Rebel Art Goes Global


Rebel Art, an intriguing blog by French art critic and curator Alain Bieber (although he also seems to enjoy being confused with teen pop singer Justin Bieber) features a number of “rebel art” projects around the world, often created by well-established artists with MFAs. Given the huge numbers of projects covered by Bieber along with the proliferation of Web sites and blogs dedicated to tracking the work of street artists, designers, and sculptors, it seems rebel art in the vein of Banksy is exploding.

A few interesting projects:

Lucerne Shines: In their “fight against carelessly discarded waste,” street artists The Wa, Mr. Tallon, and Democracy Creative turned 16 bins into games in Lucerne, Switzerland (see image above and two below). The city becomes an “adventure playground.” Here pedestrians can hopscotch their trash into the bin.


Or line up for a throw.

Box: In Cordoba, Argentina, an argentinian artist, Pablo Curutchet, created a massive man out of nearly 900 pounds of cardboard boxes and tape. A dozen volunteers helped construct the project.

Another view shows the scale of the paper walker.


Citylights: Well-known German installation artist Johannes Abendroth, who just showed at the Venice Bienniale, creates subtle “high-compression street washing” art in Paris, Lisbon, and Berlin.


Outside the Planter Boxes: In Toronto, Sean Martindale organized a group of artists and volunteers to creatively reimagine damaged planters found throughout the city. “Through creative interventions, this project highlights some of the neglected city tree planter boxes that line our busy streets. These planters are made ​​of concrete and many are cracked or missing large chunks. Others have been replaced with standardized two-piece boxes. However, some of these are too small for the existing mature trees and their roots, leaving huge gap between the two sides.” One artist, Martin Reis, used lego:


Martindale’s contribution to the series is called “Fragile – Handle with Care.”


Chifumi: Lastly, one group of mysterious street artists, who call themselves “Chifumi,” created these elegant structures and set them within French forests. Little information is found about them online, but they appear to made from either paper or some sort of plastic. 


Image credits: (1-3) Rebel Art, (4-5) Box / Pablo Curutchet, (6) Citylights / Johannes Abendroth, (7) Airport Planter / Martin Reis. Outside the Planter Boxes, (8)  Fragile – Handle with Care / Sean Martindale. Outside the Planter Boxes, (9) Chifumi.

2 thoughts on “Rebel Art Goes Global

  1. faslanyc 07/28/2011 / 4:08 pm

    that cardboard man is awesome

  2. Prosend 08/01/2011 / 8:41 am

    I love the concepts, the street games are cool, but have mixed emotions about the overall use. I think it is great to encourage interest and spontenaity, but I am afraid of a descent into anarchy without regulation of these pieces. Where is the demarcation between graffiti and art? Is it authorization?

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