Photographs by John Watts and Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
In the celebration of Juneteenth becoming a national holiday,“The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when PresidentJoe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law (Wikipedia)”, I would like to congratulate the event by posting the, All Black Lives Matter, mural on Halsey Street, Newark, NJ. The mural is located in front of Hahne & Company building. It is in the same block as our building. On Saturday, June 27, 2020, John and I step out of our building, seeing people working on the mural. We both ran inside the house and took our equipment; John had his camera and I had my camcorder to record in video and photographs. John was very clever; he went onto the flat roof of our building and was able to view and take photographs of the whole length of the mural. I videoed and photographed the event on the street from the beginning to the end of the mural. We enjoyed seeing the activity. All types of people, Black, White, Brown and others joining together to accomplish the meaningful mural “All Black Lives Matter”.
For the occasion of the “All Black Lives Matter” mural, which was in the process of being made, I asked my husband, John Watts to display my two artworks of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi on our shop gate. Both of these great leaders were practitioners of equal rights and non-violence which was the essence of the event.
This is a lady who lives in one of the Hahne’s apartments. Her living room is opposite our building, and she came down to view my artworks close up.
The mural was successfully achieved. Everyone who participated was happy. The mural is the evidence of all humanity organizing and helping one another. This expresses a need to accomplish the same goal as Equal Rights for all, recognizing that no person or race, should be abused or treated as less valued than others.
John Watts and Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Wednesday, June 29, 2021
Ing’s Street Art: Elephant Bath, Bodhi First Time Plays Out Side the house with Brother Kai and Friend, Jacob
Ing’s Street Art: Elephant Bath,
Bodhi First Time Plays Out Side the house with Brother Kai and Friend, Jacob
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey
Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
As usual, my husband, John Watts helps me hang one of my artworks, Elephant Bath, on our shop gate.
While I am taking the photos, Kai, our five-year-old grandson, is helping me prevent the little one from walking to far away from our shop. But Bodhi likes to walk away from us.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first time that Bodhi has come out of the house. He is interested in every thing. He stops walking to watch grandpa John hang Grandma Ing ‘s artwork.
Bodhi decides to go in the house by himself. He cannot walk upright climbing the steps, so he crawls up. Kai runs in to help Bodhi.
For a short time, I see Bodhi coming out by the door. Kai comes out and tries to get Bodhi back into the house.
Bodhi resists, but holds on to Kai’s arm to get himself down the next step. Until he able to get to the side walk, he pulls his arm free from Kai and runs away. Bodhi is only one year and two-month-old but very determined and physically strong. He able to free himself from his brother. I keep a close eye on my two grandsons’ activities, to be sure that they are not in danger. But I like to observe their behavior and see how they solve problems.
John is finished hanging my artwork. I take a few of my tall trees to create a forest atmosphere, where elephants live. I only hope that we remain and maintain the forests all over the world, instead of cutting them down for human consumption, leaving nothing for other creatures that live on this planet.
It is nice to see a policeman riding a horse on the street.
Bodhi tries to get into the restaurant next door while Kai tries to prevent him.
After the hard work, John is resting in our backyard garden under the rose bush. This is the first rose bloom of this year. The first roses are much larger than the following blossoms.
My eyes passing a large pink rose, as I view John’s large sculpture next to the grapevines and avocado trees.
At 3:30 P.M. on the days that Kai and Bodhi stay with us, Kai sees his friend, Jacob. They play with each other at the Rutgers campus. This time I take Bodhi with me to join Kai and Jacob.
Bodhi is so happy to be walking outdoors. If he could, he probably would run with Kai and Jacob.
Bodhi never stop walking.
Jacob is having a good time teasing Bodhi.
This person says Hello to Bodhi. Bodhi stops walking and look back at that person.
Bodhi walks up to the Rutgers sign. He is curious about the large red letters. I think he may become another Rutgers student. Bodhi’s father, his grandpa Jim and his mother graduated from Rutgers University, as did I, with degree in Chemistry in 1976. Bodhi’s Grandpa John was teaching pottery classes at Rutgers in Newark for many years.
