30 Aug '13, 8pm

Street artist makes city trash into fantastic creatures

Street artist makes city trash into fantastic creatures

Spanish artist Francisco de Pájaro doesn’t see rubbish as an urban blight — for him, it’s a canvas. De Pájaro transforms old cardboard, garbage bags, discarded furniture, and other refuse into weird human forms and fantastical creatures. It’s probably the most beautiful trash you’ll ever see. De Pájaro is currently exhibiting in London, both inside a gallery and out on the streets. Most of his earlier work is more hurried and slapdash than the curated London pieces, because he had to work fast enough to avoid the cops. But he originally moved into doing trash art specifically to get around street art laws: Rubbish is the only legal place you can make art on the street. There was a law in 2006 in Barcelona which outlawed painting on the street, suddenly all of the freedom was eliminated – all the best artists from Barcelona left. I couldn’t paint on the floor, on the walls,...

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