To some people, street art is most commonly associated with spraypaint and stencils. However, street and urban art fans will know that there are no limits to what an artist can create or which medium they use.
With that in mind, here are 10 street artists that I think are stepping away from the preconceived image of what street art is, doing something amazingly unique with their art. Click on the names to see more of their work!
Shatters creates installations out of shards of glass and mirrors that he finds in the street or on the floor. It is time-consuming work; each installation takes hours to create the sculpture and all the detail around it. You can find the majority of his work on walls in Montmartre, Paris.
2. Jordane Saget aka J3
J3 doodles on well, everything, in his signature chalk patterns. The world is literally his canvas; everywhere he goes there’s opportunity to draw! You can normally find him running from place to place in and around Paris.
3. Clet Abraham
Clet Abraham hacks street signs and makes them fun to look at! He has become more well-known for his work recently, with lots of media picking up on his tongue-in-cheek pieces around the centre of Paris. You know, it’s actually surprising how easy it is to miss them when you’re not expecting them to be there!
Mademoiselle Maurice was a recent find of mine and I can’t believe I didn’t find her sooner! She’s famous for her incredible origami street installations – some of them span the entire length of buildings! I love how her work brightens up the street and also looks really pretty!
He doesn’t actually have any sort of online presence but he paints tiny (but beautiful) Impressionist-style scenes on bricks and steps in the city of Valparaiso, in Chile. If there’s a particular one you like he will recreate it on canvas for you to take home too. You can find his work dotted all around the city.
Put simply, Peeta makes amazing 3D graffiti! He sprays his name on walls with a technique that makes the word pop out like it’s alive, by adding dimension to the traditional formation of typography… and that explanation was very, very simple compared to his explanation as to why he does what he does and how. So go read this. It’s much more impressive!
Vhils used to be a prolific graffiti writer in the early 2000’s but now he uses tools like chisels and power drills to literal scratch off the surface of buildings to create huge artworks. It must take such a long time to finish one piece!
German duo Zebrating paint on the side of railings and steps so you can only see the whole image when standing at the the right angle. They normally use spray paint and each piece takes only around 30 minutes to create.
9. Jann Vorman
Jann Vorman puts lego in the place of bricks in the wall! They were completed for a project by Dispatchwork, which is a collaborative and worldwide project where people ‘fix’ broken walls with lego bricks to add colour and the memory of childhood playfulness to grey cities.
Alexey Menschikov makes art out of cracks in walls and floors! His whole instagram feed is full of various ways he has ‘adapted’ cracks in walls, wet patches, or a broken pipe… or even just a bunch of grapes. He seems to be able to make something playful out of even the most mundane or boring things!