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Does it seem like everyone and their moms are in Miami right now? The deluge of social media streaming from The Magic City is all due to this week's hosting of Art Basel Miami Beach, the US branch of the modern art world's massive annual fair.
Seeing as nearly every single artist, patron, and onlooker will have spent some time at Miami International Airport in their lives, let alone this week, it's only proper that MIA star in its own Art Basel masterpiece.
The team at marsdesign Miami have applied their "Pixorama" style to the airport, depicting it in their eBoy series as a city itself, both venue and active participant in the vibrance of Miami as a whole. The mix of pixels and panorama is here inspired by MIA's sheer volume: "With 40 million passengers, 37,000 employees and 1,000 flights per day, MIA is a platform generating great energy from and to these people associated with the level of professionalism that you can expect from an American airport."
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Travelers to Paris this winter (and from now on) will enjoy improved views as a popular form of tourist graffiti has been cleared from bridges over the Seine River.
The "No Love Locks" movement of earlier this year, which protested the practice of attaching a heavy-duty lock to a bridge rail to "secure" a relationship, has been successful. While gaining signatures for the petition, No Love Locks estimated that the Pont de Arts Bridge alone was covered with 93 metric tons of extraneous metal. Aside from their being unsightly, the heavy use of these locks is a problem for the structural integrity of the historic bridges.
Are they art? No. Are they romantic? Maybe for the fleeting minute you attach a lock and then leave the bridge, making its clean-up Paris' problem. "It's vandalism, and it's taken the ambiance away from the bridges."
City officials began a mass removal of the locks in September, replacing them with plastic panels over the bridge architecture to prevent tourists from attaching more. And the difference is definitely noticeable.
Put an abandoned site together with street art and it's like travel photography gold. Mark the derelict ship Duke of Lancaster on your must-visit map as it's the newest place to add graffiti to its rusting hulk. We can smell the Instagram "likes" already.
Located in the Dee estuary near Mostyn, on the north coast of Wales, the Duke of Lancaster has sat unused and seemingly unloved since 1979. It was only recently that former street artist Maurice Blunt spotted the ship while traveling on a train, and formed the idea to turn her into a canvas for street art.
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Here at Jaunted, we're pretty partial to street art. In fact, the last couple years have seen us cut entire days from traveling just to scope out the rough creativity evident on the street of Santiago, Chile; Stavanger, Norway; Milan, Italy and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Exotic destinations all, but here's a little secret: the best street art we've ever seen is right here in the USA.
The recipient of this compliment is Miami's Wynwood district, home to galleries aplenty and, once a year, the Design Miami art fair during Art Basel. Considering the artistic appeal of the neighborhood, it's really no surprise to turn corners and be awed by a mural. What we are shocked to find is a community that's literally wall-to-wall stupendous street art, from graffiti to wheatpaste and beyond.
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YAYit's Saturday! Let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.
The official dates are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but it's this weekend that sees the most interest from people outside the art & design industries. Yes, even regular people can attend. Though tickets to hit any of the main fairs cost double digits, there's plenty gratis happenings for a sweet taste of this infamous event.
Here's our four favorite free events, open to all:
Santiago is divided up into quarters and, within them, neighborhoods (barrios). Here we're focusing on these barrios because, if you go to Santiago and ask a local to point you to one of the quarters, then you're going to be met with a quizzical look for such a broad question; it's a bit like asking how to get to lower Manhattan, when you should specify Tribeca.
· Barrio Bellavista: Where you'll find us! Bellavista is within the Providencia quarter, but sat right at the bottom of the Cerro San Cristobal mountain. From the Mapocho River, walk straight up the street Pio Nono to pass a slew of outdoor restaurants and an excellent churros truck, plus the outdoor Patio Bellavista mall-like complex.
It's a bohemian quarter thanks to the presence of the large Universidad San Sebastian and the University of Chile Law School. Pio Nono ends at the hill, with the city's Zoo and a funicular railway and hiking path, but turning off onto any street (Dardignac is especially good) will yield tons of street art.
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Okay, good news and bad news. Good news first: earlier this year, a group of artists banded together to rescue some abandoned airplanes from the infamous boneyards of the Arizona desert, repaint them in dazzling schemes, and display them as artpieces within something called "The Boneyard Project" at the Pima Air & Space Museum. Yes, it looks super awesome and yes, it was open to the public, but therein lies the bad news: "was."
