Public Art: Funk Zone Mural Picasso style

Santa Barbara Funk Zone picasso like public artpublic art mural

I just had to share this fab Funk Zone public art mural – seems to have the influence of Picasso or at least the bright colors Picasso liked to use from the 1930’s period.  This public art mural has happiness and sunshine oozing from every color!

I’m not certain of the artist so let me know if you do.  If you’re in the Santa Barbara area, the Funk Zone was just doing a call for mural artists.  If you want to see more Funk Zone public art murals check out this street which changes pretty frequently and was updated to this set of murals.  Yes, one more public art mural worth putting on your walking list is this one.

Picasso Inspriation…

The Dream by Pablo Picasso

The Dream by Pablo Picasso

Still Life with Pedestal Table by Pablo Picasso

Still Life with Pedestal Table by Pablo Picasso

Now that I’ve mentioned Picasso, my art bucket list includes creating a stained glass Picasso wall hanging – I’m kind of leaning towards the Still Life with Pedestal Table.  After seeing this Picasso stained glass work of art-it does look amazing!

TD Stained Glass Picasso

TD Stained Glass Picasso

 

 

DIY Public Art: Ski Fence

Diy Ski Fence Montana

Photographer: Christine S.

You’ve probably seen the DIY Ski benches but this is a first DIY Public Art ski fence spotted in Montana by my friend and awesome photo scout Christine! Luv all the color and am baffled at how someone could get their hands on that many old skis! I think it would make me happy each morning to see this rainbow!

The upside to the DIY Ski fence… no need to repaint! Talk about low maintenance.

Inspiration for repurposing old skis into DIY furniture…

DIY Ski Bench

DIY Ski Bench

 

DIY Ski Airondack chairs

DIY Ski Adirondack chairs

My favorite that would look aaamazing and classic – the repurposed runner sled and snow shoe chair! I want one because it brings back the old school runner sled days – no sled I swear is faster or as much fun as careening down the snow with three people stacked on top hanging on for dear life praying the driver won’t make a turn!!!

DIY Runner Sled Snow Shoe Chair

DIY Runner Sled Snow Shoe Chair

Business Bits: Business Billboard Art

Dragon sidewalk chalk art

 

Business billboard sidewalk chalk art? In case you’re looking for a unique way to promote your bricks and mortar business (or outdoor show booth) that is virtually free – assuming you can draw, use a template or find a great artist friend – check out this inspiration! Dragon sidewalk chart art was at the entrance to an ice cream shop “Treats” and next door happened to be a magic shop “Tricks”.  Maybe you’re a bath shop next to a massage shop? How about island chalk art, bathtub with bubbles and duckies with an arrow to “Rub” and another to “Tub”. The possibilities are endless and Yes as a potential customer this art did get my attention to stop and check it out…didn’t need a trick but did need a treat!

I know you’re thinking this is just and exception and no one really does chalk art for business but big business does…cable channel TBS, Nike, American Medical Association have all used chalk art to promote.

Another bricks and mortar (or show booth) business billboard inspiration is the 101th use for a repurposed picture frame. DIY this picture frame with a mesh backing and add rotating hangers for new and changing merchandise inside!

DIY Picture frame billboard

Creating a business billboard with art? Would luv to see it and share it!

Public Art: Pioneer Square People and Rodents

Public art Pioneer square People art

On a recent trip to Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle, I stumbled on this fab work of public art that really captures the diverse people in this historic area that make it so unique! Luv the stylized look and did you notice the hats? 4 out of 5 people luv their hats – at least from this artist’s perspective! I didn’t see the artist signature on this piece of work so if you know – drop me a note and I’d happily give credit.

Pioneer Square is known for its diversity of everything from people, art galleries, delicious food, great music, to quirky shops, street performers and amazing architecture! One of the first historic areas of Seattle and well worth a visit especially if you can make it to the First Thursday Art Walk. Put Occidental Square on your day trip itinerary which always has unique rotating public art too!

Did I mention Pioneer Square was diverse? Here’s another great public art creation by Kate Tesch. Furry rodent meets iron lollipop is my interpretation but likely not the artist. I luv the painting style which make the rodent actually look cute and evil in a crazy hair short of way. Even luv the background which could have easily been a single boring color but is instead mixed color blocks adding great depth. Would I have it in on my wall? It’d be a great conversation starter if I did!

public art pioneer square kate tesch

 

Sometime side streets and alleys have the best surprises for public art!

Public Art: Trompe l’oeil Bakery Window

Public Art trompe l'oeil window

 

I luv this public art trompe l’oeil bakery window on the outside of a restaurant building! It couldn’t be more perfect with the real tree hanging across the top and the bench just outside where you’d be hanging out waiting for someone to call you in for fresh baked pie!

I’m not usually a fan of trompe l’oeil painting style, especially when I’ve seen them inside homes. Generally, it looks so fake I just can’t even make the mental leap.

Trompe l’oeil style works best when all the elements around the painting work with it to keep up the illusion. Here’s some other great pieces that have all the elements working together to make you a believer in magic (click on the photos to link to their source)!
Tufted velvet wallpaper for a headboard wallTromp l'oeil tufted velvet wallpaper

Trompe l’oeil plates on the wall
Trompe l'oeil plates on the wall

 

Trompe l’oeil trellis garden
Trompe l'oeil trellis garden

 

Inspired yet!

