Street Artists Use Moscow as Canvas
Two of the world's most influential contemporary street artists, Spanish art collective Escif and the Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra, have been given carte blanche to use two Moscow walls as their canvases, as part of the “Best City On Earth” Festival organized by Moscow's city hall.
The work of Spanish art collective Escif comments upon the challenges of modern life, touching upon issues like consumerism, vandalism and environmental degradation. The artists also live by their own principles, avoiding public appearances because they consider them an act of vanity and commercial greed, and choosing to solely communicate through their street murals instead.
Their mural “The Hand” is on display at Zvonarsky Pereulok 5, near Trubnaya metro station.
Sao Paulo-based artist Eduardo Kobra combines strikingly realistic images with the use of bold color graphics to create easily recognizable yet abstract images that turn otherwise ordinary city walls into works of art.
"I want to do something related to Moscow's culture," the artist said about his mural “Ballerina”, which features legendary ballet dancer Maya Plesetskaya, right next to the Bolshoi Theatre.
"Ballerina" is on public display at Ulitsa Bolshaya Dmitrovka 16, a short walk from Pushkinskaya metro station.
Photos courtesy of The Best City on Earth festival