Art Best of 2020 – Street Art
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Best of 2020 – Street Art

Giulia Guido

Despite the lockdown, despite the canceled trips, despite the postponed festivals, this year the street artists did not give up and continued to create and transform city streets into open-air museums. Let’s review together the best artworks of this year!

Saype arrives in Italy with Beyond Walls

Two hands joining in a chain that knocks down the walls, both physical and mental. This is the image that appeared in June 2019, in all its majesty, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, and it is the same image that also appeared in Turin this year. 
It is the work of Saype, a French-Swiss land artist who a year and a half ago created the project “Beyond Walls“. 
Like all his works, the Turin one, too, was created with total respect for nature, with a technique that made it disappear in about 90 days. In spite of this, the hope is that the human chain, made up of common values and intentions, will be able to resist over time.

Amaury Dubois’ fresco in a Church of Châtelaillon-Plage

Created inside the Church of Sainte-Madeleine in Châtelaillon-Plage, a French town overlooking the sea, the work of the artist Amaury Dubois has earned the title of one of the largest frescoes ever painted inside a French church.

Dubois’ subjects are images that can be linked to the spiritual dimension of the church, but also to the seaside resort that houses it. We find, in fact, the bewitching waves of the sea that stand out on the ceiling and are full of fish bones, symbols of the ocean but also of Christianity.

Walala Parade, Camille Walala’s huge mural in London

This year, Leyton High Road, a street in east London, has been filled with colors and geometric shapes thanks to one of the city’s largest public art projects.
Internationally renowned artist Camille Walala has created the “Walala Parade“, a mural in shades of red, blue, yellow, black and purple to make a grey area of the city more liveable.

Infinite Cantabria, the artistic intervention by Okuda San Miguel in the Faro de Ajo

Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel is back again this year to make us dream with his monumental and multicolored murals.
The one in question is a unique intervention of its kind for the Spanish coast.
Infinite Cantabria” was created by working on the outer surface of the Ajo Lighthouse.
The artist has defined the work as a tribute to the natural richness of Cantabria, the colors and textures typical of its fauna, and its cultural diversity characterized by a great openness and modernity towards the world.

“Kintsugi Court”, the gold field redeveloped by Victor Solomon

This summer, to celebrate the revival of the NBA, artist Victor Solomon transformed a dilapidated basketball court into a work of art using the traditional Japanese Kintsugi technique.
Solomon and his team filled the eye-catching cracks in a small Los Angeles court with a special tree sap lacquer dusted with gold dust, creating the Kintsugi Court.

Add Fuel, the street artist who transforms azulejos into murals

Walking through the streets of Lisbon, besides being fascinated by the facades of some buildings completely covered with typical azulejos, you can admire the murals of Add Fuel that pay homage to this ancient technique.
This year, Add Fuel has finished “Adapta“, a mural covering the entire outer wall of a building on Rua da Senhora da Glória that shows several overlapping patterns reminiscent of those on azulejos.
Add Fuel’s works are the perfect example of how contemporary art can be inspired and pay homage to the artistic traditions of the past.  

“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

In the year of Christo’s death, who with his wife Jeanne-Claude became one of the leading exponents of Land Art, street artist Leon Keer wanted to pay homage to him with his work entitled “Safe House“.
It is a mural created on the external facade of a house and simulates its packaging. Obviously, the subject is a homage to the Objets Emballé of the famous duo, that is, objects of everyday use, but also monuments or elements of the landscape, packed with fabric and thread. 

“Revolution,” John Pugh’s latest optical illusion

We move to Illinois, Ottawa, to review the work by John Pugh entitled “Revolution“. The American artist is famous for his “trick of the eye” murals that deceive the viewer into believing that the wall of a building is broken and cracked and creating beautiful hyperrealistic optical illusions. Even with “Revolution” he has managed to deceive us, giving us the illusion that the women depicted are literally moving a wall by creating secret passages.

“Escenografia Alimentaria”, the artwork by Sabotaje Al Montaje

Matías Mata, better known as Sabotaje Al Montaje, an artist originally from the Canary Islands, this year gave us “Escenografia Alimentaria“, a mural created in the neighborhood where he lives in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife.
The artwork shows two people eating invisible food and a farmer working the land. The work aims to make people reflect on the importance of local consumption in the struggle for the environment.

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Written by Giulia Guido
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