Apathy is the ultimate sin. Today’s portable street art is attempting to drive that point home in a parking lot in Leawood, Kansas. Yes, the parking lot is found in a state that is SO red, that presidential candidates don’t even bother campaigning here. Regardless of our political leanings, it is still our prerogative to vote.
Portable street art is a new and evolving experiment, which now includes little wooden paintings. Why? The person who decided to pick it up was hopefully amused by their new find. That is why. This one was made with spray paint and was left outside of a new event space in Kansas City called, “The Guild”.
This portable street art is a diversion from the traditional fried eggs scattered around. This was creating using spray paint on a small wooden 3×3 canvas. It was places in front of a fabulous general store in downtown Overland Park, Kansas. It was placed conspicuously for someone to admire and take home. Is there such thing as a free lunch? YES.
This fried egg is was placed in downtown Kansas City in the Crossroads arts district. The joy of placing it somewhere temporarily is that possibility of someone walking along and picking it up. THIS is the difference between graffiti and portable street art. This fried egg is made from felt backed vinyl with a heavy body yellow acrylic paint.
It turns out that portable street art has the same joy of graffiti, but has the added bonus that someone might just pick it up and take it home, or might connect here online. The goal of this art is to infuse a whimsical element to a very organized uncreative suburban landscape. This particular piece was placed in a median close to a highway entrance in suburban Kansas City. The red light is quite long here and the landscape is quite boring.
Welcome to portable street art. This is a new and exciting art movement, hatched by the writer of this blog, in suburban USA of all places. Portable street art takes street art to a whole new level through creating portable art which can be taken by the viewer. Taken? Yes. Why? Traditional street art defaces property, and taxpayers traditionally pay for the equipment to clean up this free form art. Portable street art incorporates the whimsical and unpredictable nature of this art form, allows the viewer to truly engage in the art, and adds a dimension of connectivity if the journey of the art piece is chronicled on this website.
If you are reading this blog, there is a good chance you have found and taken some street art stamped with this address. Good work! Many others must have passed right by without having the guts to grab it. Now, I would like to know what you are going to do with your portable street art. Maybe you will place it somewhere else to participate in the thrill of being a street artist. Maybe you will sell it on Ebay. Maybe you will take it to a local art dealer and make a buck. Maybe you will hang it in your front hall and have a good story of how you obtained this art. Thank you for making the world a more amusing place. Please post a photo or story on this blog and include the number of the piece you snagged from the street.
Fried Egg placed in Overland Park, Kansas on random street corner.
Made fro, felt backed vinyl and heavy acrylic yellow paint.