Monday, January 16, 2012

Decay (LI) - VHILS



Alcântara, Lisbon

VHILS is the tag name of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto. His carving works can be seen in several cities in Europe and the Americas. I've previously posted one in London on my travel blog. By the way, the tagging on the wall has nothing to do with VHILS' work.
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For murals around the world check Carolyn's Monday Mural

29 comments:

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Very creative !

Sharon said...

The face on the side of this building is beautifully done to work with the decay.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I love the way they've worked the face into the pattern of the decay JM, I think the graffiti is a distraction though! Fantastic find .

Olivier said...

cette creation est tres belle, j'adore

Sylvia K said...

I agree with Perth, I, too, love the way the face has been worked into the pattern. But, of course, the graffiti is certainly a distraction. And, yes, you do find the great ones, JM! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Kate said...

Not for a minute did I think that the tagging was part of Farto's work! Graffiti is ALWAYS a distraction!!

Carolina Tavares said...

Muito interessante a forma de expressão, e o teu olhar, onde nada escapa.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

How clever of him to carve away the plaster to make this mural portrait. One wonders what the window to his mind would reveal. I love this series of yours. Although it's sad too to see the decay of so many beautiful buildings.

Julie said...

I, too, love the creative mind that has led to this method of street art. And this particular portrait is most elegant.

Unlike the others, I find this example of tagging to be elegant too, and to have paid a certain amount of respect to VHILS' work. Maybe just a little lower with the Right Hand tag would have been more respectful. Now to go over and look at the Bernie Made-Off portrait. Did you know that Carolyn from Oakland has just started a Monday Mural meme. This would be ideal as a contribution, Jose. Opens 8pm Sunday Pacific Time (-8 GMT).

Gine said...

Extraordinaire et fascinant ...

Lowell said...

Mr. Farto is a very creative person...who would think of that and then be able to pull it off? The tagging certainly diminishes the effect, though!

Jack said...

The carved portrait is excellent, but it is jarring and disappointing to see the lack of respect that the taggers have by defacing it.

Dina said...

Now this one I like! In fact I love it.

Woody said...

I think the carving is extraordinary!

I am also very fond of tagging or as we call it, graffiti. I think it's an art form able to stand on it's own.

Combined, you have captured a special treat for my eyes!

RedPat said...

Artistic decay! Thanks for showing it JM.

magiceye said...

amazing work!!

Stickup Artist said...

I'm in love! That's by far the best modern art piece I've seen in I don't know how long.

Randy said...

That is awesome!

Dorian Susan said...

That is the most unique street art I've seen....love it. It's like sculpture and drawing combined. Wow.

Halcyon said...

A new look at decay! I like it.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Thanks for linking to Monday Mural. I'm honored.

Gemma Wiseman said...

A fascinating mural style! Almost as if the artist predicted how weathering could enhance his work! Really beautiful!

ladyfi said...

That face is just wonderful! Good capture.

Joan Elizabeth said...

This is wonderful. A very special take on decay.

VP said...

He is good, but the idea of somebody around carving facades is not reassuring...

Lois said...

Amazing expression in that face. Wonderful shot JM!

cieldequimper said...

I like a lot!

T. Becque said...

Love your composition of this.

SKIZO said...

Wonderful Picture