Cool Globes Boston 2013

Cool Globes: Green Manufacturing

It looks as if giant globes have taken over Boston these past several weeks. From the Esplanade, to Logan Airport, and to other traveled areas all around Boston stand 48 globes decorated to address the matter of climate change.

The public art project “Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet” has come to Boston after originating in Chicago and moving around the country and the world. Artists decorate these globes in different, creative ways with ideas to combat environmental problems. A couple globes are also reserved for decoration by local organizations. The goal is social awareness to the environmental issues of our time and that there is hope for the future.

Founder of the initiative Wendy Abrams states the project came out of the idea of “public art with a purpose.” By forcing people to confront climate change with something fun, the project has been accepted by thousands and grown to a global scale.

Cool Globes: Unity and Strength

Cool Globes: Conserve Water

Cool Globes in Boston

According to The Boston Globe, the exhibit is around until the 15th of October, so make sure to catch as many as possible before they’re gone!

Graffiti on the Bondi Sea Wall

Surfer and Nemo art on the Bondi Sea Wall

With a mural of graffiti on one side and beach on the other, a walk down Sydney’s Bondi Beach is one of culture and unforgettable views. The beach, just east of Sydney, is a popular tourist destination. From one side to the other, it features a long walkway with boutiques, restaurants, lifeguard houses, and the Bondi Pavilion in sight.

The walkway along the beach also houses a mural of spray paint art on the beach’s sea wall. Since the 1950s, spray paint sanctioned by the Waverley Council of New South Wales has been a regular sight.

Now, the Council takes applications for graffiti artists to paint the wall based on individual merit, diversity, and other factors. Over the years, the wall has featured individual and community projects alike. It has depicted surfers, animals, music scenes, and more relating to Bondi’s culture. Each mural is maintained for a minimum of six months before another artist is invited with the exception of two murals: the ANZAC commemorative mural and Bali bombing mural in memory of the Bondi local Chloe.

The walkway is used by both beachgoers and those wanting a scenic route along the beach alike. Visitors have seen the wall change over time and will continue to see it doing so for years to come.

Bondi Beach fish aerosol art

Graffiti of various scenes on the Bondi Sea Wall

Bondi Sea Wall Bali Memorial

8-Bit Graffiti Street Art

The word “graffiti” usually elicits imagery of giant bubble letters on brick walls and sides of trucks. There are a number of graffiti artists, however, who take inspiration from the 8-bit technology of years past. Using a grid style, they create works different from your typical graffiti artist. Their pieces often include media icons from videogames such as the Mario and Pokémon series, as well as movies.

Here are eight examples of great 8-bit graffiti street art:

Boo (Mario franchise) graffiti by Gameboyone.

Haunter (Pokémon franchise) graffiti by Gameboyone.

Mario graffiti (photo by Travis Volk on Flickr).

Warioland 3 graffiti (photo by Tobias Abel on Flickr).

Totoro chalk art by srfive3 on deviantART.

Air Man (Mega Man) graffiti by China-based artist Ano.

Hulk graffiti by China-based artist Ano.

Iron man graffiti by China-based artist Ano.