In the contemporary scene of installation and urban art, the polish artist NeSpoon creates with her work a winner mix of street art and traditional pottery and embroidery techniques. The project Oak Beach, an original intervention on natural environment takes its name, she said, from her favorite place on the Baltic sea, were she used to go every summer.
What she does in this context is trying to introduce her art in a particular place crowded with memories, using laces not as a stencil – as she usually does – but creating installations on raw objects found on the beach: carefully constructed compositions are tied between the branches of pieces of tree trunks. By doing this, she’s moving installations outside the usual art theatre, looking for interaction with bathers on the beach. She explains that “Many people took pictures of the installations, they moved them around from place to place, they were even used for the construction of beach camps. Kids played around them and with them.”
We believe that, once this level of interaction is achieved, it can show which is the living nature and the real aim of a motionless installation.
Images taken from http://www.behance.net/gallery/Oak-Beach/599056
Everyone can be an artist and every location an atelier: this is the project of Windowzoo, a new typology of urban landscape intervention. Till Bay, a software architect from Zurich, found in the stickers his art and in the glass his medium: his work consists in leaving animal-shaped stickers upon the windows of the cities. Thanks to him, we can see birds, bears or sharks on the glass of a bus stop, on a bar’s window, in a museum, at the stadium, at the aquarium and even at the top of Milan’s cathedral dome.
The peculiarity of these stickers is their interaction in different scales with the landscape beyond the glass, so, if watched from a certain perspective, we can see, for example, a flamingo balancing on a fence, or some sea horses swimming among skyscrapers. The photographic medium is of course very important in traslating these small installations in the way the artist planned to do. Also, the context becomes indispensable for the work of art itself.
In these years Windowzoo became a community art project, everyone can download a little photo-manual to create other new birds and set them free in many other countries. So far, the project involved 603 cities all around the world and all the actions are connected thanks to the web.
Hitchcock was right, the Birds started their migration.
Images taken from http://www.flickr.com/groups/windowzoo/pool/