Artist Paints Self-Deprecating Phrases on Discarded Items Found on the Street

For her latest project titled "I'm a Piece of Garbage", artist Annica Lydenberg used sign painting, a very traditional medium, to write self-deprecating phrases on discarded objects found on the street. The objects were then photographed by Gui Machado on pristine, bright happy backgrounds to further emphasize the contrast between the dueling aesthetics of trash versus treasure. "I’m a Piece of Garbage truly brought me back to my childhood roots when my folks would peruse the streets for discarded items or furniture for our apartment." Lydenberg says, "In our household, what might have been considered a relatively ok item was admired greatly had it come from the street. I never quite outgrew this habit, now turning trash to treasure through sign painting and photography."

Creative Workshop Teaches the Basics of Graffiti to Seniors in Neighbourhoods Around Lisbon

Developed by Coworklisboa in partnership with the Wool - Urban art of Covilha Festival, LATA 65 (lata means “can” in Portuguese), is an urban art workshop that teaches the basics of graffiti to seniors in various neighbourhoods around Lisbon, Portugal. Through the workshop attendees learn a variety of graffiti techniques, working directly with some of the best urban artists, ultimately incorporating their work in murals across the city. The goal of the project is to stimulate creativity in all elders outside of the context of traditional art venues, bridging the gap between generations and banishing ageist stereotypes.

PomPom Mirror: An Interactive Installation Built from Hundreds of Moving Faux Fur Puffs

New York-based artist Daniel Rozin (previously), creates incredible installations and sculptures that react to the movements of viewers. His latest project called "PomPom Mirror", features a synchronized array of 928 spherical faux fur puffs controlled by hundreds of motors that respond to the presence of viewers using computer-vision. Along its surface, figures appear as fluffy animal-like representations within a three-dimensional grid of beige and black. Rozin explains, "Ghostly traces fade and emerge, as the motorized composition hums in unified movement, seemingly alive and breathing as a body of its own."

Instagrammer Inserts Paper Cut-Outs of Famous Paintings into Scenes from Everyday Life

For his ongoing project titled “Great Masters Having Great Times”, Brazilian-born Lorenzo Castellini, decided to turn his appreciation for art into a humorous instagram photo series. Armed with a smartphone and paper cut-outs clipped from art books, Castellini wandered the streets of São Paulo and manually superimposed characters and personages from well-known paintings into everyday scenes.

Artist Creates Unusual Self-Portraits Wearing Head Wraps Made Out of Various Materials

Brazilian artist Edu Monteiro often puts himself into his own work, using his own body as an artistic medium. For his project titled "Sensorial Self-Portraits", he constructed a series of masks that enveloped his entire head (often with organic materials) to completely alter his personal sensorial experience of the world - sight, sound, smell, touch, taste. He then photographed himself wearing the strange head wraps. When asked how it felt to be wrapped in things he feared, Monteiro said, "The worst was being buried in sand, even with a breathing tube (which you cannot see in the photograph), I felt certain that I was going to die."

Street Artist HOT TEA Transforms the Manhattan Park Pool into a Colorful Work of Art

Minneapolis-based street artist Hot Tea, recently completed work on a new project at the Manhattan Park Pool on New York's Roosevelt Island. Inspired by his color field installations that take up both private and public spaces, the artist used 120 gallons of paint to create vibrantly luminous gradients in the area around the pool. The private commission called "Asylum," was commissioned by design firm K&CO and Pliskin Architecture and will be open all summer for pool visitors. "I entitled this piece 'Asylum' because the act of creating it pushed my mental and physical endurance so far that I wasn’t sure I could complete the task,” he says of the project.

Artist Paints Stunning Geometric Patterns on the Floors of Abandoned Buildings

A creative designer and artist born in Barcelona, Javier de Riba has worked at various agencies and studios in the role of Art Director. Nowadays, Javier uses his amazing color skills to paint the floors of abandoned buildings with unique compositions made out of geometric shapes and patterns. Via his website, "For Javi, each piece challenges his aesthetic, driving him to try new styles and techniques while balancing his existing abilities with his desire for growth and exploration. His journey is an ongoing battle against stagnancy, in favour of versatility and innovation."

Photographer Poses Real Soldiers as Plastic Army Men in the Desert of Western Sahara

British photographer Simon Brann Thorpe‘s latest work titled "Toy Soldiers", blurs the boundaries between document, landscape and concept-based photography to explore a conflict that has been going on for 40 years in the Sahara desert and nonetheless is largely ignored by Western media. Thorpe collaborated with a military commander operating in the region to have real, human soldiers pose like toy soldiers. He explains, "The project enabled the creation of an arresting visual metaphor from which viewers can develop their own emotional, physical and political response to war and conflict."

Artist's Hand-Painted Animal Skeletons Explore the Perils of Consumer Culture

Blending themes of consumerism culture, artist Gurt Swanenberg, obsessively hand-paints the skeletons and skulls of animals with major brands' logos. His work depicts a modern version of the classic theme of the seven deadly sins and challenges viewers to reflect upon the certainties and stereotypes of the exploitative nature of gluttonous capitalism. "I like the juxtaposition of skull and logos from consumer goods." Swanenberg explains, "This is an unusual way to use skulls in artwork, but reflects the death of our independent society when we’re buried in mass consumerism."

Pneumàtic: A Series of Public Art Installations Created with Recycled Tires

As part of this year’s edition of the Ús Barcelona street art festival, artists Octavi Serra, Iago Buceta, and Mateu Targa, collaborated on a series of public art installations that were made with cut salvaged tires which were hung in various urban locations around Barcelona’s ‘Tomato District'. The project titled "Pneumàtic", engages passersby into a playful dialog between physical and imagined worlds by going beyond the formal limits of walls and architecture.