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How to transform dull buildings


We’ve seen some amazing examples of how to bring alive a building or area which might otherwise look dull and lifeless – something our UK councils and others in charge of public spaces and buildings could learn a great deal from. We urge them to think more laterally and create inspiring and captivating art works and murals from visionary artists or design teams – and there’s no shortage of those in the UK. Here’s some great examples of how to transform dull buildings into inspiring masterpieces.

Between a pair of apartment buildings in Paris is the jaw dropping Pigalle basketball court. Led by its basketball-fan founder Stéphane Ashpool, french fashion brand Pigalle teamed up with Parisian creative agency ill-studio and NIKE to spice up the site  – and what an inspiring result!

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Pigalle basketball court, Paris

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Pigalle basketball court, Paris


Another fine example is a parking lot in the Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc region of France which has been transformed by Argentinian artist Elian Chali. He has interpreted the architecture of the site as an immersive spatial painting. As with the Pigalle basketball court, this site displays a striking colour palette and the geometric patterns which traverse the walls, ceilings and floors are mesmerising. “This artwork, which uses basic geometry and primary colors, makes use of the architectural factors where it inhabits” says Chali. “Each element adopts a new function and the space becomes a huge sculpture.”

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Elian Chali parking lot

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Parking lot by Elian Chali

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Parking lot by Elian Chali


In Cairo, in the center of the neighborhood often referred to as Garbage City (it’s residents collect, re-purpose and recycle rubbish) is a painted mural that spans more than 50 buildings. Up close, the orange, blue and white swirls are captivating but illegible, but from the mountainside opposite, the artwork all come together as a coherent image of Arabic calligraphy. The massive, anamorphic mural titled “Perception” is the work of eL Seed, a Tunisia-born, Paris-raised street artist known for his distinctive brand of “calligraffiti.” He and a team of 8 hand painted the mural.

Cairo mural transforming dull buildings into inspiring masterpieces

eL Seed’s anamorphic mural in Cairo

 

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El Seed’s Cairo mural