Just because street art is a relatively modern development does not necessarily mean that it should only feature modern artistic styles. In her unique brand of street art, Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon leaves behind traditional elegant lace patterns in public spaces. Her art, which she refers to as “public jewelry,” turns gritty and often abandoned spaces into something aesthetically pleasing.
The Polish artist creates direct interactions between the decorative designs and the surrounding space like walls, sidewalks, and lamp posts. Across the years, her public art has covered abandoned houses, parking meters, utility boxes, doorways, and street signs in various cities throughout the world as a way to enhance urban spaces. Through street art that translates into ceramics, stencils, paintings, and crocheted webbing installations, NeSpoon adds a delicate touch with her intricately designed lace patterns.
Traditional, ornamental lace is the foundation for NeSpoon’s public art, taking the form of both spray painted murals as well as hand-cut stencils strung up like spider webs across urban and natural landscapes. But she doesn’t limit herself to just spraying paint and stencils. Some pieces are sidewalk cracks filled with cement and decorated with intricate lacework designs. For others, she creates webs of actual crocheted lace doilies and strings them up in trees, on the beach or inside abandoned buildings.
Her elegantly adorned designs dress up a variety of worn and weathered structures–from crumbling architecture and cracked pavements to rotting tree trunks and mossy blocks of concrete. Due to the range of locations and mediums in which she chooses to display her work, NeSpoon actually prefers to call herself an outdoor artist rather than a street artist.
These intricate lace patterns generate a touch of elegance in unexpected places. Her detailed thread work is proof that almost any sort of artistic medium can be brought into public spaces. You can see much more over on her Behance.
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