Street art can promote conversation and highlight social, political and environmental issues and has always been a powerful platform to convey messages to the masses. Check out the street art murals brought to us in 2018 that promote injustices and inspire hope for our future…
A new mural by anonymous artist Banksy appeared in Hull, UK. The artwork appeared on the Scott Street Bridge and depicts a child holding a wooden sword with a pencil on the end, with the words written “Draw the Raised Bridge”. The new stencil may be Banksy fighting against the Raised/Open Bridge. During Hulls ‘Freedom Festival‘ the ‘Open Bridges Hull‘ project, curators Rich and Lou Duffy Howard, made history by closing all of Hull’s thirteen bridges, consequently splitting the city in two and denying freedom. For sixty seconds, all movement between East and West Hull was suspended!, this created debate about Freedom and the impact of withholding freedom, the freedom of movement and the meaning of freedom today in the world. Read more here.
A giant SOS distress call was carved into the landscape of an oil palm plantation in Sumatra by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, calling attention to the ongoing destruction of Indonesia’s forests and the demise of iconic species such as the Sumatran orangutan. Read more here.
A powerful art installation was revealed on the rooftops of London’s ITV studios on Southbank. The 84 male sculptures standing on the rooftop edge were made by American artist Mark Jenkins to raise awareness of male suicide. Read more here.
AptART (Awareness & Prevention Through Art) were back again with another street art project in Portland called “TOGETHER WE RISE”.The piece was created as collaboration with Ernesto Maranje and Suhaib Attar. Suhaib has Palestinian heritage and Ernesto has Cuban heritage, thus both have first hand experience of how supporting refugees and immigrants can raise up not only an individual but a whole city.Read more here.
Boa Mistura believe in art for change, inspiring people through collaborative processes working in public spaces. Their latest project takes them to the Ritsona refugee camp, about 70 km from Athens, Greece. Read more here.
“In Ritsona, the vast majority of refugees come from Syria and Iraq, so we have been inspired by the girihs, the geometric forms of Islamic art, to reinforce the sense of belonging to a place from which they were torn away, but which they carry with them in their identity.” BOA MISTURA
The Trashplant Festival is an innovative international project aimed to revolutionise our environmental awareness. Under the curatorship of Trash artist Bordalo II, famous all over the world for his #TrashAnimals, Trashplant took place in the city of San Cristobal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands. The world’s best urban artists who create environmental awareness through their art were invited to join Bordalo II to amplify his waste production mission.Read more here.
Acclaimed International Artist Faith XLVII completed her Unbound Mural Project for UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, CA. The mural covers two sides of a building at the corner of Golden Gate Ave and Hyde Street in downtown San Francisco and creates awareness for social and mental health care in USA. Read more here.
“There is a dire need for the funding of social series and mental health care in the USA. For humanitarianism of all forms. So first, we need to open the heart, and then we need to make social changes so that people have support the planet is sustainable.” Faith47
Kobra was active painting in New York City with his latest project “Colors of Liberty”. The Brazillian street artist is creating a series of murals promoting peace to the masses, through the power of street art. Through his art Kobra addresses issues such as the immigration crisis, environmental problems, racism, and the importance of disarmament. Read more here.
Internationally renowned mural artist Fintan Magee joined forces with Nuart and Attende for the second iteration of their Social Inclusion Through Street Art project, which aims to inspire action and change. Attende specialises in finding strengths where others see weaknesses, promoting the message that everyone has an important role to play in our society. This year the clean city gang, Attende’s Ren By Gjengen, were celebrated. Read more here.
Portuguese activist and ecologic artist Bordalo II, delivered his most ambitious trash animal installation to date, a 10,000 square feet world of trash animals entitled Wild Wild Waste, in Downtown Las Vegas, powered by Zappos.com and curated by Justkids, for the Life is Beautiful Festival. Wild Wild Waste is an eye-popping zoo parody with aims to draw attention to a current global problem, human waste production and the commodification of animal habitats, all the while offering viewers the ultimate destination for a creative funhouse. Read more here.
Amidst growing concerns around the impact of the fashion industry and consumer waste, a series of street art interventions by Bill Posters, appeared across the country to coincide with BlackFriday and Cyber Monday. Timed for release on the biggest global retail event of the year, Bill Poster’s latest campaign entitled ‘Waste World’ looks at the true consequences of the world’s rubbish – from clothes to plastics and e-waste – as well as those most affected by it. Read more here.
Britain’s tallest mural ‘Big Mother’ a protest by artist STIK against the destruction of social housing has finally come to the end of its life when the 14-storey social housing block it was painted on was demolished in Autumn. Meanwhile, locals were quick to recognise the potential value of the smaller mother and child figure painted at the base of the mural and salvaged the life-size artwork before works began and with the help of the artist the piece was authenticated and put in a sturdy steel frame. The half-ton, painted brick artwork was placed in Phillips auction where it sold for a record £193,750 ($247,500). Proceeds from the Big Mother’s sale, the second highest price achieved in the sale have gone to ARTification the local community arts charity who facilitated its creation in 2014. Read more here.
Hope you enjoyed our retrospective look at 2018. There were so many worthy projects that we didn’t include so please drop a comment in the comments box below if any have captured your heart this year.
We will continue to bring you more street art projects and murals in 2019 so check back at a later date on our news page and keep up to date with daily street art activity from GraffitiStreet via Facebook and Instagram.
Happy and Healthy New Year,
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