🙂 FRIENDS 🙂
Time to go home, Kai and Jacob help to get Bodhi’s carriage for me. Bodhi is quite tired and wants to drink his milk.
The children are having very good time running playing hide and seek and other games. Bodhi is having a good experience outdoors in a small park.
With more people are having vaccination in USA, it seems like we are reaching a normalcy that we are too busy to appreciate until we lose it.
Please view the attachment, I hope you like it. We were very busy today. Your Daddy had to fix the leaking gas valve in the kitchen. I spent time helping him move the stove & other things to clear the area. Unfortunately, the microwave does not work. I tried to finish your birthday card with little time to do so.
Happy Birthday Mali, look at the bright side, the kids will grow up along with you. Then you will have more time to sleep and two pairs of helping hands.
Mom & Daddy
Yesterday was our daughter birthday. She is Kai and Bodhi’s mother.
Dr. King and Gandhi’s Ing Artwork Display in Public for the First Time in 2021 and Kai, 5-year-old Street Artist
On Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and Ing’s grandson Kai
My husband, John Watts is helping me put up two of my artworks.
Kai took these Photographs for Grandpa John & Grandma Ing.
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, Kai has to wear a mask when he is outside of the house. All concerned citizens all over the world should wear a mask when they are in public if they are concerned about catching COVID-19. People who have the virus will not spread germs to the other people if they wear masks.
The United States is very lucky to have Joe Biden as the new president in 2021. He is concerned about the spread of the virus that will harm and kill more. He believes in science, and vigorously worked to acquire and distribute the vaccine to all eligible citizens. The result is a reduction of people getting COVID-19, and the reduction of people dying from the virus. The previous president, Donald Trump, does not believe in science, and shows this by his example of not wearing a mask. His followers, most of them Republicans, voted for him, support him, and follow his example, by condemning the use of masks, refusing to wear them, and not practicing social distancing.
Mr. Trump had, and continues to have, rallies that pack people next to each other by the thousands. Most of the audience are not wearing masks, while, Mr. Trump, speaks at a podium that has a plexiglass screen to prevent the COVID-19 virus droplets reaching him. Also Mr. Trump and his wife quietly received the COVID-19 vaccine without letting his followers know, and all his children also received the COVID-19 vaccine
By the end of Trump’s administration, over 500,000 (Five hundred thousand) people died as a result of his actions. The most puzzling aspect of this is that about 70,000,000 (seventy million) people voted for Trump, most of them Republicans, for his second term. Belief without reason can cause great harm to the believer and if seventy million people or more do so, this can cause the collapse of social order. If Mr. Trump became the president in a second term, no one could foresee how many more US citizens would die. The US economy could be far worse with many millions more unemployed, and a dramatic rise in the homeless population in the country.
I wish to keep my writing as a record on my website for my grandchildren and other generations. My intention is to make others aware that believing blindly in anything without reasoning and education can destroy all of us.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, April 18, 2021
I wanted to see my grandson’s face so I asked him to pull his mask down.
Two of my artworks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi, are posted on our shop gate for the public. It is being posted for the first time this year, 2021.
We saw a fire truck passing by.
Kai the Street Artist:
The 5-Year-Old Street Artist on Thursday, March 25, 2021, Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Kai was starting to do his drawing. He searched for the color markers. Then with confidence, he drew the line of the object that he had in mind.
Kai quickly drew his first character without any hesitation in a short period of time.
“Is it dinosaur, Kai?” I asked him. He shook his head. I asked, “Godzilla?” Kai said “Yes”
“I will draw The Gigan monster.” Kai said.
“The story of the monsters – it’s the mighty Godzilla movie”, Kai said.
Kai drew a snake monster between Godzilla and the Gigan monster.
Kai told me that he was drawing The Three Headed King Ghidorah, who is the ultimate nemesis of Godzilla.
While Kai was working on his drawing, this person was walking by and gave a nice comment to the young artist. I appreciate his comment to encourage Kai and also, he keeps the side walk clean. All people who do the sanitation work are important. If the bathroom in the office building is filthy and smells bad, it will make the work place unpleasant. We should have Sanitation Day to thanks the people who keep the places clean.
