18 Nov '11, 10am

Guerrilla bike lanes and asphalt devils: Remaking the streets with protest art

Guerrilla bike lanes and asphalt devils: Remaking the streets with protest art

Photo: c/o Peter Gibson When Peter Gibson first set out with spray paint and stencils into the streets of Montreal, he had protest on his mind, not art. He had little sense that his small act of sabotage would usher him into the boundary-pushing realm of street art -- or land him in the back of a police car, facing serious criminal charges. It was just after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and Gibson, a university-trained pianist who was 27 at the time, watched as the U.S. and its allies searched for an object on which to inflict their revenge. "Everybody was rattling sabers, getting ready to go to war," he says. "But there was a disconnect between our way of life and consumerism -- and oil in particular -- and the effects that they were having around the world." For Gibson, the connections were clear: It was our passive acceptance of car culture that had gott...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-11-17-guerrilla-bike-la...

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