Street Art and Social Change: Air Pollution Masks in London

Greenpeace activists fit a statue of Isaac Newton at The British Library with an emergency face mask (photo © John Cobb : Greenpeace)

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In a recent urban intervention, Greenpeace activists installed a series of air pollution masks on public statues around the capital city of London, England. Designed by the artist, Christopher Kelly, the masks are all unique to every statue, and took a month of making and organizing to accomplish. Wearing safety vests with the emblem “Statue Cleaning Team,” activists scaled 18 statues in one morning. Greenpeace wants the acts to raise awareness toward dangerous levels of air pollution in London. According to a recent study carried out by researchers from King’s College London, nearly 9,500 people die early each year in London due to long-term exposure to air pollution, more than twice as many as previously thought.

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Greenpeace states, “At the moment, [Mayor] Boris Johnson has put forward a proposal for an ultra-low emission zone, but that only covers the area of the congestion zone, which is a very small area in central London,” Morozzo told Vice. “So we’re calling for a clean air zone to cover a much larger area of London to be brought in sooner than 2020. We’re saying at least by 2019, and we need it to be stricter, to protect the lungs of most Londoners — not just a few of them.”

Greenpeace activists climbing Nelson’s Column (photo © Jiri Rezac : Greenpeace)

The 170ft tall Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar Square. Greenpeace activists climbing Nelson’s Column (photo © Jiri Rezac : Greenpeace)

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The TellApart team mastered some can control during their team offsite!

TellApart visited for our graffiti workshop and got an intensive session of spray practice. They said “We really enjoyed the session learning about tagging, street art in general, and of course spending time outside with the spray cans!” TellApart Workshop! Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup a session for your team

AT&T Foundry brings their team for a graffiti workshop!

The AT&T Foundry had an awesome time learning more about graffiti culture and getting a taste of spray painting and letter styles drawing. For their mural, they painted “Where Ideas Are Made”! AT&T Foundry Workshop! AT&T Foundry Workshop! Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup a workshop for your team!

Have you spotted our latest 1AM mural? We love our city!

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Our latest 1AM mural is a shoutout to where it all started, good ol’ San Francisco! Have you spotted it yet? Clue: Check it out next time you’re on your way to the SoMA skatepark or headed to grab a drink at Zeitgeist… Prints of “When the Lights Go Down” will also be available for this week’s upcoming Second Saturday, celebrate the release with us at our Oakland location from 6-9PM. (1523 B Webster St. @ 15th)

 

Minted paints a big green heart with their team!

We had an awesome group event with Minted, who embraced learning about graffiti art and jumped right into creating their own mural. Great job guys! Minted Workshop! Minted Workshop! Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to book a workshop today!

Street Art and Social Change: eL Seed Paints Massive “Perception”

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The talented and socially engaged French artist, eL Seed, recently finished a most unique production in Cairo, Egypt! For those who are unfamiliar with his work, the man is a visionary artist that truly puts his creative ability to work for social understanding and change. In his most recent project, he was hard at work in the Manshiyat Nasr neighborhood of Cairo. There, he painted an anamorphic mural that stretches across 50 buildings in the community, and can only be seen in its entirety from the point-of-view location, at the nearby Moqattam Mountain.

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eL Seed is known for his unique arabic calligraffiti style, which he stretched across the many buildings in this neighborhood. The project is questioning the level of judgment and misconception society can unconsciously have upon a community based on their differences. The community of Zaraeeb has collected the trash of the city for decades and developed the most efficient and highly profitable recycling system on a global level. Still, the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and segregated.

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The passage of writing is from Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, a Coptic Bishop from the 3rd century, that said: ‘Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first.’
‘إن أراد أحد أن يبصر نور الشمس، فإن عليه أن يمسح عينيه’

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eL Seed writes: “The Zaraeeb community welcomed my team and I as we were family. It was one of the most amazing human experience I have ever had. They are generous, honest and strong people. They have been given the name of Zabaleen (the garbage people), but this is not how they call themselves. They don’t live in the garbage but from the garbage; and not their garbage, but the garbage of the whole city. They are the one who clean the city of Cairo.”

SignalFuse jumped right into an awesome graffiti offsite at 1AM!

Here’s what SignalFuse had to say about their event, you guys rocked it! “We had an offsite event here with our team of 16. The majority of our group are engineers and they like to think they’re not creative, but they all had tons of fun and got their juices flowing in spite of their claims that they’re not creative. Maya and her team were welcoming, engaging and knew how to teach us squares how to get down with spray paint. We will definitely be going back and maybe even have them come into our next office to tag one of the walls for us. Thank you 1 AM Team!” SignalFuse Workshop! SignalFuse Workshop! Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to schedule an event for your team!

Opening Night Recap: “The End Is Near”

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Thank you 1AM friends & family for coming out last Saturday! We all had a fun time celebrating the opening of “The End Is Near” with Robert Bowen, Vyal One, and Lango Oliveira. The gallery was enchanting and otherworldly, with each artist’s post-apocalypse vision coming together beautifully. If you weren’t able to make it, make sure to stop by! “The End Is Near” will be on view until April 14th, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12 – 6:30PM.

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GE Software visits 1AM for the first time for their team offsite!

Check out the killer mural by GE Software. They collaborated together to paint “Minds + Machines” during their team-building workshop!GE Workshop! GE Workshop! Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to get the ball rolling for your offsite.

Street Art and Social Change: TWOONE in New Zeland

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The wonderful, world-traveling arts and activism event, Sea Walls (from the Pangea Seed Foundation), aims to protect the world’s oceans via public art and activism. Currently underway in Napier, New Zealand March 11-20, the festival has an amazing roster of international artists painting away, raising attention and engaging discussion on oceanic protection. For this week’s article, we are sharing the beautiful mural painted by Japanese artist, TWOONE. A beautiful large slate grey wall with colorful flora that matches the surrounding environment strikes the tone. Central in the mural is the KOKAKO bird, native to New Zealand, and currently on the endangered species list. Good news is, population numbers are slowly growing according to resent research by the Department of Conservation!

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