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L.A. Hack: The Time An Artist Installed a Sign Over The State Highway and It Stayed Up There for 8 Years

Truly one of the greatest stories in the history of Los Angeles is that of Richard Ankrom and his quest to install a freeway sign that made the lives of L.A. drivers just a little bit easier.

It began more than a decade ago when Ankrom moved to downtown Los Angeles and took notice of a curious omission on the 110 Freeway. The I-5 exit, Ankrom saw, wasn’t indicated on the green overhead sign that directed drivers as the freeway split between the 5, 110, and 101. Whether intentional or not, it was clear that the California Department of Transportation (known as Caltrans) had made a mistake.

Ankrom, an artist and sign painter by trade, decided to make it his personal mission to fix the error, install the correct sign,  and do us all what he would later call an act of “guerrilla public service.”

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Graffiti KingPins & Time-lapse Brilliance

Just in case any of you on IndieStreet haven't seen Sofles-Limitless, here it is. Street Creds all around to the Ironlak team, photos from Selina Miles, and the talented street art of Sofles, Fintam Magee, Treas and Quench.

Featured Street Artist: Buff Diss (Melbourne, Australia)

"A derelict building is an eyesore to some, but an incredible canvas to others" -Buff Diss, Australian masking tape street artist. This photo is one of our favorites from buff Diss, entitled "Sustenance". His flickr page highlighting his non-destructive graffiti gets enormous street creds from the IndieStreet team.

We love this one from Prague in 2013!  On his tumblr page he writes, "globalization spares nothing and no one, not even those who have nothing. “ Fra.Biancoshock is a street artist who lives and breathes his "Ephemeralism" in Milan Italy. His urban art projects expose the permanence of a great idea or experience, while accepting the brevity of their own physical existence in space. It all may sound complicated, but just check out his work! Most of it will provoke something inside of you. If it doesn't than it wasn't meant to. Visit Fra.Biancoshock website here

 

Today's we feature Pejac, a brilliant street artist from Spain who blends together monochromatic surrealism with human commentary.  Pejac is a versatile sculptor and painter with many amazing works that can be seen on his Facebook page, but here we have some of Indie Street's favorites:

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Featured Street Artist: Eduardo Kobra

Time Lapse photography seems to be most effective when documenting art of grand scales. Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra painted this mural of Lincoln in Kentucky last year. Kobra is a famous artist in Brazil and is becoming more and more relevant in the worldwide scene. Our favorite story of Kobra, is how a Brazilian judge who was sentencing him for vandalism liked his work so much that he made him create a mural for the local police gallery as a part of his punishment. Street Creds all around. Check out Eduardo Kobra Street Art Website. Social Media wise, he seems to be most actively posting new material on his Facebook page.

DaLeast: Street Art Royalty

DaLeast has one of the most unique styles in the street art community, check that, the world. He is a Chinese born artist that lives and works in Cape Town and his art has blessed the concrete canvas of countless countries around the world. He is married to the respected street artist Faith47, making quite the inspirational creative power couple. Visit his website here or follow him on instagram here

Twin brothers and Brazilian artists Octavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, known together as Os Gemeos, just finished their latest project – a colossal mural covering six industrial silos on Granville Island in Vancouver, Canada. The mural, which is part of the Vancouver Biennale, depicts six vividly colored 70 foot (23 meter) tall characters. The six silos are wrapped all the way around,giving it a total area of 23,500 square feet (7,200 sq meters). The twin brothers took almost the whole month to finish the piece – the grandest one of their career so far. These cartoonish giants are also a part of Os Gemeos’ on-going “Giants” mural project, parts of which have already brought life and color to many other major cities around the world.