You see, The Boneyard Project happened over a weekend in January of this year. It's over. We've only just come to find out about it as some design blogs circulated resulting photographs of the exhibition. Apparently the event was publicized mostly through the street art community as pieces included DC-3s painted by How & Nosm, Nunca, and Retna; a Boeing C-97 by Saner; a C45 plane by Faile; a Lockheed VC-140 Jetstar by Andrew Schoultz; and an assortment of nose cones, cockpits, and other pieces painted by Bast, Dan Colen, Trustocorp, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Richard Prince and Eric White.
But wait! There's a little more good news...
What's that saying? Ah yes, "the best camera is the one you have on you." Since we're never without a camera and hardly ever not traveling, we've managed to capture a serious collection of travel photos in our numerous Photo Galleries.
Walking around a modern city, it'd be almost too odd not to find a street or two alive with artwork. Pasted, graffitied or stenciled, the individual artworks and tags add that certain something...something which also usually means the most interesting district is right around the corner. We've hit many of these areas in our travels, so we continue to round up our favorite photo galleries once a week, pulled together by a theme.
Today, we're spending time strolling through some of our favorite districts with funky street art, in Santiago, Chile; Stavanger, Norway; Milan, Italy; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Earlier this week, word began to circulate online that anonymous artist Banksy had painted his latest work on the side of a shop in East London. The mural depicts a young boy crouched at a sewing machine, creating a string of Union Jacks. It's a clear indictment of child labor practices. The mural was painted on the side of a Poundland shop, the British equivalent of the Dollar Tree, which has been investigated for possible child labor violations in the past. Though the chain denies any involvement with worker abuse or underage labor, the allegations were enough to launch investigations by watchdog groups.
But there's another layer to the story. The boy is making British flagswhich, as you'll see in the photo, are actual pieces of plastic bunting attached to the mural. Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, which marks her 60th anniversary on the throne, takes place in early June, and the country is wrapped up in festivities and in flags such as these. The Queen is touring the country, a concert full of A-listers is in the works, and department stores like Selfridge's and Harrod's have huge new windows dedicated to Jubilee-themed products. But Banksy clearly doesn't have royal favor, and this piece juxtaposes the fawning over royalty with the indignity of sweatshop labor.
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Some cities hate it, other cities embrace it like nothing else. We're talking about vibrant street art, and we'll tell you whatSantiago, Chile definitely falls into the latter category. Santi's walls, security gates, construction plywood and even some doors and windows get colorful treatments from some of the most creative cats with spray cans.
Believe it or not, the graffiti and stencil art isn't powerwashed away. In fact, artistic scenes that border on framed modern art are requested by businesses, to dress up their often uninspired exterior architecture. And while it's not Shepard Fairey or Banksy around every corner, it's actually better because these artists are local, Santiguan, Chilean or least South American. In other words, the street art of Santiago isn't stuff you can just as easily find in New York or Berlin; it's completely all its own both influence- and aesthetic-wise.
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New York, Berlin, Paris, Rio de Janeiro...Stavanger? it's true; Norway's second city is a hot spot for international street art, and it's something we never would have guessed until we stepped off Cunard's Queen Victoria and into the center of the city, with walls sporting Shepard Fairey and Banksy.
Stavanger seems a sleepy town, but first impressions are usually deceiving as we know all too well. It took about 10 minutes of meandering the (literally) vibrant streets before we found a store called "SHIT" and a bohemian coffeeshop packed with locals keen to tell us where to find free WiFi and where to walk to see the best graffiti.
Are you a traveler who's gotten over buying souvenirs everywhere you go? Maybe you're even totally done with posing for photos of yourself in front of world landmarks? Regardless, there's one sort of touristy thing weas beyond frequent travelersare powerless to resist, and that's waypoint signs.
You'll find these posts with arrow directions at places like trailheads, airports and heavily-trafficked plazas in urban city centres. It was at the latter we photographed this one, which takes pride of place at the entrance to Portland, Oregon's Pioneer Courthouse Square.
While the statue of Portlandia may only be five blocks away, the opportunity to hug a kangaroo is more like 8,003 miles away. Timbuktu? 6,726 miles. Walden Pond? 2,530 miles. Portland, Maine? 2,540 miles. It never gets old!