stencils as his primary mode of expression. Stencils have one huge advantage over other types of graffiti styles, they’re the fastest way of leaving a print, thus avoiding being caught by the police. Although graffiti partially developed into a legal form of art, its roots could not be further away from that.

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Banksy moved to London by the early 2000s and quickly gained notoriety. But although he was based in London, Banksy traveled the world to paint in various locations. That was the time when he participated at several exhibitions, including one in Sydney, Australia.

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One of the works that got him international status was the series of paintings on the Israeli West Bank Wall in 2005. Banksy harshly criticized Israel’s attitude while offering eerie images.

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Soon after, Banksy’s works turned hot as everyone wanted a Banksy. A whole industry now lives off his work, particularly auction houses. Banksy art is increasingly expensive. Balloon Girl, for example, sold for more than 30,000 pounds. Other street artists benefited from Banksy’s fame, as the anonymous street artist attracted the world’s attention to the whole genre.

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Stories of Banksy pieces being covered during renovation projects start to upset his fans and the art world in general. However, the authorities do not see his work as different from that of other graffiti artists.

More than a graffiti artist and a painter, Banksy is a film director. In 2010, he released “Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film,” a documentary portraying the life of a young aspiring street artist in Los Angeles. With the occasion of his Oscar nomination for the Best Documentary Feature, the artist painted a couple of walls in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Loved by the art scene and hated by local authorities, who see him as the enemy of their master plans, Banksy is the street artist who managed to impress everyone. Banksy art is highly expensive at the moment. “The Banality of the Banality of Evil” was sold for $615,000 in November 2013.

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Is Banksy Overrated? Some Street Artists Seem to Think So

Every time when someone mentions even the slightest interest in street art, you can bet that the name of Banksy will also be mentioned within the next two minutes or so. Most of these times, it will be the first name that comes up from the world of street artists, especially with people who admire the field from a distance and aren’t really all that immersed into it. But while it’s easier to remember particular works than names – especially if you’ve seen the works firsthand or if they feature a topic or a reference you like – it’s still easy to remember the name of Banksy.

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I don’t know exactly what makes it so. Perhaps it’s his fame in the first place, perhaps it’s the elusive air of a concealed identity that contributed to the myth building and now he’s such a myth in the scene that we don’t really care or remember how it was before the Banksy craze even started. (For those of you which might be appalled of the go-to assumption of gender, please take note that there have been a few seemingly legit interviews with the artist and while he still withheld any identification details, he confirmed to be a man.) The concealed identity and the somewhat subversive message of his art – even more subversive than street art is in itself – definitely contributed to the image of a modern day Robin Hood patrolling the cities and symbolically sticking it to the man. Perhaps that is the main reason for which Banksy has become such a huge favorite. But could it be that his days of glory have passed? Is Banksy overrated? Let’s see what recent street art trends seem to indicate.

One of the nicest recent moves related to street art, which we also covered here, is transforming street art works into GIFs. This way, the merger of street art with the other relevant field of today, which is digital culture and digital art, can be complete. Our post about it also featured an awesome Tumblr account which focuses only on Banksy’s works and transforms them into ingenious and creative GIFs, almost like breathing new life into them. Therefore, we can assume that the artist is definitely still relevant at least to one insider of the street art culture, if we only count the maker of the GIFs and not his many fans as well.

But in spite of this rather distinguishable exception, the general impression is still that most people who are in the know about street art consider Banksy overrated and a bit passé. He seems to remain a cult hero or a name to drop for extra points only for those of us who are really completely outside about street art in general and have only recently come to terms with the fact that graffiti is not vandalism. As for the street artists themselves who are the most likely to predict trends and reflect the general feeling in the field, the number of those who consider Banksy overrated seems to be on the rise.

Little mischief acts like this one are becoming more and more frequent, in spite of the fact that his works are now protected by the law. In the eyes of many street art enthusiasts, perhaps that is just one more detail that makes Banksy overrated and no longer relevant, since the main purpose of street art should be, theoretically, to defy the space it will adorn. When the art itself becomes protected by law and its altering constitutes an instance of vandalism, it kind of lost its mojo, wouldn’t you say?

A Refreshing Idea: GIFs made from Street Art

There is more to the world of street art than Banksy’s works, and our street art section here strives to continuously prove it. One of the best things about street art, as I’m sure many of its fellow fans will agree, is the way in which it integrates a social message into its literal, esthetic form. No longer was art something for the elites, something abstract and often hard to decode; the moment art descended into the streets, it became a fun and quirky and emotional way of getting a message across loud and clear. It is a form of art which is made by the masses for the masses.

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Of course, a street artist isn’t really an average person in terms of skill and talent and training and means, as it takes years and hard work to be able to get that good. (Except for stencils which are way easier to produce if you have a neat idea and some basic know-how.) But in spite of the artist’s exceptionality, he or she usually does not dissociate from the general population as far as feelings go. As a general rule of thumb, upon admiring a piece of street art, you always feel that it is made by a son or daughter of “the people”, as corny and cliché as that might sound. Perhaps the air of defying something – as street art is still theoretically forbidden and viewed as vandalism in many parts of the world and many areas of most cities – contributes to the social meaning and the feeling of togetherness with the whole of us. In any case, street art is always imbued with a higher social meaning than most classic art, and it always keeps up with the trends and realities of everyday life, by playing with some of the common places in popular culture and so on.

