“Paint, paste, and stencil-wielding creative types who use the urban fabric as their canvas are having a heyday,” recently reported Jordan Kuskins of GIZMODO. “Folks like Shephard Fairey, Bansky, and a whole host of others have had feature films, major gallery shows, and endless internet posts chronicling—and celebrating—their efforts. These still-illicit works often only exist as 2D forms on walls, gracing the sides of buildings, billboards, or any flat space in the concrete jungle.”
Brussels-based artist David Mesguich’s installations bring a new dimension to unauthorized public art. The artist’s inspiration came from the decade he spent ‘trespassing with graffiti,’ ‘3D real-time arcade games,’ and family links to gangs and organized crime. (Mesguich now does talks at French jails and collaborates with prisoners to realize site-specific pieces.)
After being shown for week at La Friche de la Belle de Mai in Marseille, France, and with support from Backside Gallery (Marseille, France), Mesguich brought his sculpture to the city streets to see how it would interact in an urban environment.