Chiseled Wall Murals in Shanghai

Street artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, doesn’t simply paint or graffiti over stencils. The Portuguese artist breaks away at the side of buildings using a combination of chisels, jackhammers, acid, and explosives to produce his large-scale wall murals across the world’s urban landscapes. Vhils reveals layers of a building through the destruction of its walls, exposing brick, wood panels, weathered overlaid posters, and varied coats of paint. By doing so, he reconfigures city structures to not only display portraits of its people but to lay bare the history of the building.

Currently in Shanghai, the artist has chipped away to reveal three faces so far this year. With the opening of his gallery show coming up at Gallery 18 on March 31, 2012, Vhils continues to construct new street creations leading up to the big day.









Alexandre “Vhils” Farto website
via [Juxtapoz]






November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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