memorial

A sea of flowers, with some text and a few photos… Who doesn’t automatically get a feeling of solemn regard? Guerrilla memorial sites perhaps are one of the most powerful, yet macabre, actions in public space.

Through WoosterCollective, this London action commenting capitalism’s crisis is quite nice:

See more of this on Flickr. It reminds me of the works of Jonas Staal, who put up memorial sites of some right-wing populist politician.

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October 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

guerilla polar bear

Users of a round-about in The Netherlands suddenly witnessed a giant polar bear just about to throw an oil drum. The polar bear, weighing 5000 kilos and made of old car tires, has been put there secretly in the night by action group Acting Forward by the help of a construction company.

“The ice bear has come here since its natural habitat is disappearing,” says Abel Heijkamp. The negative consequences of car traffic should be made visible in the public domain. Making reality visible in another context is the best means.”

(Thanks, Alex van Veen from Ravage!)

September 29, 2008 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

Adult playground

Via Pixelsumo, Bryan Taylor wonders if children and play are designed out of the public realm: “71% of adults used to play on the streets when they were young”. Have we forgotten what it is to play? To experience accidental fun in urban space?

To open up public space for playing, Bryan hung a swing in a London bus stop. Remarkable that it is most utilized by adults… And not too difficult to put up. Watch:

August 19, 2008 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

Miniature banner dropping

Tired of the predictable spectacle of banner dropping? Try this!

Energy company E.ON wants to build a new coal power station, allegedly rendering all efforts for reduction of CO2 emissions ineffective. The British Legoland in Winsor, of which E.ON’s sponsorship has led to a miniature replica of a power station, next to Westminster Abbey and the Big Ben, has been surprised with a visit from creative environmentalists. As in the real world, a big banner saying “Stop climate change!” has been dropped. The activists have prepared their action with lots of detail: Next to the protesters, also a police helicopter and riot cops have been placed. Watch:

August 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm Leave a comment

Reverse Graffiti

City walls are covered with dust, oil and stains. Some people hate it, others hate hygienic walls even more. In Los Angelos, a graffiti artist NAME is fascinated by the accumulated dirt on the walls. He makes the theme of clean and dirty visible by cleaning the walls, but only where needed. With a pressure washer and wooden stencils, he transforms the sloppy walls into an ecological experience.

Check out this video!


June 25, 2008 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

sculpture hacking

Somewhere in New York, this sculpture of Ghandi lives:

Ghandi in NYC

After some effort, maybe from judithsupine, who has quite a lot of interesting wheatpasting images on her flickr-gallery, the personalization of peaceful resolution of conflicts becomes:

Bush in NYC

Wonder how this has been made…

June 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

Guerilla Gardening

An empty, neglected piece of land in your neighborhood? Transform it into your own public garden! Guerilla Gardening, is what it’s called. And in the Netherlands, a site has launched where guerilla gardens can be claimed, appointments can be made to make these gardens.

guerilla gardening in utrecht, NL

May 26, 2008 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

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