Kai drew the Mothra monster in the adult stage, then he drew the Mothra monster as a baby in the caterpillar stage.
Kai looked at grandma and said nothing. I thought he might be a little tired. I asked him if he would like a glass of milk, but he said no.
Kai colors the Rodan monster in red and Godzilla in green.
Halsey Street is quiet, the restaurant next door is still closed due to COVID-19.
“It’s very hot!” Kai said. “Take your jacket off.”, I recommended.
Kai said, “Grandma, look at these!” He lifted off the patch that cover the fox eyes on his shirt and I said “Peek A Boo!” He was so proud of his foxy design shirt.
Then Kai went back to drawing the King Kong character on his artwork.
For a while Kai turned sideways.
Then he jumped out of his seat and ran up the steps. He put up his hands and made some noise. I asked him what kind of animal is that. “Chicken!” Kai responded.
He ran back and forth in front of our shop, passed his artwork, to the entrance of the building next door. He did this a couple times.
Kai went back to his chair and looked at his artwork for a while, then he jumped up and ran again. I guess he needed to regenerate some energy before he resumed his artwork. Or he is just a five-year-old kid that want to have some fun, most of the time.
Kai went back to color his artwork after he had his fun of running like a chicken.
The Three headed King Ghidorah is in yellow. But Kai insisted it is gold.
“King Kong has to be brown”, Kai declared.
This young boy came with his mother. He stopped to see Kai’s drawing. Kai got out of his chair and let the boy sit as he gently asked the boy, “Would you like to draw?” The boy said yes. His mother told me that he is four years old.
I told Kai to get a mask for him. The boy and his mother did not wear masks. Then I went to get drawing paper for the boy. His mother stood not very far from us talking on the phone to someone. After finishing her phone call, she said that she is going to take her son for lunch at a restaurant nearby and she will bring him right back.
Kai waited for the boy to come back and do drawing with him. But the boy and his mother never come back. Kai went back to color his artwork and said “I wish he is coming back. I like him.” I felt sad for my grandson that the boy did not come back. I guess that Kai was hoping for a new friend.
Kai said “I finished my artwork Grandma.” I said to him “I like your drawing and your story. You can show your artwork to your Mommy and Daddy.” His Grandpa John also loves his artwork.
I asked Kai to pose with his artwork. He felt good for his achievement. I am glad that Kai enjoys doing artwork. As his Grandma, it makes me very happy to see his happiness and playfulness. We adults have to gently give encouragement to the youngsters in our family and all others as well. Children today will replace us, and become adults tomorrow. Loving and kindness to all can form a peaceful and harmonic family and society.
Ing & John’s Street Art & The International Street Art Part 19
The Halsey Street Festival, Part 4, Thursday, September 19, 2019,
On Halsey Street between Bleaker Street and New Street, Downtown Newark, New Jersey, USA
John Watts demonstrated pottery,
Ing’s Peace Project, Ing & John’s Artwork,
A lot of Merchants, Food, Music and Fashion Show
Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
A lady from local media station videoed and interviewed John.
This artwork is my – Finished “Peace” artwork 8
Shadow of Peace and La Asociación de Barranquiteños de NJ Inc., Puerto Rican Festival in Newark on August 6, 2011, organized by Carlos Maldonado Pastrana, President of La Asociación de Barranquiteños de NJ. Finished artwork, after the written comments by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Link to Peace Comes to 5th Annual Arts Music Fair Elwood Park Page:
I was very happy to see a lot more people participating in my Peace Project. I believe that peace is one of the essential conditions of life. Life without peace for one’s self causes an individual to be unhappy. Society without peace cause problems for everyone, particularly in countries such as Syria. Greedy leaders, politicians and corporations can create a great deal of harm to people around the world.
Humanity is now able to achieve highly advanced levels of technology. However, some are afraid of development in certain technologies, such as the robotics, which may have the potential to control human activity in direct ways. Humans produce high technologies including robotics, but all these technologies are dependent on the beliefs of those who create them. If the people who build them are peaceful, the products will likely benefit humanity and hopefully do no harm. On the other hand, if greedy people make the products, then everyone should worry. The things they create may be dangerous and intended to kill millions of people. Their nuclear weapons, armaments, or robots, can cause irreparable harm.
