FUTURA

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NEW YORK, NY, USA
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FUTURA 2000 is infamous as a pioneer...

graffiti writer and artist. From the 1970s his work graced subway trains in New York City, and his abstract style and use of colors jumped out as a departure from the more often-seen letterforms. FUTURA's exuberant presence at the Wynwood Walls reflects an important historical moment, of street art being celebrated by a global art audience thirty years after subway art was finally eradicated from New York City and the last whole trains were buffed.

Created in the first year of the Wynwood Walls project, the wall FUTURA painted at the main entrance to the complex is one of the largest that he has done. The size gave him an opportunity to create a piece many times larger than a subway car or a handball court, which were the canvases for his early work. Using paint rollers with extensions to sketch his composition spontaneously, FUTURA approached the challenge of its scale by dividing the wall into panels or sections as if they were a number of individual paintings. He told himself he'd find a way for them to work together as one piece, and indeed, in the finished mural the colors and forms come together to create a contemplative landscape with a sense of movement and rhythm.

Besides the discovery of a fresh way of working, the artist loved reuniting with other invited artists in the process, with promises to continue on to more creative collaborations. FUTURA believes that the Wynwood Walls sets an example of what could be done in other places: "When all of these artists are assembling in one place, and there is an area that is being developed around the art—the artistic concept is really something that I wish we had in New York. We need this kind of project a little closer to home."