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    “El TAMARUGO” by INTI in Chile

    Street artist and muralist INTI just worked on a new mural in Chile entitled “El TAMARUGO” for the project “Iquique En Color Es” organized by Nomadesert.

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    The mural features a Tamarugo tree which is a native species from the north of Chile, which manages to survive in one of the most arid places on the planet, Atacama Desert. The ability of this species to survive has been vital to the communities that inhabit these places since ancient times, and a symbol of life and resistance to the devastation of resources caused by mega-mining in these lands.

    INTI creates artworks surly carries out not more than the meaning, he also transmits the warm colours of it. Painting on canvasses, creating sculptures or large murals, his artwork addresses birthplace of the Latin American culture, multiplying it on a global level.
    His work can be seen across walls in Belgium, USA, Slovakia, France, Lebanon, Spain, Germany, Poland, Norway, Turkey, Peru, Puerto Rico and – of course – Chile. INTI ‘s name is from the Incan sun god and the Quechua word for ‘the Sun’ as homage to his Chilean roots.
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    “Beyond Walls” by SAYPE in Cape Town, South Africa

    In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as South Africa is in the international spotlight, French-Swiss artist Saype chooses to present a fraternal vision in three neighbourhoods in Sea Point, in the city of Cape Town. The current crisis reinforces Saype’s optimistic will to present these universal frescos of benevolence and togetherness.

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    Three frescoes were created using approximately 1000 liters of biodegradable pigments made out of charcoal, chalk, water and milk proteins. The “Beyond Walls” project aims at creating the largest symbolic human chain around the world.

    In Cape Town this step was motivated by the country’s persisting need for reunification. Three frescoes representing widely different populations and realities within the city were created in Sea Point (6000 Sq. m), the Philippi township (800 Sq. m) and the Langa township (800 Sq. m).
    Cape Town, warmly known as the Mother City, represents the ninth stage of the global artistic project “Beyond Walls” initiated by Saype in June 2019 in Paris. South Africa is a country rich in culture and ethnic diversity bound by the spirit of Ubuntu (togetherness). In these unprecedented times, and while the whole world battles the effects and impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, increased political polarization and economic hardships, this spirit of Ubuntu is exactly what is needed. Striving to recover from the dark time of apartheid, South Africa constitutes a crucial milestone for “Beyond Walls”.

    The gigantic painted hands symbolize the reconciliation, a pillar of Nelson Mandela’s ethos. They intertwine beyond inequalities, created in fundamentally different areas of the city.  Saype hopes that art may be a modest contribution to reunite a city whose historic scars have not yet healed.
    This step is carried out in fruitful collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa, the International Public Art Festival, Baz-Art and the City of Cape Town.

    Self-taught, Saype is known today for his paintings on grass, made with eco-responsible paint. Certainly one of the most publicized artists in 2019, he was notably named by the famous magazine Forbes as one of the thirty most influential personalities under the age of thirty in the world, in the field of art and Culture.
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    New murals by Ludo in Paris, France

    Street artist Ludo is back with a new batch of fresh murals on the streets of Paris, France.b-sm = none; sm > 728×90;b-sm = 300×250; sm > none; The artwork above shows a rose wrapped tightly with a zip tie. Ludo shared this mural together with the words “Lockdown… no blossom allowed”. These new set of… More

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    “Rubik Cube” by Neopaint Works in Budapest, Hungary

    Artist group Neopaint Works shares their work, Rubik-Cube, located in Budapest, Hungary. It was painted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube – which is also the 70th birthday of Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik, it’s inventor.

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    Neopaint Works is mural painter group based in Budapest that was founded in 2005. They paint everywhere, indoor and outdoor, but prefer the public mural painting. From 2010, Neopaint Works have painted around 50 pieces especially in Budapest but all around Hungary.
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    “The Haretoise” & “The Ladybug” by AlfAlfA in Alberta and Quebec, Canada

    Street artist AlfAlfAl recently just finished a series of murals across Canada. His artworks usually showcases animal-human hybrids, using a collage style to create otherworldly, mythical beings.