Older people, especially, should realize that they cannot take even one penny with them when they die. Being greedy will only gain them unhappiness and cause problems for others. History will record your actions for the children, grandchildren and future generations that look back at the legacy of your contributions to the world.
It is time to seek peace in ourselves, and spread harmony for all humanity. Now is the time for adults to cultivate peace in the hearts of the next generation so the whole world can grow in universal harmony.
Please continue to view The Halsey Street Festival Part 5
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Thursday, April 9, 2020
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French artist JR (previously) is back in New York, transforming pockets of the city with his latest work. Installed on stacked shipping containers, “The Chronicles of New York City” is a compilation of images depicting more than 1,000 New York residents, who the artist photographed and reproduced for the large-scale work. Created in Williamsburg’s Domino Park, the black-and-white mural is JR’s biggest public project to date in the city. It overlooks the East River and features people living in all five boroughs gathered in a public space that mimics the newly built park.
Since opening his exhibition “JR: Chronicles” in October of 2019, the artist has been transforming areas throughout the city, like a space at the Kings Theatre in Flatbush and the Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance in Bedford Stuyvesant. “The Chronicles of New York City” is the centerpiece of the exhibition, which is on view through May 3, 2020, at Brooklyn Museum, and is accompanied by audio recordings of those portrayed in the monochromatic mural. The public installation was a collaboration with architectural firm LOT-EK, which is known for its sustainable design and helped in creating the site.
“Working at the intersections of photography, social engagement, and street art, JR collaborates with communities by taking individual portraits, reproducing them at a monumental scale, and wheat pasting them—sometimes illegally—in nearby public spaces,” says a statement about the exhibition. See where JR’s work pops up next by following him on Instagram and peek in his shop to check out what’s available for purchase.
Paola Delfín’s monochromatic murals found in Cancun, St. Petersburg, and cities worldwide all share a message of unity and community. The Mexico-based artist often creates impeccably detailed and stylized profile views, which show her subjects looking down or into the distance, joined by plants, grasses, and flowers of the local environment.
Her lifelike works center on ideas of women’s strength and their ability to build community, in addition to the ways families are bound together and remember their ancestors?—although Delfín tells Colossal she has a more personal connection to the Cancun mural, which depicts a couple staring forward as they cradle a small boat.
My family, uncle and aunt, are part of (the) pioneers. They moved to this city almost 40 years ago and watched it grow. They started a school. My uncle worked on a ship for many years. Now the younger generations are trying to bring more culture since this city transformed into a tourist paradise, and sometimes we forget this was the place where centuries ago the great Mayan culture (rose).
The artist finds murals challenging because of her desire to “leave something meaningful” for those who pass by her work. Before she begins creating in any location, she studies the history and culture of the neighborhood she’s working in and talks to its residents to learn their stories. For “Familia/Suku,” the artist spoke with Tampere residents to understand how immigrants and natives across generations form a community in the Finnish city. In the horizontal piece, Suham, an Iranian expat, leans toward elderly Maya, who has lived in the country for 50 years, while Suham’s daughter Sofia stands in front of them.
Head to Delfín’s Instagram for more of her large- and small-scale projects, and check out Street Prints to see her work in progress.
“La emperatriz“ for Shine Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by Michelle Tannu
“Familia/Suku” (2019), for Upeart Festival, Tampere, Finland
2019, for Proyecto Panorama, Cancun, Mexico. Photo by Gino Caballero
“Juntos” (2019), Paulino Navarro, Mexico City. Photo by Edgar Olguin
For Cinta Vidal, everything depends on how you look at it. The Barcelona-based artist is known for her gravity-defying projects that manipulate architecture and household objects to create inverted environments dissimilar to daily life. Like her smaller-scale inverted works, Vidal’s murals are concerned with human subjectivity and feature both peculiarly arranged architecture and objects like books, chairs, and even a canoe floating through the air. They cover walls throughout Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Barcelona, among other cities around the world.
Whether it be a young girl seated on an oversized globe or a man peering over a balcony that’s tipped at a 90-degree angle, the works consider how perspectives are informed by a subject’s position.
