Montreal’s legendary winter is getting colder by the minute, so we decided to do like the ‘Snowbirds’ and travel south, all the way to sunny and warm Miami. This will be our second consecutive visit to the famous and crowded Miami Art Basel, and since last year, have been counting the days till now.
We are extremely glad to partner with Primary Flight and EN MASSE for the creation of a mural on one of the Miami design district’s desired walls. Six artists from Montreal have joined forces with several other artists from all over the United States to create this impressive urban canvas. SAFEWALLS will be bringing you a day by day report of what’s going on…stay tuned!
Artists are (subject to grow): Jason Botkin, Rupert Bottenberg, Fred Caron, Melissa Del Pinto, Chris Dyer, Beeforeo, Beau Stanton, Shark Toof, Mike Maxwell, Elle, Lindsay Carron, Ian Ross, Amanda Sage, Alex Sasoque, Marc PaperScissor, Nobody and many more to come.
The Final touch
Ian Ross’s black-and-white streaks and flares connect with the EM mayhem… let the blending begin! Elle, Lindsay Carron and others jump in while a steady stream of passersby shower the team with accolades (local residents, the ones who will have to live with the EM work day in day out, are among the most enthusiastic). Visionary art luminaries Amanda Sage and Alex Sasoque add some freaky fill-ins. The wall an NW 24 st. at NW Miami Ave. is finally wrapped up… or is it?
You just can’t stop some people. The EM team spins by the wall, only to find Ian Ross and Marc PaperScissor still at it, adding extra touches down onto the sidewalk. Miami cop Officer Hernandez crosses by to tell the team that a pretty rough street he’s worked for years will never be the same, thanks to EM. Totalling the tally at 21 artists, NYC graf icon Nobody drives by, leaps from his car and adds a final element… putting the baby to bed.
A space cat lady, a two-faced fellow, a giant hand, big birds and explosive flowers are the first elements to appear on our freshly primed wall. Beau Stanton pastes patterns and Overunder startles with his distinctive can-generated linework. Facebook’s resident art king Ian Ross has chosen black and white for his own mural, with connects at the corner to the En Masse jam.
Pushing 2 x 20 foot scaffolding towers through the streets of the Wynwood District, priming over a 20′ x 30′ wall covered by local graf artists, get insulted by one of these graf artists, cut a deal with law enforcement, have the cop bring a kid to paint with us, getting bunch of kids out of trouble with the law, and having our white wall all tagged again by midnight. Welcome to Miami, that strange city !
Photo credit: Fred Caron, Andre Bathalon
Texts: Rupert Bottenberg