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Art and activism collide across Montréal in playful street interventions by Roadsworth

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#Animals
# Montréal
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# location-specific
# Street art

February 9, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Roadsworth, shared with permission

Zebra crossings turn into perches and bike paths turn into monkey ropes RoadsworthLively street interventions. For decades, the Montréal-based artist (previously) has changed sidewalks, alleys and other public places with largely nature-related projects that are shaped by social problems and environmental crises. Whether it’s a trippy koi pond or a simple yellow spider, the additions turn otherwise dreary streets into unexpected comments.

Over the past several years, Roadsworth has launched major projects for a variety of organizations, including the revitalization of a basketball court for a social housing complex and one for Amnesty International commenting on the horrors of the refugee crisis. Beyond the commissions, he continues guerrilla street art tactics, installing oversized birds, insects, and other animals that are often overlooked.

The artist tells Colossal that these works reflect his “philosophy of public art / street art, which implies a questioning of urban space in general and a request to rethink a city that is more conducive to walking / cycling rather than cars, etc.” The representation of different animals is a playful way of reinventing the concept of urban space. “

Follow the Roadsworth on Instagram keeping up with his site-specific works that combine art and activism.

“Refugee Crisis” (2016)

“Darling Foundry Koi Pond” (2020)

Right: “Tree Top” (2019)

Detail of the “refugee crisis” (2016)

“Nurture vs Nature” (2018)

#Activism
#Animals
# Montréal
# public art
# location-specific
# Street art

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