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    His mural entitled “The Haretoise” located at Calgary, Alberta is an invitation to find your own speed, to walk at your own rhythm and pace. The mural is inspired by Aesop’s fable “The Hare and the Tortoise”, taking it as a starting point, but posing it as a non-oppositive duality- presenting it as a whole, or as two faces of the same coin.

    Nicolas Sanchez (AKA AlfAlfA) is a Venezuelan artist now based in Toronto. He began his artistic studies at an early age and later found a focus on mural painting in Uruguay at the School of Beaux Arts. He has supplemented his formal education through international art residencies and commissions, and has spent 4 years travelling the world, painting in 3 continents and 25 countries.
    AlfAlfA considers himself a draftsman, using techniques based on vintage etchings and engravings, with a particular focus on the perspectival effects of variations of the thickness of lines. His artwork is meant to evoke humour through its irony; a reflection of our own condition as human beings.
    Check out below to see more photos of his work.

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    “Reckless Actions Effects” by Gola Hundun in Bellaria-Igea Marina, Italy

    “Reckless actions effects” opens up to a new project by Gola Hundun located in Bellaria-Igea Marina (Italy). The mural is just completed and it is part of multiple actions which will take place in the next months thanks to the City Hall and VerdeBlu Foundation.

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    The project is conceived to be a series of thoughts about human beings actions and Mass Tourism policies of the last decades. The topic is both local – because of the negative impacts on local natural heritage – and global – since many areas on the Planet share the same destiny.

    A luxuriant Barrier Reef is depicted in the mural, full of many diverse flora and fauna species. Barrier Reef, considered to be the most diverse and complex forms of life, run the risk of losing their amazing colors because of the coral bleaching phenomenon.
    Like what happens in Natural environment, in Gola’s Façade the scenario becomes less and less visible towards the absolute white corner of the wall. The mentioned white means the absence, the emptiness, the lost caused by men into the ecosystem. Also the place where the artwork takes place has a double meaning: it is based where it used to be a coastal pine forest, later destroyed to build the Tourism Office of the town, according to the instant profit policy of that time.

    The artwork invites us to think about the lack of empathy towards the rest of the species and to the action/reaction process. The mural is a way to underline the link among the world itself, the forces within and the beings that inhabit it. In this case: deforestation, global warming, climate change, ice melting, ocean acidification, ocean bleaching.

    The awareness and understanding of human choices are the cornerstones of Gola’s work which aims to be a spotlight on human actions tailored on a short term vision. Human beings believe to be still on the top of the pyramid and to have the right to rule the world. The results of these thoughts – dated back to Platonic vision and monotheistic theories –  have brought to the present environmental crack and climate crisis which we are currently facing.

    Italian artist Gola Hundun’s work shows the relationship between human beings and the biosphere. This consideration combined with the conscious decision to live as a vegetarian since the age of 16, positions the artist and his work closer to both the animal and human spheres. He explores themes such as interspecies communication, shamanism, ecology, a return to the earth, vegetarianism and spirituality. Besides his work as a painter, Gola Hundun also creates public installations incorporating living plants, electronics, woods, music and live performances. 
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    Catch a Fish in Paris. Post on Social Media. Release.

