Dutch artist Leon Keer is famous for his amazing 3D Street Art. Its ability to transform any flat surface into a kind of multilevel masterpiece is unmatched.
Now, Leon has teamed up with another innovator to take his 3D Street Art masterpieces to the next level. As? Through the use of augmented reality.
The birth of "Shattering"
After being asked to create a mural for the upcoming Street Art festival in Helsingborg, Sweden, Leon began working on a huge white canvas on the facade of a building. And yes, that the "street" artist (as a misnomer, in my opinion) of 3d murals is already very familiar.
He spent hours and hours standing on a platform on top of a crane drawing "Shattering" by hand (how do you translate that? "Disastrous"?). They called them graffiti.
It is a painting that portrays four precariously stacked teacups that symbolize the fragility of life.
"Life is as fragile as a teacup", said the artist to describe his Street Art work. “I want to show that our life can be turned upside down in an instant. We could lose a loved one. Or our home. Or other great world artists, exponents of culture. That's why, on the teacups, I painted all kinds of doomsday scenarios. "
Street Art in augmented reality
The teacups depicted in the mural are the Rörstrand, mugs from a well-known pottery brand that has been popular in Sweden for hundreds of years.
Each individual cup features a scene illustrating the effects of climate change, from melting glaciers to drought to an oil spill. Street art, indeed pure pedagogy.
The teacups, which also represent the earth as a whole, seem to be about to fall at any moment. However, Leon isn't content with letting them hang in the balance.
Art in motion
With the help of the augmented reality designer Joost Spek, the Dutch artist has created an animation that shows the cups come to life to shatter. This is street art.
To see the animation, all you have to do is download Leon's app and bring her closer to the mural.
A breathtaking work of art free for all, as well as the app you need to get the full "Shattering" effect.
Leon hopes with his Street Art to raise awareness that we still have a chance to prevent the cups from falling out!
Find out more about the mural in the video here: