New Portraits Chiseled Out of Walls by Vhils

Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, is known for transforming old, worn down walls into incredibly lifelike, ephemeral portraits. The artist’s unique form of sculpture relies on chipping and scraping away at the walls of old buildings. The result is a variation of colors and textures that form faces out of the positive and negative space.

This past summer, Vhils created three site-specific portraits staring out at passers-by along the streets of So Miguel in the Portuguese Azores. The project was part of the Walk & Talk public art festival, an annual event that brings together international artists to fill the island of So Miguel with contemporary work.

The event website explains that Vhils’s portraits are “carved into bare walls that explode (literally) and recreate and renovate derelict spaces.” Ultimately, his seemingly destructive process actually provides local improvements, humanizing the space and leaving residents with unique and enjoyable artworks.

Vhils’ website
via [Lustik], [Street Art News]

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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