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!
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.