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BLU. Animating our Walls

Author: Luisa Bernal

Section: LAB

Date: 08.2011

 

Let’s ignore the heat, let’s go for a walk on the streets, let’s forget the air conditioning in museums and take the opportunity to see some committed contemporary art following the footsteps of the artist BLU and his urban interventions. Get ready to travel, because this Italian’s talent has been exhibited nearly all over the world.

Citizens in Bogota, Norway, Madrid, Los Angeles or Lisbon, among many others, have had the opportunity to come across one of his giant murals and reflect upon the specific reality on which Blu centres his focus of attention: corruption, the environment, violence, the financial system… unfortunately, there is a broad spectrum of injustice which this artist is not shy to denounce through his images.

They say Blu even printed 6000 magazines of his illustrations with no other form of explanatory detail, to then hand out for free in Germany with the sole purpose of promoting himself. But if anything has especially helped this original artist’s distribution it has been how accessible the internet has made the videos of his animated murals… In them, the whole city is susceptible to transformation in order to tell us stories; his drawings make the most of and adapt themselves to the shapes of urban elements and refuse and abandoned objects come to life, in movement and sound thanks to the collaboration between Blu and Andrea Martignoni. You never know what new idea will set the script, but it usually Works surprisingly well.

 

COMBO a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis (2 times loop)

 

BIG BANG BIG BOOM -the new wall- painted animation

 

MUTO

 

LETTER A

 

And just like the magazine he self-published in Germany, his well-organised website still has no details, there are no interviews with Blu and a photo shoot with the artist certainly doesn’t seem very feasible, but his fame continues to grow thanks to what he does. Just the way it should be.

 

+ info BLU

 

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