The Transformative Beauty of Ad Hoc Street Art

We recently stumbled on a wondrous painted wall in the Bowery, the work of Bronx graffiti artist Cope2. We felt as though we’d suddenly walked into a different gravitational field, due to the riot of seriously joyous color. It is on the same concrete slab wall that artist Keith Haring and a number of other artists decorated over the years, to change the view.

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graffiti artist’s custom tool coat for making art on-the-fly

Dig this brilliantly-devised graffiti artists coat, lined with cans of colored spray paint: genius! It is the perfect example of devising/hacking/creating tools for your own unique needs and vision. It reminds us this principle from Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth: Make your own tools. Hybridize your tools in order to build unique things. Even…

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how a little colored paint can transform neighborhoods

We were knocked out by the insanely colorful streetscape made by a Lebanese team of artists/designers, known as dihzahyners, in Beirut. We imagined how the the worst and bleakest urban neighborhoods we’ve traveled through would be TRANSFORMED by color. All it takes is paint, vision, collective effort:

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