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Sand Sculptor Transforms Construction Site into Anti-Gentrification Cat Art

Cat sandThis from Hyperallergic -- On Saturday afternoon, sand sculptor Zara Gaze came upon a pile of sand at a construction site in her rapidly gentrifying south London neighborhood of Brockley. Where most saw yet another overpriced high-rise in progress, Gaze saw a blank canvas. Later that night, she returned to the site with a spade and transformed the 40-ton sand pile into a piece of anti-gentrification protest art: A sculpture of a fat cat chewing on a piece of broccoli (get it? Brockley?).

At 3:30am, a security guard showed up at the site and questioned Gaze about her renegade creation. She said she’d merely rearranged the sand that was already there. Before they destroyed her masterpiece, they let her photograph it.

“The place used to be an old garage and somebody had daubed graffiti — ‘enjoy your quinoa,’” Gaze told the Guardian of the construction site. “I think it’s going to become flats that cost a ridiculous amount of money. I was on my way to a friend’s house and thought it too good an opportunity to miss.”

Sand sculpture is usually the purview of beachgoers, not urban protesters, but Gaze, who runs the sand art initiative Sandalism, aims to politicize the medium. She often works in the dark of night, sneak-attacking construction sites and turning them into everything from giant sand brains to pumpkin patches, but making overt protest art is new for her. “I feel like getting more political. People are pretty miserable at the moment, they are really pissed off at the government, so this is a call to other artists. People are not shouting enough,” said Gaze. “It’s very difficult to live in London and many people I know are making noises about moving out of London.”

 


Flintstones House

Flintstones HouseLocated in Nas montanhas de Fafe in Portugal, it certainly has a prehistoric feel, especially to all of us who grew up watching the Flintstones cartoon. It could come right out of Wilma and Fred's world with the boulders on either side. The house is rather squished at the front with just room for a door and a tiny window above it.

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The First Graffitists? The Romans

Roman graffiti We all may think that street art and graffiti are modern phenomena but graffiti has a long and storied history - maybe even from cave paintings. Some of the more interesting graffit still exists on the walls in Pompeii. To better understand the ancient Roman world, one archaeologist looks at the graffiti, love notes and poetry alike, left behind by Pompeians

Want to learn how to do it yourself? Try reading Ancient Graffiti in Context (Routledge Studies in Ancient History) and also The common people of Pompeii;: A study of the graffiti, (Johns Hopkins university studies in archaeology)