An Explosion of Colour Instead of Dull Grey Concrete
Photo Gallery of the Street Art bienal design 2015 Project in Florianópolis, Brazil
This post is special. For us it’s not the norm to publish two unrelated street art posts, one after the other. Nor have we ever before published a whole gallery showing only one single street art project!
As with most street art we came to this one by pure chance. Funnily enough: we got lost driving around Ilha Santa Catarina, the island of Florianópolis. [Yes, Yasha always likes to say “We’re not lost – we have nowhere we have to be.” I like to disagree.] On that day we wanted to go to the south of the island, but we missed a turn due to road works and were heading north towards the city centre of Florianópolis instead.
Once I realised our mistake, I reset our GPS and had to do a U-turn a few hundred metres down the highway at a specially built turning bay. On our way back in the right direction we came to an overpass. Yasha noticed the street art below and pointed it out to me. Immediately, I looked for a way to get off the highway to stop and take photos.
As soon as I parked Berta and looked at the wall, I realised that we had found something special. This isn’t a small street art object – this is an extensive work in very vivid colours, stretching over more than hundred metres.
Within it you see what appear to be normal tags next to exquisite motifs of similar size – countless individual pieces flowing into each other to form one giant explosion of bright colours. Yet, at the same time, some sections stand out due to their very individual style.
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Once I started to walk along the wall, taking pictures of motifs that stood out, I realised that this work was far more complex than it appeared to be on first impression. There are elements connecting individual sections in such a way that you really have to look twice (or thrice).
For example, roughly in the middle you find a change from orange yellowish tones to blue; a fish in this part is half executed in orange-yellow, half in blue shades – even the way the fish is painted differs from one half to the other, although it’s clearly a connecting element.
You also see fish or birds forming part of faces. The faces are clearly there, the animals are also clearly visible…
When I came to the furthest end of the wall I found a long ‘credit’ section, which explained
- the complexity of this street art project (that a large group of artists created it)
- the quality of this street art.
This wall, in a prominent place along the route from the airport into the city of Florianópolis, was created during the Bienal Brasileira de Design , an all-encompassing bi-annual design symposium which was held in Florianópolis in 2015.
Graffiti (alongside topics like graphic design, furniture, general 3D-design) was part of the symposium’s program. Unfortunately, with my non-existent Portuguese, I was unable to find out more about this particular street art project. If you are curious please follow the link or google yourself…
I won’t ask you what your favourite section of this StreetArt wall is – personally, I find this too difficult to decide.
But what do think of it in general?
Is it an enhancement of the urban landscape?
Do you think that this “explosion of colour instead of dull grey concrete” is an improvement on an otherwise ugly overpass?
Or do you find it a distraction, even an ‘eyesore’?