Everyone has their own view on the world, and my work is my way of expressing this idea: it’s impossible to view something from every perspective at the same time. There’s always a choice, a perception. In my work there also lies a desire to take things out of context, releasing them into the air and, by doing so, giving them new value.
The artist tells Colossal that once she chooses a location to paint a mural, she studies the areas nearby. Vidal intends each project to become part of the existing environment, often prompting her utilize the color already on the building’s surface as her background. “Paint(ing) a mural is about interact(ing) with the wall and everything that surrounds it,” she writes. To get the latest on the artist’s creations, follow her on Instagram.
Built in 1608, the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte is a 142-step staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily made from thousands of ceramic tiles, one design per step, as a fitting tribute to a city known for its design and production of ceramics and terra-cotta sculptures. For centuries the stairs have been used as a backdrop for various festivals for which images of patron saints and other local themes are illustrated using thousands of flowers or candles. You can learn more about the La Scala Flower Festival over on My Modern Met, or the light festival called the Scala Illuminata. Photos by Andrea Annaloro. (via My Modern Met)
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Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
I miss visiting the Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey in Spring time. We usually started our trips from the beginning of the month of April, almost every year for more than forty years. We enjoyed strolling under the cherry blossom trees, and seeing children running around with parents watching, while wearing their best dresses and suits to welcome the cherry blossoms in spring. Some Cherry trees often have just started to open the little buds of flowers and some are in full bloom with white, light pink, dark pink and red of little flowers in clusters on every branches of the cherry trees. It is so beautiful!!
I was in awe when I saw the cherry blossoms the first time, and I promised myself that I would visit this magic and beautiful land of cherry blossoms every year. It was such a happy time that we looked forward to with our family. There was always a special lunch, on a blanket under the cherry trees with the comfort of spring temperature, and baking the warm sun in the afternoon. We enjoyed seeing other families and people that came to admire the Cherry Blossoms. Even though we did not know them, there was the feeling of community, we smiled at each other and said hello to the people who passed by us. It was a time of happiness, harmony, and peace as humanity celebrated nature that provided us peace and comfort in the spring time.
John with Hunter, our neighbor’s son who came to see me every Saturday to study beginning math lessons.
As we know that most of the country is locked down, we can go out only to get food and in emergency situation. I have been in our apartment since March 12. On March 10, I went to the hospital for our second grandson’s birth. Then I stayed two nights with our four-year-old, first grandson. Since then I did not go out anywhere. My husband, John Watts are my provider, he went out to get food and necessity items that we need for during this lockdown of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The whole world is in the same situation as US. From the end of December 2019, the coronavirus took place in Wuhan, China and the coronavirus has been spread out all over the world, up to today, Saturday, April 4, 2020, 2:08 P.M.
[LIVE] Coronavirus Pandemic: Real Time Counter, World Map, News Started streaming on Jan 29, 2020 Roylab Stats
COVID-19 LIVE WORLD MAP/COUNT
TOTLE CASES: 1,180,725
TOTLE DEATHS: 63,951
TOTLE RECOVERIED: 245,344
I went to view my Cherry Blossom posts in my website and in the photograph files of the Cherry Blossoms that we took for many years. I enjoy viewing the photographs. They remind me of happy times we had together with family and the community. I decided to select some of the photographs to post on my website. I hope that it will give the viewers some smiles or pleasant feeling that Cherry Blossom in Newark, New Jersey faithfully give pleasure to the community every year in Spring.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, April 4, 2020
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Grandpa John, from Wales, UK, could not come to the hospital for the birth of Bodhi, Mommy Mali called him on his iPad at home. He was so glad to see the new born, Bodhi, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
New born, Baby Bodhi was born with a full head of spiky red hair.
Big brother, Kai is gently touching Baby Bodhi head and fingers and, in his mind, saying “I will take care of you my little brother.”.
Daddy holds Baby Bodhi’s hand with all his love and care. Mommy is so happy to see that finally Baby Bodhi is here, joining with all the family and grownups to be healthy and strong like Big brother Kai.
You talking to me Brother Kai?
Brother Kai! See! My tongue is coming out just like yours.
