Oct 19, 2017 | By WGSN Insider
New materials and ingenious techniques keep urban street art evolving. Max Zorn’s work caught the eye of Stylesight’s Graphics team with his creative use of street lamps and brown packing tape.
Max Zorn uses a scalpel and some rolls of brown packing tape to create his realistic street portraits. These cleverly crafted sepia toned creations really come to life when the city light fades. Zorn’s urban artworks use street lamps to enhance their look and illuminate the many levels of tape to depict the image.
Zorn explains, ‘The idea to work with tape instead of paint was inspired by a friend who worked as a car designer at that time. These guys often use slim tapes to outline their ideas on large boards. I was surprised to see, how fast they could create stunning sketches with it. During the last years that kind of tape-art also conquered the streets as a new form of urban art. However, it is widely practiced by using colored tape on walls or streets.
The idea to use light as a medium was born during a nightly run through Amterdam. The nice old street lamps with their golden light seemed perfect to be used as an open gallery for the first test of my modified tape-art.
The installation was very simple by just clamping the taped glass onto street lamps and once the light illuminates the many layers of tape, it creates a very graphic picture that seems to be self-glowing.
All that is needed are flexible Plexi-glass, some brown translucent tape and a cutter. The rest is taping, cutting, taping, cutting…”
Check out more of his work on his site maxzorn.com
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