If you’re interested the tangible benefits of street art and architecture, check out this TED talk from Edi Rama. Rama was mayor of Tirana in Albania from 2000 to 2011, during which time his team covered many buildings in bright, bold colours and patterns.
I have not one but two things to announce in relation to One Direction’s song ‘One Thing’…
**Despite their name suggesting a problem with actually holding their necessary tools, **_Broken Fingaz Crew – _Israel’s pre-eminent street artists – have been conquering walls throughout the world for nigh-on twelve years. And recently they returned to the smoke to contribute some of their unique work to the East London street art scene (including down the road from my old house in Dalston). **Being lovely people they also agreed to answer a few of our questions.**
RAE – the Brooklyn street artist – is always playful, always fun; there’s a zest and sense of light-heartedness to his work. He’s even been quoted as saying he takes his cues from “the person who makes the misspelled signs at the corner deli, people who produce really bad local TV commercials [and] fashionable homeless men”. Not a bad starting point.
So it’s definitely really cold outside at the moment. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t say I’ve been out raving much of late, due to a strong desire to just sit in bed and do absolutely nothing. What I have done, however, is sit on a rooftop for several hours, at night, having dinner. Not as barmy as it sounds, my friends: for this was a night at Forza Win(ter), and it was a rooftop full of hot cocktails, blankets, music, incredible food, a whole load of very happy, chatting (and singing) people and, most importantly- big-ass heaters.
Mushrooms. Street art. Know what I mean? Chances are, if you’ve spent any time walking round East London and looked heavenwards for inspiration, you will have been greeted by… mushrooms. Christiaan Nagel is the man behind them, on a one-man mushroom, sorry mission, __to ‘cover the world in mushrooms’.