Omni Escapes Magazine Escapes Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 18

ART Streetscape Canvases IN THESE FOUR CITIES, STREET ART REIGNS SUPREME AS PUBLIC SPACES ARE TRANSFORMED INTO ART INSTALLATIONS. BY MEGAN EILEEN MCDONOUGH Street art has come a long way in the past several decades. Now part of pop culture thanks to iconic street artists like Banksy, many museums, office spaces and cultural institutions actually provide pub- lic canvases for artists to showcase their works. Below, we’ve rounded up just a few epicenters of the street art movement. FA L L 2 0 1 7 OE3-Art-eV3.indd 18 | 18 | Rye Quartz of The Mural Co. created this street art in San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco has changed radically over the past few decades, and so has the artwork that graces buildings, homes and hidden alleyways. While some long-standing murals have disappeared with new construction, new ones emerge regularly. “Many new murals are still being created and the Mission District and other neighborhoods continue to have vibrant colors splashed across many walls,” says Rye Quartz of The Mural Co., a well-known graf- fiti artist. At the same time, technology companies are commissioning Quartz and other notable local artists to brighten up their office spaces. “Everyone wants to have amazing, unique, custom spaces, and original mural installations are perfect for enhancing these spaces.” For Quartz, who just finished three back-to-back projects, bookings are busier than ever. “For me, it is important that the artwork speaks to the local environment (interior or exterior), which in turn always inspires the piece,” he says in regard to his most recent mural in the Mission District. ESCAPES 9/29/17 3:21 PM Boros NEW YORK CITY Perhaps the most iconic city for street art, New York City-based talent has never felt the need to follow the rules. However, as more projects and venues are now encouraging the medium, no rules need to be broken. The Welling Court Mural Project in Queens and the Houston Bowery Wall in Manhattan dedi- cate space to the craft. As a result, they attract art lovers from around the world. Social media has also played a role in increasing the city’s street art status. “Over the last 10 years I’ve seen the growth of street art connecting with a global community through social media, and collectives emergin