2017 - Fort Smith AR
I cannot believe I haven't posted these murals before!!! It's going to take several posts to cover them all. Click here for more Fort Smith, a great small town to visit.
Fort Smith sponsors public murals much like Rochester NY does.
The Unexpected — curated by global creative house JustKids — brings urban and contemporary art to Arkansas, culminating in an annual week-long event in downtown Fort Smith.A key element of The Unexpected, the event brings a team of international artists who add original works to a growing collection of phenomenal and unexpected public art.
VHILS is a Portuguese street artist. His internationally recognized trademark is the forming of dramatic, oversized portraits made by carving directly into outdoor walls. He has torn, drilled and blasted his way around the globe to create uncommon and striking portraits of the common citizen. His groundbreaking carving technique has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the street in the last decade. Using jackhammers and chisels, Vhils used his unique process to create a stunning portrait which was based on the first photographs made of Native American Cherokee.
MoleRoa, the globe-trotting Belgian street artist brought to life another one of his lovely monochrome creatures. This time around, it’s a giant mole which is about to eat a yummy worm for its dinner.
Through her work, South African artist, Faith47, attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search for our place in this world.
Using a wide range of media, her approach is exploratory and includes found and rescued objects, shrine constructions, painting, projection mapping, video installations, printmaking and drawings.
Bicicleta Sem Freio (or Bicycle Without Breaks in English) was founded in Brazil in 2005. They became internationally famous for their large-scale public artworks in 2013 that can be seen in The Unites States, Europe and Brazil. The Brazilian duo spent over a week to create a big mural on the streets of Fort Smith, Arkansas. The piece is entitled Catira. Catira is a typical dance from the interior area of Brazil, where Bicicleta Sem Freio are from, and is performed by ranchers and farmers.