Seems the Miami Zombie isn’t the only mystery to arise over Memorial Day Weekend, for while a naked madman was eating the face off someone near the MacArthur Causeway, an enterprising art op was affixing a series of sculptures to a few choice utility poles around Wynwood.
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As we continue our features of local street artist, this week we tracked down the person behind the strange, hand-drawn posters known as Animal Takeover.
His Tumblr page explains the basis for his universe. A place where animals look down on our pathetic human lives as they plot the reclaiming of what is rightfully theirs.
They do not destroy anything – unlike us. They just want their shit back. They really want the humans to chill the hell out. In large cities they would actually like to hang in their bars.
Can’t really argue with that, can you? When I contacted the artist for an interview, he responded, “if you are a cop, no. If you are a real person, yes. Cool. Thanks for the love.”
This should be interesting.
Our favorite Wynwood wall got torn down today. The corner of 21st and N Miami Ave was an outdoor museum featuring everything that’s great about street art in one frantic space. We featured this wall once before, and we warned it would be coming down soon. Despite all the hype, the growth of the neighborhood really hasn’t even started yet. We just hope that amidst the new restaurants, galleries, and shops, spaces like this don’t become a thing of the past. Use Google Maps Street View to take a virtual tour of what it used to be.
Every once in a while, we’ll drive to work in the morning and find that our block has changed a bit overnight. Walls, lampposts and mailboxes will have new faces staring back at us in the form of stickers, stencils and posters. We’ve written before about the constantly evolving nature of the walls in our neighborhood.
During the September Art Walk, we noticed a new artist blanketing the streets with black and white portraits and the words “Clandestine Culture.” We’re always fascinated by what drives these artists, so we decided to track down the person behind Clandestine Culture and ask them some questions. He goes by the name of Poska and he spoke to us about the motivation for his work, the nature of street art and what it all means for Wynwood.
South Florida Daily Blog shared a great post from The Feast on Friday about local street artist Ahol Sniffs Glue. Ahol is among the most well known of the local street artist because of his seemingly ubiquitous lazy eyes overrunning numerous walls throughout Wynwood and the rest of Miami, including right outside of Butter Gallery, our next-door neighbor.
The interview provided some wonderful insight into Ahol’s life and his thoughts on street art…
“By textbook standards I would [consider myself a graffiti artist], but the way I see it I like the fact that anonymously you can build a name and making it your little one man band. You’re in control of people knowing you that don’t know you just by your dedication by to come out and throwing a sticker up or catching a tag doing a mural.”
…and how he hopes to progress as an artist.
“I need to show this next body of work in the right setting. It’s important to me to show it the way I want. There’s a story there, I’ve been through a lot and I’ve used that towards my work. I’ll be painting live at the Wynwood Art Fair in October, but my personal show, this next body of work, it’s got to be done right. It’s personal.”
Aside from painting live, Ahol also created all of the promotional artwork for the Wynwood Art Fair on October 21-23, which is benefitting the Lotus House women’s shelter.
This building on 19th street and N Miami Ave is one of my favorites in the area. The colors look beautiful against a clear sky. Check out the Google Maps Street View to see what it used to look like. Does anybody know who painted this?
On Friday the South Florida Business Journal featured an article about some of the properties being bought up in the Wynwood area and their proposed uses. Metro 1 Properties has purchased over 15 acres across several blocks, including the former free trade zone, which is set to become the production facility for the new Charlie’s Angels TV show on ABC. Another large chunk of the space purchased comes from the long abandoned RC Cola Plant off of NW 6 Ave and 24th street.
Click below to continue reading and to see some of our photos.
Street murals are impermanent. Works are liable to be painted over or torn down at any time, and it’s that constant state of change that differentiates street art from other art forms. It’s what makes this pocket of Miami so exciting and the reason we go mural hunting everyday. The streets are a living canvas and blank walls are few and far between. But nothing will be here forever.
While zipping around on our egg hunt we’ve noticed these large couch stickers posted around the neighborhood. We were curious about what they meant and who posted them, but figured it was simply another viral street art exhibit. Stencil art and stickers are common in the Wynwood area. After finding a postcard at Jimmy’z , we realized the couches are promoting a company called World Lounge Radio. The site is an internet radio station that streams free lounge music. Lounge seems to be the go-to genre as background music for some galleries around here, so it seems like the site can be a useful resource. Regardless of what you think of lounge music, it’s an interesting strategy that the company doesn’t include a URL or name on the sticker. We were just Googling “orange couch wireless globe sticker Wynwood” like idiots before today.