    AdvertisementContinue reading the main storySupported byContinue reading the main storyParis DispatchCatch a Fish in Paris. Post on Social Media. Release.A new, younger generation of fishers is taking over the banks of the Seine, transforming a centuries-old tradition into an underground culture.The Seine used to be the fishing playground of older, working-class men who whiled away their retirement days at the river. These days, a younger and more diverse generation is disrupting the scene.Credit…Andrea Mantovani for The New York TimesJan. 11, 2021, 12:01 a.m. ETLire en françaisPARIS — On a recent wintry afternoon along the Seine, a Parisian teenager took a fishing rod out of a narrow holster, stuck a glittery rubber fish on a hook and cast his line into the water.The fisherman, Eliot Malherbe, 19, was soon joined at the river’s edge by his friend Kacim Machline, 22, an art student. But first, Mr. Machline spray painted a greenish striped fish on the concrete walls by their spot on the river, in an renovated former industrial area near the Jardin des Plantes on the Left Bank.The Seine used to be the fishing playground of older, working-class men who whiled away their retirement days at the river. These days, a younger and more diverse generation is disrupting the scene.Many of the younger anglers were first drawn to the Seine by the promise of other adventures. The city’s quays offer some of the city’s prime skateboarding territory, and for graffiti artists, it provides areas with little traffic so they can discreetly spray their tags during the night.While fishing’s more sedate pleasures might seem to lack the same thrill, that’s not the case, said Manuel Obadia-Wills, 40, a former graffiti artist and skateboarder — and now a fisherman during his free time.Kacim Machline creating some art before fishing.Credit…Andrea Mantovani for The New York Times“There is a buzz, an addictive side, a repetition until you reach the moment of grace,” Mr. Obadia-Wills said. “In skateboarding, it’s the perfect trick. As for graffiti, it’s all about the adrenaline rush when you are in a forbidden place. When you fish, it’s about the most beautiful catch.”Like skateboarding and drawing graffiti, fishing in the Seine, too, sometimes flirts with legality. Many fishers go out after work or school — although France has officially forbidden fishing after sunset since 1669 even during wintertime.During the official fishing season from May to January, young fishers meet at certain spots — near barges stretching for miles along the river and under which fish shelter, or by the Canal Saint-Martin or Canal de l’Ourcq, where the water is calmer and warmer than in the Seine.Eager to find unexplored grounds, though, some venture to restricted areas like under the Bastille square at “the tunnel,” as it’s known, a mile-long underground canal covered by a stone vault. The city recently sealed off its entrance to try to prevent people from getting in.The “tunnel” is a mile-long underground canal under the Bastille square.Credit…Andrea Mantovani for The New York TimesAlthough they are carrying on a centuries-old tradition of fishing in the shadows of Notre-Dame or below the Eiffel Tower, younger fishers have brought with them updated rules and codes.Foremost among them: The ultimate aim of the day’s catch is no longer about sharing a meal with friends and family. Instead, the goal is to share on social media close-up images of the pikes, perches, zanders, wels catfish and other species — and then releasing them back in the river.“Fishing is a sport and fish are our game partners, that’s why we release them,” said Grégoire Auffert, 21, squatting on a parapet of the Quai Anatole France facing the Tuileries Garden across the river. “You would never ask a tennis player to eat the ball.”Also, the new generation uses plastic artificial baits to lure the fish, not the natural baits like the worms still favored by beret-wearing retirees. The fish don’t swallow the lures, and fishers can hook them by their mouth cartilage, causing the least possible harm.The new customs are aimed at protecting the increasing biodiversity in the Seine. In the 1970s, there were only three fish species left in the river, but after decades of water purification policies, there are now more than 30 — although plastic bags, industrial waste and, lately, electric scooters with lithium batteries keep contaminating the river.