Get Up NY – Instagram

Get Up NY is a social media driven street art campaign by an anonymous American group. Focusing on our current obsession with Instagram, the group creates posters from users Instagram images, pasting them near to where the image was taken. The intention of the campaign is to offer a retrospective look at the location from the users point of view.

Any Instagram users wanting to have the chance of their images being used in the campaign are encouraged to hashtag their posts with #GetUpNY or email getupny@gmail.com

Below are some of my favourites from Get Up NY – head over to their Instagram page to view more from their campaign.

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The Ghosts of Google Street View

Street Ghosts is an art instillation project by Paolo Cirio who aims to highlight the notion of publicly displayed but privately-held data. Stating ‘In this project, I exposed the specters of Google’s eternal realm of private, misappropriated data: the bodies of people captured by Google’s Street View cameras, whose ghostly, virtual presence I marked in Street Art fashion at the precise spot in the real world where they were photographed.’

Once Cirio has selected a subject and location he then prints the image in colour on to thin papaer, cuts it out and affixes it to the wall of the building in the precise spot where they appear in the Google Street View image using wheatpaste.

Check out the links below each image to see the original on Google Street View.

 

Google Street View Location

Google Street View Location 

Google Street View Location 

Cayetano Ferrer – Camouflaged Boxes

Camouflaged Cardboard Boxes is the latest installation from urban prankster artist, Cayetano Ferrer. The series of installation’s see’s Ferrer’s take on street art with cardboard boxes being set down around random locations and painted to blend in with their surroundings. The detail on the boxes and the way they blend in perfectly with the surroundings which have been picked is amazing and something I haven’t seen before.

These are some of the camouflaged cardboard box creations:

Cayetano Ferrer

Cayetano Ferrer

Images from: (http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/cayetano-ferrer

Wallpaper Dumpsters

I am a huge fan of guerrilla gardening, or any form of art which makes communities and discarded or ‘ugly’ structures look beautiful, so this project immediately caught my attention. Wallpaper dumpsters are the brainchild of artist Christine Finley who believes the decorative dumpsters are ‘polite graffiti’, which I think is a great way of summing up her work. They are starting to appear in a number of places, such as New York, Los Angeles and Rome and Finley is aiming to wallpaper dumpsters and rubbish receptacles in various cities throughout Europe in 2010. You can’t deny that these made-over dumpsters look a heck of a lot nicer than the plain, rusty dumpsters and rubbish bins on our streets. Christine Finley talks about the aims of the project saying –  ‘Wallpapered Dumpsters transform environmental activism into unexpected beauty. I like to think of these interventions as polite graffiti. This project is an inquiry into urban waste, free art, and notions of femininity, beauty and domesticity’.

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Little people in the city

After spending ages in Magma today pondering over which books/magazines to purchase I decided to just get Creative Review and leave, but whilst in the queue I spotted something which caught my eye…’Little People in the City’ – The Street art of Slinkachu, and without having time to look inside I decided to take a chance and make the purchase, and i’m sooo glad I did. Slinkachu is a street artist  who for several years has been making tiny models and then leaving them in different scenarios on the city streets to ‘fend for themselves’. The whole book reminds me of when I was younger and my nanna used to put fairy dolls at the bottom of her garden and take us out at night to look at them, sometimes she brought them inside and when we asked why they didn’t move she would tell us that they didn’t like the light…this led to both of my brothers and I believing in fairies for half of our childhood life…I think it’s just that fact that we all find something magical about the thought of tiny little people living in our world,  like those from Gulliver’s Travels or The Borrowers.

Anyways, back to Slinkachu – When talking about his work he says: “I prefer work that isn’t thrust in your face. There is a high chance that my installations may never be found. My scenes are made with tiny models and left hidden away on city streets, so they may be lost. But that’s what I like about them…Outdoor art always has an element of surprise because you have to search it out. People often recognise the locations on my website and try to find the work, but it will probably have been washed or kicked away by the time they get there. My main hope is that people will stumble across my art and not know anything about it in advance.” I love Slinkachu’s ethos of work and the fact that he isn’t forcing it upon us like many other street artists, imaging not knowing of his work and just coming across it as you are walking down the street…there is something quite magical about that! I have become a massive fan of street art in recent years and after purchasing his book today I would definitely say that Slinkachu is a new favourite of mine!

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They’re Not Pets Susan – Primrose Hill, London 2007

Cash Machine, Hammersmith, London 2007

Manhole Swimming, Ravenscourt Park, London 2007
Spare Some Change, Hammersmith, London 2007
Terror Alert, Shoreditch, London 2007
For more work by Slinkachu visit his blog – http://little-people.blogspot.com/, or go buy his book – Little People in the City!