Some city councils get it, others don’t. Tapping the creative talents of street artists, illustrators and graphic designers is an effective and cool way to make bland public spaces, old buildings, bridges and car parks new again, and to freshen up the concrete jungle.
It is also an effective way of keeping graffiti away. Plus it draws attention to the building or structure as “potential” not as something to be hated. Maybe it will even bring a buyer, a new occupant or additional creative ideas about how to revitalize the building? Anything but the current dilapidated state of abandoned spaces!
Street artists and muralists bring with them vibrant and a new perspective that architects or designers may not have. This does not mean that millions need to be spent to upgrade the buildings immediately, all you need is vision, courage, local creative talent and some colorful paint like these perfect examples here. Our subscriber list reads like the Who-is-Who of city councils around the globe. So here’s a challenge to you: You need to step up and change the face of your city. There are way too many ugly, run-down buildings, bridges, tunnels and walkways that can be completely transformed into exciting and fun environments with some creative input.
Contact Access Agency so we can help. - Bill Tikos
Anyone who has ever attempted to master various forms of visual art will attest that watercolor painting usually turns out to be one of the most challenging.
This has not discouraged Cate Parr, a UK-born fashion illustrator, who has managed to capture the ethereal, fleeting and vulnerable qualities of fashion imagery in her watercolors.
There is a dreamy, beautiful undertone, yet the images are not entirely virginal. A darker undertone, beneath the pastelly beauty demands the viewer to look closer, a quality we admire in any image-maker's work. In today's world of a million images a second, it takes a lot to make any of us stop and pause and really see.
Parr's work, which has appeared in both editorial and brand contexts, hasn't been seen in massive formats or super-brand environments yet, but somehow we envision these images appearing in enormous window displays in the world's fashion capitals this coming spring. - Tuija Seipell
The three-dimensional wall art, “I feel good today,” is a result of creative minds coming together. The location: A popular morning coffee and lunch spot, the erste liebe bar in Hamburg (erste liebe means first love in German). The bar’s owners are the video producers at erste liebe film who work right above the bar.
The artist: Niels Bruschke of Santiago Design, who used a Viktor bike from Schindlehauer as the focal point. The partner: Bruschke was asked to do this piece by Two Wheels Good, a bike shop and promoter and creator of urban mobility concepts. Their first location is at Bismarckstrasse and the second one opened this summer at the new bike-loving 25hours Hotel HafenCity.
All of which just proves Oprah Winfrey’s point: “Here’s what my love affair with quotations has taught me: the more you focus on words that uplift you, the more you embody the ideas contained in those words.” - Tuija Seipell
Earlier this year, the angular and colorful illustrations of Star Wars characters by UK-based illustrator and animator Liam Brazier drew everyone's attention.
In addition to the Start Wars characters that in their clunkiness lend themselves to geometric treatments, Brazier has also attacked Superman whose billowing cape and bulging muscles are far less boxy.
What makes Brazier's work even more interesting is that the illustrations are not created in Illustrator using vectors. Instead, he draws each shape with Photoshop's polygonal selection tool and then fills them in with color.
We love these powerful images full of intention and action. We can see them covering an entire wall in a kids' room. Or in our office .- Bill Tikos
New from our favorite French artist - Francoise Nielly
Our story follows a group of Cool Hunters, evolved humans who used to live among regular humans, but as time passed, they infiltrated the global wired infrastructure system and live connected within the technology.
The Cool Hunters have adapted themselves to the challenges of the future. They are faster and more accurate at retrieving and distilling exorbitant amounts of information. As they become one with the machine, they access all and extract the essence of an idea, in mere seconds.
The Cool Hunters are connected to every one of us. They have access to all digital and analog structures. We see a glimpse of this in the first scene, as we watch a Cool Hunter looking through the machine and analyzing every detail of a young couple's life - the architecture and design of their home, their clothes, their possessions, nothing is lost on the Cool Hunters as they scan for nuggets of ideas. They live to share their findings.
Since Samsung’s well-promoted 3D TV projection on the historic Beurs van Berlage building in Amsterdam in May 2010, dozens of brands from Ralph Lauren to Mattel have dabbled in the 3D projection mapping concept. Unfortunately, many of them are not really investing in the creative which is why it all very quickly started to feel and look the same. They’ve gone down as boring and repetitive, just like the hundreds of flash mobs that had no real reason to exist. The fun and surprise factor lasts only for the first few times. The impression copycat attempts leave is boring, not creative, negative. An emotional connection with the brand is essential regardless of the medium. It is still always all about creativity, not the tools. Adidas France is succeeding here with their 3D experience.
The TCH Access Agency is busy taking it even further, planning events such as concerts, fashion shows, movies and circus performances with 3D. The technology is there, but it is the creativity that will evoke the wonder. - Bill Tikos.
This is how you market real estate and take advantage of social media. Draw attention like this fantastic video drew ours! It was created by Tronic Studio in New York, the same team that is busy putting on the finishing touches on the TCH TV video we will be showing here next week!
The real estate in question here is the 57-story luxury residence, 56 Leonard, in Tribeca, designed by the Pritzker-prize winning, Beijing Bird Nest-creating Swiss firm of Herzog & de Meuron. Tronic tapped into their architecture background to envision this video where the elements of each floor fall down from the Manhattan sky and land on the custom-designed sculpture by Anish Kapoor. Absolutely brilliant.- Bill Tikos
Theo Altenberg has been active in so many artistic genres that it seems like a silly simplification to call him a painter.
There is an intriguing drama in his yummy olis-on-cardboard that hints to his other talents. In these seemingly random splashes and smears of mixed oily color, the viewer finds him- or herself looking for scenery, people, recognizable forms.
Whether this was Altenberg’s intention or not is irrelevant. What matters is that it gives us pause. We look. We see.
The 59-year-old Altenberg was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany, and lives in Berlin. He is an actor, singer, painter, photographer, writer, performer.
He’s even played the role of Andy Warhol in a 1991 film, Andy’s Cake, directed by Terese Panoutsopoulos. Most of Altenberg’s work and collaborations have taken place in Europe. - Tuija Seipell