Birmingham to São Paulo

CaosArte this is for you! In homage to our 2016 partner city São Paulo and the Brum Spirit family out there, who are in our hearts every damn day, our main graffer Hoakser produced this classic wildstyle, to be exhibited at Memorial da América Latina next month. The piece is part of a selection of digital works by Birmingham based arts activists, to be incorporated into the programme of CaosArte’s 3rd annual crowd curated extravaganza.

Hoakser Sao Paulo Wildstyle for CaosArte - photo by Dan Burwood, Some Cities

The theme for this year is A Cidade Dança/ The City Dances – an invitation for contributors to explore how urban inhabitants transform their city, and how the city transforms them in turn. Also ready for inclusion are works by Jungo Arts, Some Cities and Break Mission.

This whole Brum Spirit selection is going to be introduced by Karina Poli – researcher from Universidade de São Paulo, and manager of our visiting Brazilian artists for this year’s edition of our exchange. More on that very soon!

Hoakser had a bit of a mission getting this piece done. He chose a specific position in one of Digbeth’s legal graff spots, so that the final piece could incorporate a little of Brum’s central skyline, and the word ‘BIRMINGHAM’, from the sign on Digbeth Coach Station.

Arriving bright and early so he’d have a full day painting, he’d just finished emulsioning the background when a parking attendant told him that graff was no longer allowed in the spot, since Seven Capital and Colmore Tang put up their new hoardings, to mark the territory out for luxury apartment development Connaught Square.

It seemed a little ridiculous, considering the lack of signage, and the fact that the entire car park is covered in graff. In any case, Hoakser was told if he waited until after the attendant clocked off, he could come back and get it done in the twilight. So that’s what he did. In two hours, with no sketches (obviously), and no stopping, he completed this classic wildstyle, highlighting the cryptic lettering oneupmanship that forms the very heart of graffiti.

The work has been captured in this sweet little video, and our photography partners at Some Cities have taken a couple of great shots to really showcase the piece in context. How’s about that for transforming a city in transformation?