Painting Nostalgia: Public Murals Recreate A City That No Longer Exists
April 6, 2016
“My work nowadays is based on the use of old images of the cities I am painting. I visit museums, check the books and from there I come up with some images from the 20s or the 30s that show the architecture of the city. The idea of the murals is to recreate a city that no longer exists, so people who didn’t live in that time can see it and those who did live back then can have a moment of memory or nostalgia.” – Eduardo Kobra
Whenever I visit a town, I find myself seeking out neighborhoods with street art. I love how these communities are being changed with creativity, in my view made to look more beautiful. The artists make the cities their canvas. I explored two such cities recently on a Florida trip, Sarasota and Gainesville. First up, Sarasota.
The famous artist Eduardo Kobra, quoted above about his process of finding old photographs and painting them on present buildings, also painted the car you see above in Sarasota. His recreation of the famous 1945 photo that marked the end of World War II, below in Chelsea is absolutely my favorite mural in New York City, I blogged about it and others here. Well, it was my favorite until I was walking on the High Line last month and realized that this surface is bare. Nada. Nothing there. How could they? I hope they are planning to add more art work.
For more information on street art in Gainesville, Florida you may learn something from these links:
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All photographs are taken by me, unless I have noted otherwise in the caption. I use my Canon 5D III and the iPhone 6+.
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