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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]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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