Yes Mommy, I am sorry.
Daddy is carrying me carefully and gently to Mommy for my second drink of Mommy’s milk.
🙂 Thank you, Mommy, I am very hungry 🙂
Big Brother, Kai is very Happy to have his Baby Brother, Bodhi on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
I went out to our small garden to take photographs of our little group of daffodils that have some flowers blooming. I realized that today is the first day of spring. I would like to welcome the plants that are starting to show their beautiful flowers from the long sleep during the winter cold.
As I was looking at photographs of our second new born grandson, baby Bodhi, I thought that this is a great time for me to celebrate and share our new born grandson Bodhi with the world. This healthy human came to the world giving us happiness and joy, despite the circumstances of the world.
We will overcome the plight of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Scientists will find some medication to cure the disease. This moment makes all people realize that we are part of one humanity. If one country is in trouble, the whole world will feel the consequence. It is only a matter of time for the ripple effect to reach the whole world.
Although trouble comes to us, love still prevails. Our little baby grandson, Bodhi heals our suffering. He gives us happiness, and joy, for the spring that is arriving, with flowers blooming. Freshness and beauty will be with us all again.
🙂 Have a Happy Spring Everyone 🙂
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Friday, March 19, 2020
The Halsey Street Festival,
Part 3, Thursday, September 19, 2019,
On Halsey Street between
Bleaker Street and New Street, Downtown Newark, New Jersey, USA
John Watts demonstrated
Ing’s Peace Project, Ing &
A lot of Merchants, Food, Music
and Fashion Show
Photographs by Ing-On
More people came to enjoy the activities that
The Halsey Street Festival presented. I brought my Peace Poster offering
to the participants of the festival to express their thought on “What does
Peace mean to You?” or to them.
brought Kai’s books for the boy to look at in case he got tired of adult
was very glad to see more people were willing to record their thoughts on
People were lined up to see john
throwing a large pot.
I was glad to see the group of young
women who are studying at NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) where I
graduated with a master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry in 1980.
This artwork is my – Finished
“Peace” artwork 8
Shadow of Peace and La Asociación de
Barranquiteños de NJ Inc., Puerto Rican Festival in Newark on August 6, 2011,
organized by Carlos Maldonado Pastrana, President of La Asociación de
Barranquiteños de NJ. Finished artwork, after the written comments
by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Link to Peace Comes to 5th Annual Arts Music Fair
Elwood Park Page:
“Miss. Newark, New Jersey”, & Other people
were watching John demonstrate pottery.
I brought Kai, our grandson’s desk
chair, and an Alphabet spelling board to the boy and offered him some
drink. He seemed to enjoy playing with
the Alphabet spelling board.
100 Urban Art 2019 – Best artworks and street artists of the year P 3, 4 & 5
at the beginning of 2020 and its time for the Streetart360 team to do a
retrospective on the most beautiful urban art murals painted in 2019. We’ve
selected 100 murals from around the world, some by renown artists and others by
new talents. We based our selection on the number of likes and shares they have
received on the StreetArt360 social network pages (Facebook, Instagram,
Twitter, Pinterest) Please use the comment section to give us your feed back
and remember to visit the artists social networks or websites. Thanks for
sharing this Top 100. We wish you all the best for 2020.
Den Extralargos aka Eva Mena in Puerto Del Rosario, Canary
This year’s Amsterdam Light Festival, running November 28, 2019, to January
19, 2020, lights up the European city with illuminated art installations. The
festival, now in its eighth year, attracts tourists and engages locals at a
time when the city is cloaked in darkness for about sixteen hours each day.
Visitors to the Light Festival use a phone app to guide themselves through
Amsterdam’s city center, perusing twenty light works by artists from around the
world. This year’s show theme was “DISRUPT!” and artists reflected the concept
in pieces that ruminate on climate change, national history, technology, and
more. See some of our favorites here, by Masamichi Shimada, UxU Studio, Sergey Kim and others. You can explore the full line-up and
programming on the Amsterdam Light Festival website.
“Neighborhood” by Sergey Kim.
