Roadsworth

Using the street as a canvas

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CA Canada
Web http://www.roadsworth.com/
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About the project Edit

Roadsworth began painting the streets of Montreal in the fall of 2001. Initially motivated by a desire for more bike paths in the city and a questioning of "car culture" in general, he continued to develop a language around street markings and other elements of the urban landscape using a primarily stencil based technique. In the fall of 2004, Roadsworth was arrested for his nocturnal activities and charged with 53 counts of mischief. Despite the threat of heavy fines and a criminal record he received a relatively lenient sentence which he attributes in part to the public support he received subsequent to his arrest. Since that time, Roadsworth has received various commissions for his work and continues to be active in both visual art and music

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Roadsworth graffiti work is subtle, clever and full of political and social commentary.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Hailed as an "artist's artist" by Wooster Collective, Roadsworth began to play with the language of the streets, overlaying city asphalt markings with his own images: a crosswalk became a giant boot print, vines choked up traffic dividers, and electrical plugs filled parking spots. Each piece begged the question, Who owns public space? As citizens and artistic groups rallied around Roadsworth and his international reputation grew, the city became galvanized over a debate between art and authority. His work humanizes the city by using the street, sidewalks, or other urban components as direct artistic media.

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