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Spanish artist, Spy, was recently in Santiago, Chile, where he created this piece entitled “Barriers”. The artist used metal safety barrier fencing to create this impassable urban intervention, which invokes thoughts on control, division, and enclosure. The fencing is spiraling out from a central point to create an impassable circle in a plaza of a deprived neighborhood in Santiago. The artist began his career in public art in the mid-eighties as a nationally recognized graffiti writer, who shortly thereafter started to explore other forms of artistic communication in the street. SpY is creates with paint, natural elements, and urban form. He is an artist not limited to one genre, style, method, or concept. SpY’s pieces want to be a parenthesis in the automated inertia of the urban dweller. They are pinches of intention, hidden in a corner for whoever wants to let himself be surprised. Filled with equal parts of irony and positive humor, they appear to raise a smile, incite reflection, and to favor an enlightened conscience. A true master of social commentary through urban intervention, SpY could be the urban response to the master of natural assemblage, Andy Goldsworthy. Be sure to check out his work on his site and keep up with us for future coverage on the critical thinker, SpY!

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