Recycled Radiator Furniture

Radiator chair

Oh yea! I had to share this awesomeness of a repurposed radiator chair! This is seriously the best use of an old radiator I’ve ever seen. I did try it out and it really needs a cushion or you’ll have some butt lines!  Yep this was at Anthropologie which is why I tend to drop in just for drooling over the cool and unusual.

The radiator chair does have some great design lines and if you thought it was the only use of old radiator parts for lounging here’s another equally cool piece …

Radiator lounge chair

Source: inhabitat.com

So stop covering up your old radiators! Search out a design friend who’ll take your radiators (plus and a few others) and whip you up one of these treasures!

P.S. I wouldn’t even be crazy enough to suggest this as a DIY project for the average bear but let me know if you try it!

 

Public Art: Look High and Low

public art funk zone sticker tie guy

Sometimes you just don’t know where you’ll find public art and the story behind it! Wall murals or manhole covers are pretty easy to spot, but sometimes you have to look high and low to see unexpected public art! This makes it a pretty fun scavenger hunt since you don’t know what your hunting for if you’ll actually find anything at all!

Found this interesting tie guy, that’s at least what I call him, up high on a fence post in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone.

A block later, I found the same looking tie guy on the sidewalk

public art funk zone sidewalk tie guy

 

Here’s my completely made up titles for the random public art of tie guy:

  • Can’t bear to look…I’m wearing a freakin’ tie! No one wears ties!
  • X and O….please I need a kiss and a hug right there and there
  • Luvin’ the new tic- tac- toe lab coat!

Yea maybe I’m luving public art too much and this was just a random act of line drawing…no story and no plan to make it art.  That’s ok I’ll take art where ever it’s found just because it makes life a little more interesting!

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?”
~Pablo Picasso

Enjoy your spare time wandering across random art!

 

Public Art: Cargo train becomes travelling art gallery

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Yes this is cool!  And I really hope I get to see it before it is packed up. What is it?….a moving art gallery both inside and out. Look it up, check it out and see if it’s in your hood!

“In September 2013, a train will travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Activating the cultural landscape, Station to Station will connect artists, musicians and creative pioneers. For a short time, the most interesting place in the country will be a moving target.”

Enjoy some seriously cool public art and well worth making time to see it!

Public Art: Minneapolis the City of Art

Downtown Minneapolis Public Art Mural Truman

Yes lots of cities say they have art but most are tucked away inside buildings, require special lighting, glass and temperature and can only be admired by those with bucks in their pockets. What if you could walk a city, a city like downtown Minneapolis and be surrounded by a city of art!

I feel fairly well-traveled but I don’t think I’ve visited a city with such great public art! So much public art you don’t need a map because there’s something on every block – or at least it seems like it to a visitor like me.  Minneapolis definitely celebrates what appears to be a vibrant art community and a luv for their city! Everything from the amazing mural above by Adam Turman and his iconic Minnesota girl doing what she luv’s every season to the 70 manhole covers with local flora and fauna. Yes, there’s poetry too and bronze shadows in the sidewalk.  If you’re nearby at the Convention center, you can’t miss what I call the river float bench with a bronze version of an inflatable raft for a bench seat and fish beneath.

In case you’re wondering how I find this fab public art? I do my usual bit getting the most out of my time in a new city which means, getting up a bit earlier (30 minutes) for a short run to check the sites and getting out to walk after a working day to grab a bite.  Yes you could sleep more and I’ll sleep more when I’m dead, but for now I’m planning to get the most out of any new city I visit even if I’m there to work!

P.S. After a walk for dinner, I’d definitely suggest a walk to the local handmade ice cream shop Sebastian Joe’s.  You feel a bit better eating their amazing small batch ice cream if you can walk it off heading back to your hotel or your home!  They also have local art for sale on their walls too!

Enjoy your time exploring a new city even if it’s your own!

You might like these public art explorations too…

Seattle, WA Public Transporation Art

Duvall, WA Public Transportation Art

Santa Barbara, CA Funk Zone Mural

Public Art: Minneapolis Utility Box Art

Minneapolis Utility Box Public Art Wine

You likely know from my blog I’m a fan of public art and that includes utility boxes. I try to hunt it down or just be surprised whenever I find it! Recently in Minneapolis, Minnesota I stumbled on a series of utility box public art along Hennepin Avenue. Forgive the quality of the photos since I was only armed with my phone camera on this walk.

Fabulous art based on interpreting the famous speech on the Seven Ages of Man from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” .  No I didn’t know this speech already either, but once you read it or hear it the utility box public art takes on a whole new meaning besides just great art! This was a joint project between the Hennepin Theatre and City of Minneapolis.

Always great to see a city bring color and imagination to what would normally be unattractive boxes just begging for random graffiti.  I have to say I was pretty impressed with downtown Minneapolis. It has an amazing amount of public art, great outdoor dining, fabulous local farm foods and a walking friendly downtown! Luv it -except that living in Southern California I’m not sure I’d survive the winter weather – heck I barely survive Pacific Northwest weather.

If you get a chance to visit well worth staying in downtown!