Street artists like Banksy and Space Invader have been playing with city dwellers for years, placing their work strategically for maximum impact. In fact, artists around the globe are constantly integrating their artwork into the landscape in unexpected ways. Working in large and small scale, the techniques and scope of work differ, but one thing they all have in common is their clever use of space.
With just a spray paint can and some stencils, Canadian street artist Peter Gibson, aka Roadsworth, transforms all kinds of regular street markings into playful works of art. In 2001, the Montreal-based artist began raising an awareness for more bike lanes in the city. During that time, he found inspiration from the lines across a parking lot, the painted crosswalks, and the yellow dividers along highway lanes. As a result, his political endeavors quickly developed into an ongoing urban project.
Roadworth has quite an imaginative vision for the city streets which he considers an alternative form of media. Montreal pedestrians might find themselves quickly surrounded by a school of colorful fish or a field of flowers that emerge on the asphalt overnight and fill the city with unexpected whimsical charm.
Roadsworth says he “continues to develop a language around street markings and other elements of the urban landscape,” and finds the process to be “a form of adventure, of creativity and of self-expression. It’s a way for anybody with the nerve and will to have a voice, to say something to an unsuspecting audience.” You can read a bit more about him here.