Many places, famous around the globe today, were created by a bunch of enthusiasts without money or outside help. These people lived for their ideas and were doing everything to turn them into reality. Official date of street art appearance is believed to be year 1942, fervor of World War II.
Street art: «5Pointz» in New York
Official date of street art appearance is believed to be year 1942, fervor of World War II. Then a creative worker named Kilroy from Detroit factory started writing a phrase “Kilroy was here” on every box with armament that was sent to the allies. Soldiers began to reproduce the phrase on the walls of buildings that survived bombings, using their own last names. Painters Cornbread, Cool Erl and Top Cat from Philadelphia are believed to be creators of graffiti as a separate area of pictural art. From there new phenomenon spread around the United States. New York became the capital of graffiti – one can find whole streets painted in such a style there.Photo untappedcities.com
Informed people call “5Pointz” in the district of Long Island on the cross of Jackson Avenue and Davis Street the temple of street art. Street painters from the States, Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil and other countries of the world turned buildings of the abandoned factory into a museum. “5Pointz” became the traditional place of gathering for graffiti painters, movie directors, photographers and numerous musicians playing hip-hop and R&B. Every day another extravagant performance is expecting the visitors, and, you mind it, absolutely for free. The project draws its support from donations and sponsor help.
Occupy: Kreuzberg squat’s district in Berlin
After the fall of the Berlin Wall many houses in the eastern part of the city emptied out – their inhabitants rushed westward. Then a variegated movement of youngsters from all over the world decided to make some use of the abandoned houses. After the self-acquisition, painters and musicians renovated newly-acquired dwellings and arranged them after their own manner. Thus Easter Berlin squats became sort of a bulwark of alternative art.Photo matadornetwork.com
Kreuzberg is probably the most picturesque districts in this respect. Palette of nationalities, representatives of which settled here, is rather wide and everyone brought to the general picture a speck of own culture. Aura of underground and dissent reigns around. Local citizens are constantly protesting against something. On a broad meadow overlooking river Spree beneath huge graffiti “East and West” and “Golden chains of capitalism” a small group of people can be found protesting against rise in price year around. Painters, photographers and musicians fighting for so-called independent art free from walls, capitalistic exhibition halls and censorship, can be found here. To show their protest, they paint walls and windows, making a never-ending open performance thus amusing themselves and the visitors.
Trash art masterpieces: Foreverton Park in Wisconsin, USA
In the circles of environmental activists there is a saying: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Painters who work in the style of trash art take it pretty literally. They create off-beat pictures, sculptures, furniture and even whole fun fairs out of a pile of household rubbish. Photo sillyamerica.com
Probably one of the most ambitious art objects ever formed from garbage is a creation of Dr. Evermore in Wisconsin. Huge sculptures made of scrap metal were constructed by a 70-year old American Tom Every. He had been collecting elements of old cars and electronic devices his whole life in order to craft together his vision of Apollo expedition out of it. Every had been dreaming about something of the kind since childhood but he only started construction when he retired in 1983.
In Foreverton – this is how this garden of urban sculptures was nicknamed by the visitors – an exhibit of 70 figures of fantastic birds can be seen. Some of them have an in-built music box to amuse public with equally whimsical tunes.
What is it that characterizes any nation without much words and long explanations? Dances, of course, because it is these movements, refined over centuries, that can tell a foreigner about other peoples much more than thick history books. If you carefully watch and feel the way people dance in different countries, their mind set will become much more comprehensible. And these aren’t mere words.
There’s hardly anything that compares to bright-starred sky and silence. It is the stars that OUTLOOK want to tell you about or more precisely about the places with the best view on them. In Europe it is recommended to go stargazing not to some place but to… Slovenia. Point is, this small country is one of the cleanest in the world and consequently isn’t that polluted with smog.
Each state has its own official symbols: flag, coat of arms and anthem. But in addition to the traditional "identification mark" there are symbols chosen by people, for instance, a favourite bird. It is about them OUTLOOK expands below. To register the people's love by document, in 1960 in Tokyo at the International Conference on the Protection of Birds was created the concept of "national bird".
