I have taken a few pictures at Sliema Street Art Festival that took place this weekend at the seaside. There were some bands playing next to the artists. The place was fun and lively.
I like to see artists at work. You can see them using sprays as if they were using paint brushes.
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yarn bombing on a palm tree by Julia Rio
It’s unusual to see a graffiti in harmony with its environment. Generally, it looks out of place in order to be noticed.
On the contrary, the graffiti I have depicted is like the caption that describes a picture.
The word “ruins”is tagged on a abandoned building, that indeed threatens to fall into ruin, in the middle of fields in Malta. Its good integration into the landscape may be the reason why it hasn’t been removed yet.
Space invaders are small characters taken from a vidéo game of the same name. Paris walls have been overrun for a long time by mosaic space invaders but I didn’t expect to find them one of them in Malta.
This invader is in Saint Paul’s Bay, on stairs that are shaped like a bridge pillar. It remains to be seen if he came alone or if it is the beginning of an invasion of the island.
Vancouver is not covered in tags still street art is present there. The City Hall has a project that enables graffiti-artists to paint a few authorized walls. In Vancouver, you find the same kind of graffitis as in other big cities but there are a few graffitis that stand out because they are directly influenced by art created by First Nations of the Pacific Coast of Canada. You can recognize the stylized patterns typical of indigenous art. This article features a few of those Vancouverite graffitis. Tangled figures and fantastic animals tell First Nations legends. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.
The first photo shows a abandoned shop window. The graffiti depicts a bird. I would say that it is an eagle from its curved beak. The drawing style and the choice of colors (white, black and red) are characteristic of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest’s iconography. For them, the eagle represents power and wisdom.
Graffiti located at Broadway and Fraser Street
The left part and the right part of this other graffiti could represent the sun and the moon. The central part is truncated but you can recognize a fish. Its head is at the top and its tail at the bottom. I think it’s an orca because of its teeth. Native peoples see orca as the animal that reigns over the sea.
Graffiti located at Pacific Street and Seymour Street
photo Kyle Pearce (c) Creative Commons
The last graffiti which is situated under Granville Bridge is more difficult to decipher due to the tangle of the characters.
On the bottom right-hand corner, it is written “… and the raven brought the light into the world”. This sentence evokes a legend of the Haida people which tells that the raven has created the world but a dark world because it lacks light. Light belongs to an old man who keeps it locked up in a box. So the raven steals light to the old man and with this light he creates the sun, the moon and the stars.
We can see a big raven on the picture: its head is on the right and there is a bird’s foot at the bottom. However I am not able to find any trace of the sun. On the left there is a face that doesn’t look happy. Maybe it’s the old man, furious to have his light stolen?
Graffiti located under Granville Bridge at 4th Avenue
Don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have difficulty spotting the characters… or if you find the sun on the last picture.