Roeland Otten has become an inspiration to me in my personal city project, i loved how he was camouflaging buildings in a unique way, by printing out pixelated versions of the building and placing it in front of it. As me and my group began looking at mosaics, this also reminded me of the the pixels that Otten has used in his work, so I became even more inspired to use pixels in my own work.
I began with collecting the photos of the ‘outdated’ buildings that i believed were and eyesore and i then used Photoshop to create the pixelated effect.
These are my results:
I decided that the editing would be most effective if i didn’t pixelate the whole photograph, I thought this because in Roeland Otten’s work you can see the original building as well as the pixels and the idea of seeing the original building behind the ‘pixel camouflage’ creates an important contrast that i wanted to replicate.
Our group became very inspired by a French street artist known as “Space Invader”
“Invader pastes characters from and inspired by the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, that are composed of small colored square tiles forming a space invader character mural mosaic. He does this in cities across the world, then documents this as an “Invasion”, with books and maps of where to find each invader.”
A lot of this street artists work was taken down or destroyed, this inspired us as did the fact he has places his mosaics all around the world in different areas.
We came up with the idea of creating mosaics an placing them around Cardiff. We liked the idea of different areas maybe acting differently to street art so we want to place the mosaics in the area that we found all the graffiti (city road), the higher ends of cardiff and the lower ends too. We are interested to see if they are ruined by other graffiti, taken down or left completely alone.
Here are some works from the space invader street artist:
Graffiti and street art became the main area of focus for our group, and we all came to the conclusion that street art can transform a boring wall or building into something with more personality. I wanted to experiment with this by drawing on top of photos of destroyed buildings that i had printed out. Here are my pieces of work:
I believe that my works are successful as the after product is more aesthetically pleasing than the building was beforehand
We were put into groups to create a collaborative project based on ‘The hidden city’. We all came from different areas of art. Included in the group is Ruta who is on the designer maker course, Amber who is on the illustration course and Rory who does product design. This will definitely benefit us as we can use all our expert areas together to create almost anything we have in mind successfully.
Initially we put all our ideas together and tried to combine them, we found this to be unsuccessful as it became complicated and confusing. To simplify our ideas we stuck to looking at graffiti and architecture, so me and Ruta explored city road where we knew there was a lot of graffiti and street art. Here are the photos that I took when exploring the area:
The demolition of historical buildings was too hasty in the 20th century, with Britain increasingly becoming a service providing economy, the need for office blocks was increasing and key cultural, historical and aesthetically attractive landmarks were being destroyed to accommodate for this. However, many of these office blocks are left empty and up to rent for business. A waste.
Previously an old Victorian style fire station, in keeping with the rest of the roads Victorian design. Demolished in 1973 to be moved to a new location and replaced by a NCP which ruins the street with its classic ugly 20th century urban building design.
In 1536 – Henry VIII reformed the church of england, causing greyfriars and blackfriars to close. In 1570 the ruin of the Franciscan friary was purchased by the Herbert family and developed into a mansion called Greyfriars House. The mansion however wasn’t maintained towards the end of the 18th century, but the ruins remained a Cardiff landmark right up until 1958 when it was controversially sold to developers and demolished to make way for the Pearl Assurance building (now Capital Tower) which was completed in 1967.