Researching names of street artists is often daunting and somewhat frustrating. There are highly regarded and internationally known artists whose works are well documented and easily identifiable. However, there are countless numbers of local talents who, for one reason or other, haven’t hit the international scene yet. They may be known within their own circles and communities, but to an outsider they are virtually unknown.
Traveling around the world rewards us with the sightings of the local street art. I like the excitement of the discovery process, but inability to make a proper attribution is frustrating. Therefore, when my research yields the local artist name, it’s a massive victory.
On the outskirts of Zaimov Park next to Sfumato Theater Workshop, there is a brick tower almost entirely hidden behind overgrown trees. It hosts a number of surprises.
The quality of work and subjects are so distinct that it did not take long to identify the authors. These impressive examples of the street art genre were created by a collective called 140ideas in August 2011. Amazingly, three years later these murals are still in almost pristine condition.
Yeto, the member of 140 Ideas and one of the artists behind the murals, explains the concept of this project in this post on his blog.
More about 140 Ideas:
- 140ideas.eu (currently redirects to FB page)
- 140 Ideas Facebook Page
- JRMN on Graffiti.BG (in Bulgarian)
- JRMN on Flickr
- JRMN on Behance
- Interview with Flak on Graffiti.BG (in Bulgarian)
- Flak on Flickr
- Interview with Teleto on Graffiti.BG (in Bulgarian)
- Teleto on Behance
- Interview with Yeto on Graffiti.BG (in Bulgarian)
- Yeto Blog