Well, it will not go "hot topic" (after 10 replies) this way, but you should not call me a "bumper" at least. So here we go with the latest update: 12 more murals have been located from all around the globe as listed below:
Guido van Helten’s stunning portraits at OK Foods’ grain towers in Fort Smith have transformed three mundane agricultural buildings into artistic monuments that celebrate diversity across the ages.
Painted over the course of two weeks in September, prior and during The Unexpected Project: 2016, the triptych sponsored by OK Foods prominently feature a company legend, Gene “Beck” Beckham, and two other locals: Kristina Jones and Edward Paradela. - swtimes.com
In town for the JJ Street Baltic Session 2015, the talent muralist once again created a striking piece of work entitled “Saarepiiga”. As usual, Guido Van Helten painted a beautiful vintage portrait which will surely be enjoyed by the local residents. Take a look at another angle after the break and then check back with us soon for more mural updates from Europe. - streetartnews
This poignant and beautiful street piece is a collaboration with renowned Australian war photographer David Dare Parker which was painted from an image taken during the East Timor crisis in 1999. - streetartnews
No.18. - Stanthorpe (2016.)
The mural depicts Angelo Valiante who turns 100 in November of this year. Mr Valiante was one of the first Italians to settle in Stanthorpe and the work pays homage to the Italian community that have made the region what it is today. After World War 1 soldier settlements were established to the north of the town and during and after World War 11 a considerable number of Italian POWs and migrants settled in the Granite Belt. Of the town’s 15 per cent non-Australian born population 65 per cent are Italian. - more from source:lovelocalnews.com
No.20.: “Lilly Of The Valley” - Kiev, Ukraine (2015.) - /360° Cities photo next to placemark/
Painting on the streets of Kiev, the talented muralist created this beautiful piece of work which is entitled “Lilly Of The Valley”. The concept is based on the poem by Lesya Ukrainka, Ukranian freedom fighter, poet and female activist. As usual, Guido Van Helten creates delicate vintage portraits that have a deeply sentimental quality. - streetartnews
The ... mural painted from images from the archives of the Aboriginal Legal Service, first started in a shopfront in Redfern in 1970 providing free legal advice and services to Indigenous Australians. According to the artist, this was a vital step for Indigenous Australia who continue to fight discrimination to this day. The image relates to the Aboriginal Legal service childcare in Moree and appears as a deeply nostalgic piece with a great sentimental quality rendered through his characteristic watercolour like style. This project was coordinated by Workshop Australia.
... This piece is the first part of a series of walls painted in the harbour of Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar. This small community is the site of the Volcanic Eruptions here in 1973 in which the town and community was nearly abandoned. This painting is based on the image of island local Halla Svavarsdottír sowing new vegetation on the mountain Heimakletti after the eruption in 1976. The image was referenced from local photography archive Sigurgeir ljósmyndari by Sigurgeiri Jónasson. ...
No.25. - Ned Kelly’s nephew - Benalla, Australia (2015.)
...This wall is painted from the image of a boy Ned Kelly’s nephew, standing at the Kelly homestead in Greta West, just outside of Benalla in 1922. The wall in the picture is covered with carved initials. They included K.K., A.S., J.B., N.K., D.K., S.H., carved by Kate, Sherritt, Joe Byrne, Dan & Ned and Steve Hart, The Kelly gang and Family... - more from source: streetartnews
...portrait based on ‘Certificate of Exemption from Dictation Test’, an immigration document of an Afghan Cameleer ‘Said Kabool,’ from Western Australia in 1916.
"Dictation tests were an immigration method designed to keep non-white migrants out of Australia under the immigration restriction act in 1901 (white Australia Policy.) Many Afghans were exempt from these tests however as they existed as the backbone of Western Australian economy, supplying mining towns through the desert with their camel trains. The Afghans also built the first mosques in Australia in the 1860’s and the first Perth mosque in 1905, which was recently vandalised along with 2 other Islamic sites in Perth.