We have amber flowing through our veins, joke the Balts. They believe that a sunny stone comes from tear drops of their goddess Jūratė. According to legend, she was careless enough to fall in love with a mere mortal fisherman named Kastytis who day by day cast his nets to the Baltic Sea.
Dirty cars are like a host for an artist. One may treat such art differently. Someone will wrinkle his nose and disdainfully wrestle his clothes. Others necessarily want to put a finger in such a picture in order to check the fragility of the "canvas" and smear its outlines. However, others will definitely make a selfie. However, nobody can pass by.
Land-art is not simply the landscape design but also the whole direction in art which in thee 21-st century considered one of the most important when only lazy people do not speak about the ‘green technologies’ and environment. The names of stars of such an activity have sturdily come into the speech of the tutors, critics, and connoisseurs, especially they outline Patrick Dougherti.
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
Residents of big cities almost daily use the subway as a transport means. Alas, in the rapid pace of modern life a few people can afford to enjoy the design of these transit hubs. OUTLOOK is not able to stop time, but allow us to highlight fifteen of the most mesmerizing underground subway station from all around the world.
Each of us wants to escape rush of a city from time to time and lie low somewhere far from everything and anything. And it better be a place where one can listen to whisper of waves, feel light breeze and forever make friends with inimitably loud silence that muffles every disturbing thought…
Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue...
To visit three countries over one day – it is possible if you are in Aachen. Situated amid Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, small student town took in features of medieval culture that reflected in its astonishing architecture. Yelena Buravtsova visited the town for it to win her heart with its off-beat monuments, streets paved with stone blocks, cozy cafés, one of a kind printed spice cake, museums and spectacular races.
Treehouses, dug-outs and secret shelters – all the things we used to build when children. Unfortunately, as we grow older, fantasy fades and most of us now live in uncomfortable grey “boxes”. However, there are people who have created dwellings of their dreams by themselves.
Even being adults, sometimes we are able to bring to life the children’s fantasies, see the stories from childish dreams, and embody what has seemed to be the fairytale. Have you ever dreamt of being in the whale’s chaps? Just imagine that you were swollen by the giant fish, and you were living there for a long time, looked at it inside, settled down there, swam and dived there?
Impressions of this city depend much on what you have visited before being introduced to it. After Los Angeles it may seem very business-like and culturally rich, after New York – provincial and old-fashioned somehow. In any case, it has a bright and memorable face of a gentleman from Massachusetts.
In a local history museum in every country you visit, you will certainly notice similar archaeological finds - fragments of clay products. Pottery, born millennia ago, but “living” even today, can rightfully be considered one of the most tenacious one. The uniqueness of clay was noticed by our distant ancestors who lived in caves ...
The Japanese are very creative people, especially when it comes to rice. If they have some extra spare time and large spacious rice paddies, then routine process of growing an agricultural crop turns into art...
Many city dwellers are irritated by cats, dogs or even pigeons in the streets. Attempts of zoo-advocates to save them from attacks of people and from starvation are mainly ineffective. But there are wonderful cities in this world where people perfectly coexist with deer, peacocks and cattle…
Nowadays the word "art" is sparkling and strikes the eye wherever you cast a look. Alas, if applied to ordinary canteen with dirty tables and flies, the place will not become a pleasant public catering with creative design. Yet, when it comes to genuine art, one should call things by their names, so we immerse into concrete jungle of mega-cities to enjoy one of the areas of street-art known as stencil art.
For certain reasons there are two capitals in America – official and actual. Context manager from Kyiv Bohdan Yanchev visited them both and told us about spirits of these cities, about their landmarks and about what they represent in reality. If you think that New York is imbued with expensive perfumes and there is nothing else to do in Washington but to lie on a lawn by the White House – you are wrong!
Next ‘character’ of our cycle about symbolic means of public transport is yellow cab of New York. It is impossible to imagine the Big Apple and especially its centre, Manhattan, without those bright and incredibly handy cars. Seemingly, there are more “checkers” than people.