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Is That What I Think It Is?

Posted: Feb. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Cracked art
Oakoak

Atlantic City’s old streets were transformed into art when a Frenchmen decided to view cracked walls and sidewalks as artistic opportunity. Art is not only found in museums or in prestigious homes, it can also be found on decaying Atlantic City streets. You never know; the crack in the wall could potentially be the next big masterpiece.

We’re suddenly feeling embarrassingly unimaginative after encountering the winking street art of French artist Oakoak (thanks for that, Colossal). Most of us see a cracked sidewalk, a wall of peeling paint or a crumbling roadway, and our first instinct is to whine about urban decay. Oakoak sizes up the same imperfections, largely in his industrial French hometown of St. Etienne, and he sees, well, this:… His playful public-works improvements wrap street art around an unusually narrow set of mediums: busted cement bollards, hairline cracks in retaining walls, missing metal grates. We love the concept for the way it changes the pedestrian relationship to urban eyesores while drawing attention to them. 

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