“The milieu has been constantly improving and the coronavirus pandemic intensified it” by offering a quieter environment to fish, said Bill François, a marine scientist. He pointed out that this past year there have been fewer tourist boats running on the Seine. During the summer, he said, “we observed a very good reproduction.”Mr. Machline displaying  a perch he caught in the area of the Seine that connects to the Canal Saint-Martin.Credit…Andrea Mantovani for The New York TimesThierry Paquot, who studies urban life and teaches at the Paris Urban Planning Institute, sees the urban anglers as part of a push by city dwellers across France to be more in tune with nature.“There is a whole new range of practices heading in the same direction, like urban agriculture,” he said.He said a generation of young adults, suffering from growing economic precariousness, find a sense of community in the tradition of fishing, which they have transformed by an ecological awareness and by sharing their passion through technology.The fishing federation of the Parisian region has 8,500 members, all of whom buy an annual license for about $120. Add in those who occasionally purchase a daily license for $15, and those who fish illegally, and the total number of people who fish in the capital could be over 30,000, according to fishing store owners.“The number of fishermen remains quite stable, but now young people clearly outnumber people of a certain age,” said Marcelo D’Amore, who has been selling fishing gear in Paris for the past 30 years, first at a sporting goods chain and now at “Giga-pêche” — which means something like “mega-fishing” — a store he opened in 2016 in eastern Paris.The growing appeal of Parisian fishing to the younger crowd has drawn the attention of entrepreneurs like Fred Miessner, who says he noticed the trend in the early 2000s and nicknamed it “street-fishing.” With a business partner, Mr. Miessner — who also fishes in the Seine — launched French Touch Fishing, a fishing items wholesale company, and Big Fish 1983, a streetwear collection for urban fishers including hats, printed T-shirts and polarized sunglasses.Fred Miessner, right, with his business partner, William Fichard, in front of the office of French Touch Fishing and Big Fish 1983.Credit…Andrea Mantovani for The New York Times“We didn’t recognize ourselves in the old codes,” Mr. Miessner said. “We didn’t wear plastic boots, military fatigues or closefitting jerseys. We fished, and after, we went to parties with our friends without changing clothes.”His brand and others like it sponsor young fishermen who have become social media influencers in the community. Mr. Machline, the art student, receives hundreds of dollars’ worth of goods from a company in exchange for posts mentioning the brand to his 4,000 followers on Instagram.Some fishing customs remain unchanged in the social media age. While sharing photos of the day’s trophy catch is essential, fishers tend to avoid making their exact locations obvious to protect them from “crabbers” — as they call those who identify good spots from pictures.And bragging about the size of one’s catch continues unabated.On a recent late afternoon, after a day roaming the banks, Mr. Machline caught a plump 15-inch perch in the Bassin de l’Arsenal, a barge port near the Place de la Bastille where the Canal Saint-Martin meets the Seine. Mr. Malherbe, his friend, captured the moment on his cellphone, then the fish was re-immersed in the water.“I always stretch out my arms in front of me,” Mr. Machline said with a proud smile. “That way, the fish looks bigger in the picture.”A lesson for children organized by the fishing school Naturlish on the Canal de Saint-Denis.Credit…Andrea Mantovani for The New York TimesAdvertisementContinue reading the main story More

