The first book to focus on the new trend in graffiti and street art: permanent murals on a gigantic scale
Once upon a time, illegal graffiti and street art were modest in scale, rapidly created in hours or even minutes and destroyed just as quickly by authorities, vandals, or the weather. Now, alternatively, architects, urban planners, and development companies have begun to fortify the creation of large murals, allowing street artists and graffiti artists to make carefully planned, more permanent works, now and again covering entire buildings, and adding a whole new visual dimension to the world’s cities.
For this spectacular volume, Claudia Walde, whose own up to date 1,800-square-foot, brilliantly colored mural on the Alte Messe, Leipzig, used to be created in just one grueling week of work, has selected more than 200 of the best XXL mural works from world wide and profiled thirty artists who pioneered this trend. Working in dangerous conditions, hundreds of yards above the ground, yet all the time keenly aware of the viewer’s perspective from street level, these new street muralists are as fearless and technically skilled as they are brilliant and creative.
With exclusive observation from the practitioners in addition to detailed information about their planning, methods, challenges, and inspirations, Mural XXL also includes a map identifying exciting murals world wide. 275 color illustrations