Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sneaker Pimp Pop Wall

The Sunday Arts Program on ABC TV is inviting people to submit photos to their website for inclusion in their online art gallery. They are specifically seeking photos of public art in your community. Submissions are not restricted to Australian residents only. Public art from all over the globe is welcome. So if you have some interesting public art where you live why not take a photo, upload it and share. Or you may already have some photos of public art that you’ve taken while visiting other areas, so you could upload those. There is a lot of ‘commissioned’ public art around Brisbane but much of it doesn’t appeal to me. I often find the ‘non-commissioned’ public art more interesting. I took this photo of some stencil art I found in New Farm a while back & just uploaded it.


You probably can’t make out the Andy Warhol quote, but it’s one of my favourites of his. “Art is what you can get away with”...and it is indeed Andy!

I'd like to wish you American folk a very happy Independence Day!


Enjoy your 4th of July celebrations, whether it be BBQs in the backyard with friends & family or bikini-clad frolicking in the ocean while twirling pretty polka dot umbrellas. Have fun & stay safe!

26 comments:

Ali said...

love that quote from Andy - he had a lot to say and some of it was so spot on!! That's a great little segment of public art too - very 'iconic'!

thetinylittlegirl said...

love that stencil art!

and the andy warhol quote is great, such an inspiring thing for someone to stencil on a public wall.

High Desert Diva said...

Looks like that will be an interesting online gallery. Most of the public art I've seen in the town closest to me has been large, bronze and equine. Not my cup of tea.

Thanks for the 4th of July wishes. I need to find my polka dot umbrella...

Sarah McBride said...

forgive me for souding completely clueless and stupid here: Public art? Is that Graffiti? Or is it a public wall or structure that people are allowed to paint on??

Lisa B. said...

You always put a smile on my face! I can see me bikini clad with a polka dot umbrella...haha. Interesting quote. Is the stencil art graffiti? I've not notice that being done here. In my little podunk of a town the only art we have is the graffiti on the passing trains. I could send in a picture of that and tell them the latest "traveling art exhibit" didn't stay long enough! It is cool to look at...wondering who the artist is and where they did their work.

Hey Harriet said...

Sarah
You don't sound clueless or stupid. 'Public Art' may go by another name in America. Or it may not even be very popular over there. Public art generally includes community projects, murals, outdoor sculpture etc. It's very big in Brisbane, Queensland & the Queensland government has even set up funding for public art projects to the amount of $12 million dollars. We've gone public art crazy! Graffiti/stencil art is public art in that it is created in a public space to be viewed by the public. It's not generally funded/commissioned & rarely permitted or legal though. It sometimes is, but not often. Hope my wishy-washy attempt at an explanation helps :)

M.Kate said...

Nice art and very interesting post. Our public art are not very exciting...or maybe I was not looking at the right place :)

Sew Bettie said...

how neat. i love the stencil work you found. i was just in nicaragua and there were some really amazing murals - i regret not taking more pictures.

Sandra Ree said...

I find it interesting that someone would actually stencil art onto a public place, (which looks pretty cool) here in the states it's usually their "own" art which is considered graffiti. My take on public art or/and graffiti is exactly the same as Andy Warhol...“Art is what you can get away with”... thanks for posting that Harriet! And thanks for the web link!

Love the 4th of July card ! We're keeping our fingers crossed for some beautiful weather on the 4th!

marin said...

love the andy quote...and the ghostbusters cracks me up :)

bunbun said...

i hve to say, i totally love Andy Warhol!!!!! The street art gallery sounds really cool and I really think I will participate in it. I really believe that street art is so important in a world of everything having a price tag.
I would much rather see someone's expression than plain old concrete. I would love to see in one gallery of it from around the world. We used to read a magazine about street and sticker art, but I cant remember the name. shoot.

happy 4th to you too! we are goin camping!!! yayyayyay!

Marie Louise said...

Thanks for the holiday wish - we'll have lots of fire works this weekend and picnics with potato salad, hot dogs and hamburgers. Great Warhol quote. My "fifteen minutes of fame" - another one of his quotes were when I did a photo shoot for a German client with Andy piggy back on my back. We were in Paris at the time but unfortunately he died three weeks later during surgery. He did have a great philosophy when it came to art.

Victoria said...

Great quote, and wonderful photo compilation idea!
I look forward to seeing what people post.

Thanks so much for the warm wishes over here, and hope you have a lovely weekend in your part of the world!

Kirtida Sundari said...

Our founding fathers didnt declare independence, but we celebrate Australia day in our summer too. funny huh. I think the pics are very cute.
Happy Independence day to you.

Hey Harriet said...

Kirtida
Thanks, but I don't celebrate Independence Day because I too am in Australia :)

Marilyn said...

There is stencil are all over NYC, the most popular is the face of Andre The Giant, I'm still trying to figure that one out.

Rosebud Collection said...

Thank you for your kind wishes..May you have a beautiful weekend..
We may not celebrate the same holiday, but Australia/USA are wonderful friends..and for that, I celebrate..

Aleta said...

Love the quote and like you, I find the public art, non-commissioned type, the most fascinating.

I'll be celebrating the 4th on the roof on a Warehouse condo ~ watching the "Battle of the Barges" in New Orleans. Love to see the Fireworks!

Bec said...

Love that Ghostbuster stencil. I'm off to check out the online gallery now. What a great idea. Oh, I wonder how much Banksy stuff is going to turn up there - I'd love to see some of his stuff in person!

Spitting Image said...

I can't wait to frolic in the ocean with my umbrella tomorrow. I just need to find a bikini that'll fit.

Spitting Image said...

and to answer marilyn, the andre the giant OBEY thing is from the artist Shepard Fairey. He has also done artwork for Guitar Hero and the newest Smashing Pumpkins album.

littlebird said...

i like that warhol quote : )
and the stencil art looks fantastic well spotted.
happy 4th of July !

please sir said...

Oh yes thank god!!

ppdesigns said...

great find with the stencil art!

Elizabeth said...

I will have to look for some public art.
Thank you for your kind Independence Day greetings.......I'm a naturalizes American though international at heart.
Are we still doing Shadow shots?
You can tell I'm running out of Morocco things!
All best wishes

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