Oftentimes, all that's required to make impressionable, ingenious art is opportunity (that, and of course, creativity). Among those artists that thrive off of spontaneity are street artists who expertly manipulate the environment before them. Situated outside of art institutions, street artists are able to create art that’s noncommercial, cannot be owned, and is entirely for the people. By relying upon 'urban furniture’ like poles and bike racks, and imperfections such as sidewalk cracks, they can also bring the unexpected to life. Our team at Made By Humans have rounded up three of these street artists that, with their imagination and wit, cleverly transform cities’ less appealing elements into comical works of art.
If you’ve recently spent some time in New York, you may be familiar with street artist Tom Bob. His vibrant creations have become a city staple, gaining him a loyal band of followers who track his handiwork in and around alleyways, street corners, and rooftops alike. From transforming pipes into elephants or snakes, to gas meters into lobsters, his quirky characters undoubtedly make the city that much more colourful.
Source: Tom Bob
View more of Tom Bob’s work here.
David Zinn has been creating original artwork in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1987. His temporary street art is composed entirely of chalk, charcoal and found objects, and is always improvised on location. His most frequent (and loveable) characters are Sluggo, a bright green monster with stalk eyes and irreverent habits, and Philomena, a phlegmatic flying pig. When asked about the preservation of his artwork, David replied, “they wash away, but that's by design; there is much more magic in an illusion that doesn't stick around long enough to become ordinary.”
Source: David Zinn
View more of David’s work here.
Originally from Saint Etienne, France, little is known about the elusive street artist OakOak, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Daubing graffiti and paintings onto urban features, OakOak has a knack of transforming the mundane into the comical, creating scenarios that, once seen, are hard to forget. He views every city as a playground, and looks for its ‘imperfections’ to inspire his next creation.
View more of OakOak’s work here.