You’re probably familiar with the phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s gold” and there’s few better examples of that than the work of visual artist Francisco de Pajaro.
Much like Clet Abraham who has fun hijacking Europe’s street signs, Francisco likes to bring a bit of life, vitality and humour to our sterile urban environments. In a recently interview with James Buxton of Global Street Art he stated that:
“Rubbish is the only legal place you can make art on the street. There was a law in 2006 in Barcelona which outlawed painting on the street, suddenly all of the freedom was eliminated – all the best artists from Barcelona left. I couldn’t paint on the floor, on the walls, anywhere, but I had a need to express myself, so where? Well, I started painting on rubbish, on a chair, on a mattress, little by little, I made little discoveries.”
Since then Francisco has generated a cult following after trawling the streets of London’s Brick Lane painting his devious creatures on mounds of bin bags, discarded mattresses and broken chairs. And whilst his creations will be swept away by the street cleaners the following morning, they serve as a timely reminder that everything has the potential to be a canvas for creativity.
Yes, even your old sofa.