Art Historical Figures as Unexpected Street Art Collages Around the World

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Artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca transports art historical figures to modern-day settings, pasting them to brick walls and urban corners to create an unexpected street-art collage. He chooses to wheatpaste the figures in the same cities as the museums they hail from. And to complete his vision, he invites viewers to take photos of the ancient subjects and “free” them into the world.

“This perennial trace is the object of limited edition and traditional exhibitions,” he writes on his website. Some of the figures are inconspicuous, hidden behind rubble and overgrowth, while others are massive. According to This is Coloassal, De Casabianca was recently invited by the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville, Florida to wheatpaste a young girl in a bonnet that stood two-stories tall.

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Image credit: Julien de Casabianca

Image credit: Julien de Casabianca

Image credit: Julien de Casabianca

Image credit: Julien de Casabianca

Image credit: Julien de Casabianca

Image credit: Julien de Casabianca

Image credit: Julien de Casabianca

Image credit: Julien de Casabianca

Image credit: Julien de Casabianca

Image credit: Julien de Casabianca