Photograph courtesy of the artist
“Nacht Tekening” by Krijn de Koning
“Atlantis” by Utskottet
“Surface Tension” by Tom Biddulph
and Barbara Ryan
More people came to enjoy the activities that The Halsey Street Festival presented. I brought my Peace Poster offering to the participants of the festival to express their thought on “What does Peace mean to You?” or to them.
Thanks to this person who was willingly to record her
thoughts on Peace.
John started his performance with a
People love to take John’s pictures
as he is making his magic pottery.
I love the way John produced his pottery or anybody who can have control and discipline enough to achieve making beautiful objects. I love to work with clay making my sculptures where I do not have to follow the rule and be well disciplined. One of these days I am going to ask Master John to teach me how to throw on the wheel and produce the controlled pottery.
More people were interested in
recording their Peace comments on my Peace Poster.
People seemed to enjoy taking
pictures and watching John demonstrate pottery.
It is so lovely to see a mother
holding her child, who shows the happiness and comfort of being embraced by his
mother with joy.
“Miss. Newark, New Jersey”, stopped
her tour to write her comments about Peace.
Beautiful flowers and beautiful
people made the atmosphere of the festival vibrant and Peaceful. This is the kind of harmony we need when
people get together to celebrate life. (No
Fighting, No Conflict and No More Wars)
Please continue to view The Halsey Street
Festival Part 3
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and John Watts, Sunday, February
Link to Ing & John’s Street Art & The
International Street Art Part 15
TOP 100 Urban Art 2019 – Best artworks and street artists of
the year P 1 & 2
We’re at the beginning of 2020 and its time for the
Streetart360 team to do a retrospective on the most beautiful urban art murals
painted in 2019. We’ve selected 100 murals from around the world, some by
renown artists and others by new talents. We based our selection on the number
of likes and shares they have received on the StreetArt360 social network pages
(Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest) Please use the comment section to
give us your feed back and remember to visit the artists social networks or
websites. Thanks for sharing this Top 100. We wish you all the best for 2020.
Set within a district
of Victorian industrial buildings, the Toronto Light Festival is
a free 45-day festival occurring during this year’s winter months as a way to
creatively draw the city’s inhabitants out of their homes. Featuring 21 diverse
light installations built by local and international artists and thousands of
glowing bulbs, the festival covers a total of 13 acres in the city’s Distillery District. Installations range from a series of
lit figures appearing to jump from the roof of one of the historic buildings to
two red, geometric cats prowling an included alleyway, with several
multi-colored works in-between.
You can catch Toronto’s first ever
light art festival until March 12, or follow the festival on Instagram to catch snapshots of the glowing
to Ing & John’s Street Art & The International Street Art Part 16
I discovered the Russian street art scene a few years ago,
when some murals by P183 were becoming popular on social network sites More
recently I met Zmogk in Vitry sur Seine while he was busy painting an amazing
mural for a small urban art event.
I have also had the pleasure of interviewing both Yulia
Vanifatieva and Julia Volchkova, two up-and-coming Russian street artists. They
impressed me with their creativity and originality which was so different to
anything I had seen before.
Russia is currently one of the most creative urban art
hotspots in Europe. It is such a shame that so little is known about many of
these artists outside of Russia. I have therefore decided to publish a list of
the most interesting and creative artists. I Hope it will help you discover and
fall in love with their art, follow their social networks and promote their
work around the world. They deserve it!
Pavel or Paul (P183) was born in Moscow in 1983 and died
aged 29 on 1 April 2013. P183 is probably the best known Russian street artist
and has been dubbed as the ‘Russian Banksy’ by the British press. This artist
was one of the creators of the street art movement in Europe and his untimely
death was a major loss to the urban art scene.
RIP P183 you wrote some amazing letters on the wall of
Street Art and graffiti history. True art lovers will never forget you.
street art in Russia by P183
Marat ‘Morik’ Danilyan is a street
artist, graphic designer and illustrator from Russia. He went to art school but
then went on to complete degrees in philology and economics from the
Novosibirsk State University. With the rise of the Internet in the late 90’s,
Morik developed a passion for graffiti through Hip-hop culture. He started to
develop spray-painting skills and a love for experimenting with letter forms.