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    À Paris, on pêche, on poste, et on relâche

    AdvertisementContinue reading the main storySupported byContinue reading the main storyÀ Paris, on pêche, on poste, et on relâcheUne nouvelle génération de pêcheurs s’empare des berges de la Seine et une tradition centenaire se mue en véritable culture underground.La Seine a longtemps été le terrain de jeu de pêcheurs âgés issus des classes populaires, de retraités tuant le temps sur les bords du fleuve. Mais aujourd’hui, une génération plus jeune et diverse vient bouleverser ce tableau.Credit…Andrea Mantovani pour The New York TimesJan. 11, 2021, 12:01 a.m. ETRead in EnglishPARIS – Une brise hivernale souffle sur la Seine. Eliot Malherbe, un jeune Parisien de 19 ans, tire une canne à pêche de son fourreau, plante un poisson en plastique pailleté sur son hameçon et jette la ligne à l’eau.Son ami Kacim Machline, un étudiant en art, 22 ans, ne tarde pas à le rejoindre. Mais avant, il ajoute la dernière touche au poisson vert zébré qu’il a peint à la bombe sur un mur en béton à quelques pas du spot de pêche, dans un ancien quartier industriel désormais rénové près du Jardin des Plantes sur la Rive Gauche.La Seine a longtemps été le terrain de jeu de pêcheurs âgés issus des classes populaires, de retraités tuant le temps au bord du fleuve. Mais aujourd’hui, une génération plus jeune et diverse est venue bouleverser ce tableau.Nombre de ces jeunes pêcheurs ont été attirés sur les quais de la ville par la promesse qu’ils leur réservaient de nouvelles aventures. Les skateurs profitent déjà de cet espace dégagé, qui offre également aux graffeurs des coins avec peu de passage pour peindre leurs fresques, la nuit, à l’abri des regards.Pour un œil profane, la pêche ne semble pas pouvoir offrir une exaltation semblable. Pourtant, Manuel Obadia-Wills — un ancien graffeur et skateur désormais converti à la pêche pendant son temps libre — affirme le contraire.Kacim Machline peint un graffiti avant de se mettre à pêcher.Credit…Andrea Mantovani pour The New York Times“Il y a un ‘thrill’, un côté addictif, un côté répétitif pour arriver au moment de grâce”, explique l’homme de 40 ans. “En skateboard, c’est la figure parfaite. En graffiti, c’est la montée d’adrénaline dans un endroit où tu n’avais pas le droit d’aller. En pêche, c’est le plus beau poisson.”Comme le skateboard et le graffiti, la pêche en Seine outrepasse parfois la frontière de la légalité. Beaucoup de passionnés sortent pêcher après le travail ou les cours — même si la pêche de nuit est interdite en France depuis 1669, y compris pendant l’hiver.Pendant la période officielle d’ouverture de la pêche, de mai à janvier, les jeunes adeptes se retrouvent sur les spots incontournables — près des péniches amarrées sur des kilomètres le long du fleuve qui servent de refuge aux poissons, ou au bord du Canal Saint-Martin ou du Canal de l’Ourcq, là où l’eau est plus calme et plus chaude que celle de la Seine.À la recherche de coins inexplorés, certains s’aventurent dans des lieux interdits au public – comme le “tunnel”. C’est ainsi que les pêcheurs appellent le canal souterrain qui court sur plus d’un kilomètre sous une voûte de pierre depuis la place de la Bastille. La mairie en a récemment fermé l’entrée pour interdire tout passage aux piétons.Le “tunnel” est un canal souterrain de plus d’un kilomètre de long depuis la place de la Bastille.Credit…Andrea Mantovani pour The New York TimesCela fait des siècles qu’on trouve des Parisiens amateurs de pêche au pied de Notre-Dame ou de la Tour Eiffel. Ces jeunes-ci sont les héritiers de cette tradition, mais ils l’ont mise au goût du jour avec leurs propres règles et leurs codes.Désormais, une belle prise n’est plus synonyme de repas en famille ou entre amis. Au lieu de cela, les pêcheurs postent sur les réseaux sociaux des gros plans des perches, sandres, silures et autres espèces attrapées dans le fleuve — avant de les relâcher.“La pêche est un sport et les poissons sont nos partenaires de jeu, c’est pour ça qu’on les relâche”, explique Grégoire Auffret, accroupi sur un parapet du Quai Anatole France sur la berge opposée au Jardin des Tuileries. “On ne va jamais demander à un joueur de tennis de manger sa balle”, ajoute le jeune homme de 21 ans.Pour tromper le poisson, la jeune génération remplace les appâts naturels comme les vers — que les retraités coiffés de bérets privilégient encore — par des appâts artificiels en plastique. Le poisson n’avale pas le leurre, et les pêcheurs peuvent le ferrer par le cartilage de sa bouche, en le blessant le moins possible.Ces nouvelles pratiques visent à protéger la biodiversité de plus en plus importante de la Seine. Dans les années 1970, il ne restait que trois espèces de poissons dans le fleuve. Après des décennies de politiques d’assainissement de l’eau, on en compte désormais plus de trente – même si les sacs plastiques, les déchets industriels et, dernièrement, les trottinettes électriques avec des batteries au lithium polluent encore le fleuve.