Today people of ‘middle eastern appearance’ are currently promoted in the media as the new portrait of fear, the visual identity of a common enemy utilised to bring unity and implement law. The mention of Islam and Islamist is referred to only in the context of terrorism, a threat to the Australian way of life. This is the new ‘Cultural Racism’ replacing the old (white Australia) kind, where ethnic communities are differentiated as being a ‘threat to the cultural integrity’ of who or what is ‘Australian’ or ‘Un-Australian.’ This Contradiction and ingrained racism persist in the mainstream against our almost entirely migrant backgrounds. Islam in Australia has roots…"–Guido Van Helten
No.29. - portrait of Marina Marchenko - Avdiyivka, Ukraine ATO zone (2016.)
Guido Van Helten, Street Art Project, Art United Us, Avdiyivka, Ukraine. Photo Credit Amos Chapple/RFE/RL ... Australian artist Guido van Helten has just completed a large-scale mural in Avdiyivka, an eastern Ukrainian town in ATO territory (anti-terrorist operation zone), first front line. ... In Mid-April 2014 pro-Russian separatists captured several towns in Donetsk Oblast including Avdiyivka. In July 2014, Ukrainian forces reportedly secured the city from separatists. Ukrainian forces kept control of Avdiyivka, which became a frontline city and is frequently shelled. According to the OSCE the area between Avdiyivka and neighbouring separatist controlled Yasynuvata is one of the hotspots of the War in Donbass, that has killed more than 9,600 people. ... Even though the frontline city is frequently being shelled people still remain and live amongst the conflict. Guido van Helten visited a local school to photograph 73-year-old teacher Marina Marchenko, whom he chose because of the kindness he saw in her eyes from a photograph. ... While working, they heard hundreds of shots every day. The signs of bullets can be seen on the building where they were painting. Bullet proof vests and helmits were worn by the artist and photographers. ... graffitistreet
Work begins on the portrait. Van Helten says he does not intend the work to be a political statement. "Who am I to make a statement about a complex situation like this?.... Honestly though, I reckon if I went to the other side I would see just the same thing, the same kids in the classrooms.... This isn't about good and evil." - Guido van Helten Radio Free Europa
"These people have probably never seen anything like this.... If I can give them something to think about that isn't war -- even for a moment, then it's worth it." - Guido van Helten Radio Free Europa
Need to fix location by this one. It must be in the close neigborhood of the placemark. No StreetView, no GE Photo layer, no 3D Buildings layer help by this time...
Painted for the Draw Out urban arts initiative for Limerick national city of culture 2014. This work was based on a collaborative process with local photographer Gerry Andrews and a photograph from his series of images of the Limerick milk market in the 1970’s. - streetarthub
No.31-34., a 4 pieces set from Glasgow, Scotland. ...the graffiti style murals depict netball, field hockey and rugby sevens which are three of the sports on offer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games which were held in Glasgow. The same artist is responsible for the badminton mural at Wilson Street in the city centre.
April 26., 2016. - 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen. In the early hours of April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine (formerly part of the Soviet Union) exploded. The explosion tore through Chernobyl’s No. 4 reactor, near Pripyat, Ukraine, more than 30 people died and countless others have died from radiation symptoms since.
The Ukraine government evacuated some 135,000 people from the area and the 19-mile exclusion zone around the plant will remain uninhabitable for human habitation for at least 20,000 years!
Today the area is still a ghost town, wildlife has returned, however animals with high levels of cesium-137 in their bodies have been found, stunted trees and conjoined flowers are reminders of the disaster.
To acknowledge the 30th anniversary street artist Guido van Helten went to Chernobyl, Pripyat (the city-ghost, exclusion zone) and never done before, he completed a mural inside a reactor!! This unique project was organised by ArtUnitedUs and curated by Geo Leros, Iryna Kanishcheva, Waone Interesni Kazki, Ilya Sagaidak.
Australian artist Guido Van Helten, working in his photorealistic style, created the painting from a photograph taken by renowned photojournalist Igor Kostin, famous for first documenting the disaster as it happened in 1986 and over time documented its destruction. His brave efforts exposed him to five times the acceptable level of radiation, and he was inflicted by illness related to this exposure. He died in 2015. The work was created with assistance from the Chernobyl district authorities inside disused and unfinished Chernobyl Reactor 5, which was under construction at the time of the accident.
