Street Artist Transforms Ordinary Landscapes Into Playful Cast of Characters

Urban Street Art by Tom Bob

In the eyes of the artist Tom Bob, a parking block is more than just a concrete slab. To him, this elongated form is a french fry merely waiting to be realized. And much to the delight of passersby, he transforms this and other forgettable parts of the urban landscape into colorful characters and objects.

Tom Bob’s clever street art is all about finding the possibilities in a place—be it a manhole cover, pipes, or an array of hoses hanging on a wall. Each of these mundane elements has the makings of something spectacular. Tom Bob reveals their inner potential and, thanks to him, we finally see them for what they are: a pizza, a worm, and a swashbuckling pirate.

Delight is the central focus of the artist's creations. “My goal is to transform street objects into fun whimsical characters,” Tom Bob tells My Modern Met, “creating the emotion of happiness and wonder.” This is evident not only in the colors that Tom Bob chooses but conceptually as well. When you see how he has noticed a blue pipe (that matches the wall, intending to be camouflaged) could make a great snout for an anteater, you can’t help but be amazed by his vision for a more playful and joyful world.

Scroll down for some of Tom Bob’s latest works. Then, follow him on Instagram to see what he’s working on next.

The street artist Tom Bob creates cool street art that transforms ordinary parts of the urban landscape into colorful characters.

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Tom Bob: Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Tom Bob.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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