Digital culture was, until recently, something approached by street art only by attempting to imitate pixels or make references to outdated computer games or characters which most adults would be nostalgic for today (like Mario or Pac-Man, for instance). But a more recent trend has taken the fusion of street art with the digital world even further, creating something even more expressive than the regular version of street art. Making GIFs out of street art is the next best thing, and various sources all over the great wide web are doing it with various degrees of creativity and success. There are a few hubs where you can find street art gifs centralized and even grouped into themes.

For example, you can find a Tumblr blog entirely dedicated to Banksy’s works made into gifs here. The person behind the ABVH nickname is unmistakably putting in a lot of his own work and time and skill to create these animated and improved versions of Bansky’s creations. Therefore, it is quite debatable if we’re not talking about an artistic act in itself here with the GIF-making. That’s the great thing about both street art and digital culture: the usual boundaries and borders and blurred, inspiration can be taken from anywhere and the art itself belongs to everybody.

Another great example is this French site of animated graffiti art, which produces and publishes results best described as psychedelic. Not as socially charged as our previous example, but still visually compelling and fascinating nonetheless. After browsing these two suggestions, don’t stop here, by all means. We only included two for the sake of not writing a too lengthy post, but the internet is full of wonderful examples of street art gone digital into awesome gifs. Have fun browsing and drop us a line to tell us what you think of this trend.

20 Most Interesting and Creative Outdoor Ads

Advertising should be a part of every business plan. Companies which now know worldwide success still use ads to further propel their products. Take Coca-Cola as an example: everybody drinks it. Yet, they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to create better ads. The CEO of Coca-Cola actually stated that advertising should be done by every company, irrespective of its impact on the public, to increase sales. There are also many forms of advertising. We have vintage ads, funny ads, intelligent ads, and even more outdoor ads. Today we would like to focus on the 20 Most Interesting and Creative Outdoor Ads from famous brands such as Whiskas, FedEx, IKEA, Panasonic and many more. We will also share some lesser known company ads that definitely deserve a standing ovation. Let’s take a look at them.

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1. Coop’s Paints

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This incredibly creative ad somehow reminds us of the impact that street art has. It represents cans of Coop’s paint, one of which has spilled over the adjacent sidewalk.

2. IKEA

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IKEA is all about finding comfortable living and interior design solutions for its customers. This is why their outdoor ad represents 3d furniture and people.

3. The Economist

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This unique add presents a light-bulb that turns on and off, depending on how people walk past it: it lights up when someone is standing under the light-bulb.

4. FedEx vs UPS

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FedEx had some ads printed on its trucks. They represented its competitor’s, UPS trucks, stored inside their own trucks.

5. Mc Donald’s – Best Friends on the Planet

This is one of my favorite ads (even if I’m not a fan of Mc Donald’s). It represents the typical fries, red box; with yellow lights coming out of it (the lights represent the fries). This ad is sure to be seen at night.

6. Coca-Cola / WWF: Plant

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This smart billboard absorbs air pollutants.

7. Hot Wheels

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8. Jobsintown.de

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Everybody knows how difficult it can be to find a decent job. Jobsintown.de perfectly portrays the horrible process of job-hunting, and promises, through its ad, that it will find better solutions.

9. Joevanza – Mobility for Everyone

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Being disabled is extremely difficult. Many metro stations and buses are not equipped to handle individuals with mobility problems. Joevanza promises comfort for those with mobility problems, through its powerful ad.

10. Whiskas: Now with More Protein

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Have you ever seen a “Beware of Cat” sign? Probably not. Most of them are reserved for the big, scary dogs. But if your cat eats protein-rich Whiskas food, it will definitely need a “Beware of Cat” sign.

11. McDonald’s Coffee

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This interesting poled transformed into a clever Coffee ad for McDonald’s.

12. Dulcolax Ads

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Dusseldorf, Germany, is home to the hilarious Dulcolax laxative pillars. They feature giant, ordinary paper rolls.

13. Panasonic Nose Trim

20 Most Interesting and Creative Outdoor AdsNose hair is anesthetic. Panasonic will help you get rid of it without any problems. At least this is what the ad promises. Either way, it looks pretty funny.

14. Greenpeace Advertisement

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“There’s no better medicine for the environment than your contribution”. This is what the Greenpeace Advertisement says.

15. Copyshop: The Copied City

16. Zurich Zoo: More Space for the Big Ones

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We are not the only creatures on this planet. We must take care of the other animals as well. This Zurich Zoo ad encourages people to act.

17. Canon Advertising its S1 Camera

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Canon transformed street columns in the S1 camera model they released in 2006. Not only do the pillars fit the lens camera perfectly, but they also offer a three-dimensional look to the ad.

18. Craftsman Tools: Wrench Billboard

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Number 18 on our list of most interesting and creative ads is the billboard advertisement by Craftsman tools. The pole looks like a man holding a wrench.

19. Auckland Transport: Kids see Roads Differently

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A reminder that children see roads differently.

20. SunSmart Cancer Council Australia: Cut Out

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We hope you enjoyed these ads. Stay tuned for more!