Piotr Gerasimenko (Petro) was born
in Zhukovsky in 1984 and is a member of the crew called Aesthetics. He’s been
painting on walls for more than a decade and, while developing his style, has
gone through many different stages to become one of the most prominent and
respected artists on the Russian graffiti scene.
Sergey is a Russian graffiti artist
from Ekaterinburg, who specialises in abstract lettering. He paints complex
murals showcasing many techniques. He loves to paint vegetation combined with
abstract lettering and typography.
Vitae Viazi are a street art crew
(art-collective) from Moscow. The name “Vitae Viazi” comes from the Latin word
“vitae” (“of life”) and “viazi,” which is the name of a special ornamental
Cyrillic (old slavonic) script. This decorative script was their initial source
of inspiration. The name of the crew should be written with characters of two
keyboard layouts “VITAE ????” but it is too tricky to google, so they choose –
Combining art and activism, the PangeaSeed Foundation is a Hawaii-based nonprofit
organization tha is doing its part to help save Earth’s waters with its “Sea
Walls: Artists For Oceans” international mural program. Since its
inception in 2014, over 350 ocean-themed murals have been painted in 15
countries by the organization’s network of over 300 artists. With activations
in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Mexico, and several other
locations around the globe, the initiative engages the public and educates the
world about critical environmental issues threatening our most precious
resources through art, film screenings, and discussions.
PangeaSeed founder and executive director
Tré Packard tells Colossal that when it comes to choosing which artists to work
with and what they should paint, balance and community are key. “We always aim
to create a balance between international, national and local artists,” he
said. “Over the years, with the Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program being
nomadic, we’ve learned the importance of community ownership of the murals once
we’ve packed up and left town. There tends to be so many incredible local
creatives in the areas we host projects, so we work hand in hand with the local
project director to help identify local artists who we invite to participate in
the project.” Artists are given a list of topics to choose from and together
with the team narrow it down to one. The murals are site-specific in that they
address issues relevant to the places where they are painted. Some artists have
even connected with local scientists and activists during the planning stage to
better inform their designs.
“The beauty of public art lies in
the fact that it is a public good where even ‘non-artsy’ folks can be touched
and empowered by experiencing the process or the finished product,” Packard
said about the mural program. “In addition to encouraging other artists
to create for a purpose, our chief goal is to effect positive behavioral change
at the individual and community level, so we’re thrilled when fans who aren’t
artistically inclined are moved.” As for ways that people can get involved and
help, he suggests finding ways to use less plastic, eating sustainable seafood,
and voting for politicians with ocean-minded ideas.
Packard says that there are some
dream projects on the horizon for Sea Walls, but those details are still under
wraps for now. To learn more about the foundation and its upcoming activations,
follow @pangeaseed and @Seawalls_ on social media.
Baltimore-based artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, known as Jessie
and Katey, started creating murals because of the sheer accessibility
of public art. The pair have always created work with a big visual impact, but
as their designs grew they began to consider the possibility of working on the
ground in addition to large-scale walls. Their site-specific floor works
combine inspirations from both textiles and board games to create interactive
walkways that encourage play and exploration. Jessie and Katey explain to
Colossal that “the compositions are inspired by the viewer and how they might
travel through the work. It’s really fun watching little kids interact with the
floor murals—they always know what to do.”
The math behind both textile design
and quilting is an aspect that the pair must consider when painting their
large-scale works, and have started to inform how the pair begins each piece’s
early designs. “We approach our large-scale work a bit like screen printers,
even though we don’t screen print,” the pair explains. “Our process of
execution is very methodical and we tend to think in planes or layers. This is
probably a result of having to develop concepts and adapt them to larger spaces
in a short amount of time. It’s interesting that painting murals has informed
how we paint murals.”
This summer Jessie and Katey are
working with the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation in Baltimore to
create a site-specific mural for the Foundation’s new community space. The
artists will also be painting a piece in Sacramento in collaboration with Wide Open Walls and later this fall will be
working on an immersive installation incorporating recycled materials at
Baltimore’s Goucher College, a rare opportunity for the pair
to work in three dimensions. You can view more of Jessie and Katey’s work on
their website and Instagram
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