“Le milieu s’améliore constamment et le coronavirus a accentué le phénomène” en offrant un environnement plus calme aux poissons, explique Bill François, un océanographe. Il ajoute que les bateaux pour touristes n’ont quasiment pas navigué sur la Seine cette année. Pendant l’été, “on a constaté une très bonne reproduction.”Kacine Machline exhibe la perche qu’il vient de pêcher dans le Bassin de l’Arsenal, l’embouchure du Canal Saint-Martin sur la Seine.Credit…Andrea Mantovani pour The New York TimesSelon Thierry Paquot, philosophe de la ville et enseignant à l’Institut d’urbanisme de Paris, les pêcheurs urbains s’inscrivent dans un élan général qui pousse les citadins partout en France à se rapprocher de la nature.“Il y a un faisceau de nouvelles pratiques qui vont dans le même sens, comme l’agriculture urbaine”, dit-il.Il ajoute qu’une génération de jeunes adultes, confrontés à la précarité économique grandissante, trouve un sens de la communauté dans la tradition de la pêche, désormais transformée par leur conscience écologique et le recours aux nouvelles technologies pour partager leur passion.La Fédération de Pêche de Paris et de sa région compte 8500 membres détenteurs d’une carte de pêche annuelle coûtant 100 euros. Si on y ajoute ceux qui achètent occasionnellement une carte journalière à 12 euros et ceux qui pêchent illégalement, il y aurait plus de 30 000 pêcheurs dans la capitale, d’après les propriétaires de magasins de pêche.“Le nombre de pêcheurs reste assez stable, mais maintenant on voit clairement qu’il y a plus de jeunes que de gens d’un certain âge”, explique Marcelo D’Amore, qui a commencé à vendre des articles de pêche à Paris il y a trente ans dans une chaîne de magasins de sports. Il est désormais propriétaire du magasin “Giga-pêche” — ouvert en 2016 dans le 12ème arrondissement.L’engouement du jeune public pour la pêche à Paris n’est pas passé inaperçu auprès des entrepreneurs. Fred Miessner a découvert cette tendance au début des années 2000 et l’a surnommée le “street-fishing”. Avec son associé, ce pêcheur passionné a lancé French Touch Fishing, une entreprise de distribution d’articles de pêche, et Big Fish 1983, une collection de vêtements pour pêcheurs urbains avec des bonnets, des T-shirt à imprimés et des lunettes de soleil polarisées.Fred Miessner, à droite, avec son associé William Fichard, devant les bureaux de French Touch Fishing et Big Fish 1983, leurs entreprises d’articles et de vêtements pour pêcheur urbains.Credit…Andrea Mantovani pour The New York Times“On ne se reconnaissait pas dans les anciens codes”, explique M. Miessner. “On n’était pas en bottes en plastique, en treillis militaire ou en maillot Tour de France. On pêchait, et puis on pouvait aller en soirée avec des potes sans changer d’habits.”French Touch Fishing et d’autres marques sponsorisent des jeunes pêcheurs, qui deviennent des influenceurs sur les réseaux sociaux pour leur communauté. M. Machline, l’étudiant en art, reçoit l’équivalent de plusieurs centaines d’euros par an de la part de son sponsor en échange de publications faisant mention de la marque à ses 4000 abonnés sur Instagram.Mais certaines traditions restent inchangées, même à l’ère des réseaux sociaux. S’il est devenu essentiel de publier une photo de son plus beau poisson de la journée, les pêcheurs cachent toujours la localisation exacte de leurs prises pour éloigner les “crabbers” — surnom donné à ceux qui repèrent les bons spots de pêche grâce aux photos.Et bien sûr, se vanter de la taille de sa prise reste aussi de rigueur.Après une journée à parcourir les berges dans le froid de décembre, M. Machline finit par attraper une perche potelée de quarante centimètres dans le Bassin de l’Arsenal, le port de plaisance à l’embouchure du Canal Saint-Martin sur la Seine, près de la Place de la Bastille. M. Malherbe, son ami, immortalise l’instant avec son téléphone portable, avant que le poisson ne soit rejeté à l’eau.“Je tends toujours les bras devant moi”, sourit fièrement M. Machline. “Comme ça, le poisson a l’air plus gros sur la photo.”Une leçon de pêche organisée pour les enfants par l’école Naturlish sur le Canal Saint-Denis.Credit…Andrea Mantovani pour The New York TimesAdvertisementContinue reading the main story More