Personal – Colors & Stairs

For the project ‘City’ I start looking up graffiti and street art. The deeper I go into my research I find myself concentrating on a color within a city. I am a person who likes color and I believe Cardiff doesn’t have much to offer in that matter, perhaps that is the reason graffiti in Cardiff attracts my eye a lot.
Looking at Brazil – Rio De Janeiro which is colourful as a rainbow in one part of the city. Dutch artists Haas&Hahn have done a project in 2010 and turned the city into a ‘drop of happiness’

Another perfect colorful location is Italy looking at Cinque Terry is seem to be very bright place.

Those cities a perfect example that there is more to a city than just dull colors and plain streets or buildings.
Personally for me color lifts my mood so it is a shame Cardiff does not have that yet. Perhaps a lot of people are not brave enough to paint their house blue, red or yellow, but perhaps there is different ways to bring color to the city.
Public staircase

Public staircase

Wouldn’t be great to travel in and out of work and walk these steps everyday? For sure that would make my day a little brighter.

Well this is definitely my favorite stair case. Absolutely love the pattern, it gives me this great Mexican feeling and the color are fantastic so bright and playful.
The only down point having painted public staircases is that in time the color fades and it is either got to be paint over or done again.
Many countries came up with a brilliant solution and start doing mosaics on the stairs instead of just painting it. It also look a lot more aesthetic and takes a lot more skill to create such an art pieces.

I find this mind blowing. It is so detailed and colorful must have been very time consuming and a challenge of a patience. Defiantly worth it at the end, I am sure San Francisco community haven’t been left disappointed.

Bright colored, attractive staircase in San Francisco, would make anyone to ditch the elevator and choose the stairs anytime of the day. These tiled steps are the longest mosaic stairs so far and were designed and made by Irish ceramicist Aileen Barr and San Francisco mosaic artist Colette Crutcher. The Tiled steps has got 163 steps which reach 82’ of height, staircase elements over 2000 handmade tiles and 75,000 fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass. Over 300 community volunteers engaged for over a two and a half year period to finally finish this project in 2005.

Also this stairway left an impression on me. I really like the sun set feel to it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find out much about the image or the staircase itself. It is definitely beautiful to look at and I just had to share it.

Doing research on color and different work of other artist to get inspiration i come across Hungary-born artist Gábor Miklós Szőke. He builds large scale sculptures out of wooden slats of various sizes and screwing them together. I particullar like Szőke work because he use color or if not color then different color lighting to make Budapest prettier.

rocking horse
gabor miklos szoke tiger
gabor miklos szoke lights
Inga Hamilton – Inga makes jellies and other marine organisms from recycled packaging materials like the tubular foam that is packed around bicycles, used soda bottles, old strapping tape and any other colorful plastic waste. She also makes the most incredible crochet coral mounds.


Another piece by Margaret and Christine Wertheim that insiped my and attracted me by its colors was this coral reef with is put togerther out of nitted pieces.

Margaret and Christine Wertheim

Margaret and Christine Wertheim


Personal – Ideas for Field Project

For this term our project is called ‘City’ which is once again very broad subject. I have decided to look at Cardiff City as this is where I spend my most free time. It is hard not to notice that Cardiff is very green city with loads of parks, fields and rivers. Roath park is definitely one of my favorite places to spend my time in summer as city can get a bit ‘full on’ at times and over there on a boat I can forget the pressure of the city lifestyle.
Thinking about all the green places in Cardiff led me to the subject ‘sustainability within a city. What else can be done to sustain green city and improve ecological system?
I went for a little tour around Cardiff, not too far from my university as I needed some Cardiff photos that inspire me and back up my research.
I walked up city road and found this very artistic street, walls were covered in graffiti and street art. Unfortunately that wasn’t the only thing that was covering the street, clutter, rubbish and forgotten people furniture. No street lights or bins were present but certainly did not lack of pigeons. Couple skips were there too but looked rather untouched and unused. Considering I went there around 11 am it still felt rather unsafe and nerve wracking in case someone ‘jumps’ me. That made me wonder what would it feel like at night when it gets dark as there are no street lighting?
Northcote Street
So I come up with the conclusion the street lights are necessary there. In my opinion solar lighting would be the perfect solution for it, but on the other hand would it go with the streets atmosphere, it might just look odd.

Solar lighting can be pretty big and not exactly very attractive to the eye. I looked up on Internet to see the options available and possible possibility to have hiden but still very efective lighting without creating all the attention to it and in brace the graffiti on the walls that is hidden away specially at night.

So I found this great design by Johgoh Lee that imitates the leafs and is hidden between nature but still have most similar effect than any other street/park light.
Design like that would be perfect in parks or walk paths where are a lot of trees and greens, unfortunately that is not the case in the street I’m looking at.
So stopped myself and start thinking how can I keep the same principal of the light that Johgoh Lee design and create something more appealing to my project.
Graffiti! – nothing else going to perfectly blend in with graffiti than graffiti itself.

I am not very good drawer or painter in that matter, but to understand it, embrace it and get ideas the best place to start is looking up for graffiti art.