Here at less, we are fans of a lot of uncommissioned public art, namely the kind that 1) makes you smile 2) makes you admire how well it is made and 3) makes you glad no damage was done in providing you with this unexpected smile. The category of u.p.a. that succeeds most often on all three scores is the kind that people stick on walls with paste. Like this swell white rabbit.
As you can see he’s just a little guy on the run caught in full motion on a nice blue/grey wall, found here
Here’s a white dog or doggish creature stuck on a wall in a lavatory in Melbourne, where quality public art of the non-commissioned kind seems to thrive. This colour spewing critter is the invention of an artist named Ghost Patrol, who is said to be one of Melbourne’s most prominent artists. See here.
According to the internet, at least, the top spots for really good stick-on art are Australia (Melbourne and Fremantle) and England (Bristol and London)
This fine little two dimensional shamrock green dachshund lives in London. He was spotted by the keen-eyed, generous, prolific photographer mermaid99, bless her heart. Find the pooch and much much more from the mermaid here.
Looking for the uni-coloured dachshund is this colourful kitty, another mermaid 99 find in London here.
pretty weird squidman in Mexico City.
And here’s a lovely bird, a swallow stuck up in Rye, East Sussex England. The artist goes by De Wilde when he’s outdoors. See this fine woodcut and more here
The finders of this paste up, called “Hello Stranger”, on a lamp post in North Oakland CA, are Alex and Allison who rightly point out that it is equal parts pretty and sinister, as all good childrens’ tales should be, we think.
This is just swell, another one from Melbourne. Thanks to we heart it
Why is it that “Steve” is the perfect name for this little white dino? Go here to meet Steve and other Fremantle sights.
These two bandits are having a lot more fun than Bonnie and Clyde. Found here at a site called Oakown Art (“an exposé of cool public art & culture in and around oakland, california”). The artist goes by “Get Up”.
Below, three finds of our own in Paris, 2011.
On this one old wall you’ll find a white paste up figure of indeterminate species grasping maybe a large slice of pizza and a coffee (?), a nifty green octopus attacking…Popeye (?), and a whole bunch of tulips. Also way at the top, a space invader.
And here’s a dapper masked fellow with a rosy fleur for his sweetheart.
And here is another sweet little space invader eyeing/protecting a sweet little cafe.
Space Invader is all over Paris (and quite a few other places too). These are also stick-up art but made of ceramic tile not paper so they last and last. They have become part of the fabric of Paris, not a poke in the eye, but an unexpected treat for those who love the sight of children at play without supervision. This image from here
Let’s give London the last smile:
Again thanks to mermaid99 for this fox. Find it here. The artist is Surianii.