Author(s): Robert Klanten
Evolving from graffiti and street art, the next quantum leap in artistic work is now hitting public
spaces. This is the first book to document the new movement as well as its interplay with art, architecture,
performance, installation, and activism.
Evolving from graffiti and street art, urban interventions are the next generation of
artwork to hit public space. Using any and all of the components that make up urban
and rural landscapes, these mostly spatial interventions bring art to the masses.
They turn the street into a studio, laboratory, club, and gallery. Modified traffic signs,
swings at bus stops, and images created out of sand or snow challenge us to rediscover
our environment and interact with it in new ways. The work is an intelligent and
critical commentary on the planning, use, and commercialization of public space.
With a rich visual selection of projects and methods, Urban Interventions documents
this new artistic approach to urban art that is currently making a profound
mark on our contemporary visual language. The book shows the growing connections
and interplay of this scene with art, architecture, performance, and installation.
Propagators of urban intervention surprise and provoke with work in cities
including New York and London, but also in countries such as China, Columbia,
and Turkey. Everywhere the work appears it turns public spaces into individual
Urban Interventions is the first book to document these very current, personal art
projects in a comprehensive way.