“I wanted to create a work that honoured the sacrifice Igor Kostin made in the documentation of this disaster and for the importance of photojournalism as a medium of sharing of information with the world and in this case, showing the extreme dangers Nuclear energy can have.” - GUIDO VAN HELTEN
Painted on Leith walk in Leith, Edinburgh, Guido van Helten references photographic images sourced from the Scottish national archive, recreating them on a large scale on the long neglected shop front of the Victoria India Rubber Mill. The images represent 2 characters from a play performed at the Edinburgh Festival 1961 entitled the ‘seven deadly sins.’ - streetartnews
No.37. - Grudziadz, Poland (2016.)
...has continued his mission of beautifying the world. This time he painted a mural in Grudziądz, Poland, and the piece is a continuation of his ongoing series of portraying women. He already depicted a young girl, then a grown woman, and here we see an aged one, completing the circle of life. - widewalls
No.38. - Tor Marancia, Rome (2015.)
...was invited by the guys from Big City Life to work on a large mural in the district of Tor Marancia, Rome. This painting is a remix of a photograph by Francesco Paolo Michetti which is entitled “io sarò”. The use of old images has become a recurrent theme in Guido’s work, through the nostalgia and the sentiment community attach to photographs, old stories and people. Images can become distorted, faded or misused over time, they become our mythology. - streetartnews
In August 2015, film director Selina Miles travelled with artist Guido van Helten to Akureyri, a town on the north coast of Iceland, to produce a very unique piece of work. ...to paint one of his portraits onto the side of a working boat, facilitated by the Akureyri Cultural Office.
Guido had wanted to paint a ship for a long time and the ship he paints ‘SÆFFARI’ travels to the small island of Grímsey. It is the only ship that goes there on a regular basis as it transports their produce back to the mainland. As a result, Guido only had two days to complete the painting and worked long hours, starting at 6am and finishing by 10pm with the help of flood lighting.
Guido painted a lady on the side of the ship, wrapped up in a traditional wool jumper, to protect her from the cold Icelandic air. He tried to find something that suited the mood of the sea and the surroundings. The person is unknown and not famous, but the photo touched him in some way that he felt was the right image for the boat.
“I have been working with portrait for a couple of years. Always a thing .. Who and why this person … I am trying to create a sense of identify that relates to the people who live here . People always gravitate to well-known people… But I’m not trying to capture that. People can relate to it in their own way” GUIDO VAN HELTEN
And the Icelandic locals have related to the painting in their own way. People make their own story up and that’s the beauty of the piece. As the boat owner says; “every boat tells a story”. One person sees an Icelandic Mother who has lost her son to the sea and is looking down searching for him, another sees a guiding Angel protecting the ship and the people as it travels through the heavy seas.
Do you remember Pt.2 from the 2nd (mass) update? Now -following Guido's counting- here is Pt.1 from the same settlement. (In kmz folder -attached to original post- these can be find as placemark No.3./Ecatepec..#2 and No.40./Ecatepec..#1)
Created in response to the problem of ‘Feminicidio’ the high rates of Female homicide in the city of Ecatepec, Estado de Mexico. The project was created in collaboration with the Instituto De La Mujer (Institute of Women) which focuses on combatting social issues of Female violence through education, skills and job creation.
Syzygy, I so appreciate the work you are doing on these murals. Guido van Helten (fascinating name!) is brilliant and I wish he would come to my region, there are lots of grain silos to paint! I see there is even one in the unlikely small town of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, USA. Nearly all of his faces show tremendous emotion, wonderful to study and ponder. His statement about Muslim immigrants in Australia (in "Afghan Cameleer Said Kabool") is very moving.
Thanks D! Your very welcome, but it is just "loads of fun..." as you have said before in another thread. ... we are even not out of silos and other possible surfaces around here. (check view opening attachment)
Here comes a short quotation from original The Age article by Peter Barrett - JANUARY 28 2017
Deaf dancer graces new seven-storey mural in Windsor
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture," musician Elvis Costello once said. Half that metaphor took a surprisingly literal form on a Melbourne wall this week. As part of a series of murals recently commissioned by Melbourne Polytechnic, artist Guido van Helten worked with profoundly deaf contemporary dancer Anna Seymour to create a striking seven-storey portrait.
Photo: Wayne Taylor
Guido van Helten's mural in Windsor took five days to transfer to the wall using spray paint, acrylics, paint brushes and a large cherry picker.