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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Peter Gibson aka Roadsworth

Canadian artist Peter Gibson a.k.a Roadsworth began transforming the streets of Montreal with stencil graffiti in 2001. In the fall of 2004, Roadsworth was arrested for his nocturnal activities and charged with 53 counts of mischief that sparked a debate on whether this was art or vandalism. All the charges were dropped. His only punishment was a minor fine and 40 hours of community work – ironically, a public art commission.









15 comments:

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

It's definitely art. It in no way defaces property or claims ownership. Graffiti artists often tag to claim ownership and not so much the artistic value. He does good work. The shoelaces are cute!

Maria said...

These are awesome! You always find the most amazing pictures.

TEENSIZER said...

One of the coolest interventions I've seen! We should invite him to NY.

The Peach Tart said...

that's definitely cool

Mommy24cs said...

My favorite is the puddle one. I'm guessing those are puddles right?

Mama Plays Mozart said...

ha ha -belive it or not, I used to date this guy a LONG time ago (I went to school with him in Montreal!) Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Vicki said...

I like those pictures. I have seen the trucks but not pictures on the road like this before.

Buggys said...

I love this art work. Much like the perspective drawings on sidewalks. Very creative I think.

lululu said...

definitely art!!!!
government is sometimes really stubborn!
hv u heard about the painting of art and message on the burrard bridge to encourage bike riding? though it made no harm, vancouver police ordered to hv it removed cos they are "ANTI-GRAFFITI"!!!!!
i cant see any pt in it!

yonca said...

Those are definetely cool! First one is my favorite :)
Happy Thursday Veronica!

PropellerHeadMom said...

Those are so cool! I like the zipper one the best!

Annette Piper said...

Oh what a clever artist. I think they charged him just so they could get some free artwork! BTW, an award for you on my blog http://annettepiperjewellery.blogspot.com/2009/09/handmade-and-award.html

Rainyday said...

These are great pics - thanks for posting them!

Micah said...

Hey. Repaying the visit. These pics are awesome. This guy is so clever!

Rachel said...

Wow! I'm a graphic designer so I can appreciate this as "art." Very clever the way his symbols tie in with the road. Keep finding cool things:)

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