Oakoak’s Street Art Interventions Are Playful And Smart Narratives

| Art and design | January 8, 2013

Oakoak Street Art Interventions Playful

Oakoak‘s street art interventions are simple, playful and smart, exactly what you want to see when you’re ambling around the city in need of a smile, a laugh. Based in the French city of St. Etienne Oakoak has spent a number of years  – after finishing his day job as a pen pusher – transforming the urban landscape into a narrative playground using stencils, paint and the odd adhesive superhero or cartoon such as Spiderman, Angry Birds and Calvin and Hobbes – my type of guy.

Here’s what he has to say about what he gets up to under the cover of darkness after his day job is finished:

I like this city, her atmosphere and I wanted it to look nicer. It was an industrial city with many coal mines; now it’s in regeneration and still quite poor. But it’s easily travelled by foot with awkward aspects ideal for art. I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realise them.

Only in France – it seems awash with artists who want to make their cities a better, brighter, more human space. They should come over to Ireland and teach us a thing or two.

 

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