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Urban Spy

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Travel doesn't always have to happen physically: a good work of art can take us on a journey inside our own heads, changing our perception of the world around us just as much as a trip to London or Fiji. What if you didn't even have to go to a gallery to get your dose of whimsy?

artist spy

That's the train of thought that propels the artist Spy, based in Madrid. First rising to prominence as a grafitti artist in the mid 1980's, Spy has since moved on to “interventions,” works of art in public spaces such as billboards, statues, and signs. The public signals the average urban dweller takes for granted.

artist spy

Like the public artist Banksy, Spy shares a passion for playful reappropriating existing urban elements. (They also apparently share a penchant for one-word nomikers.) A shining example of the philosophy we share at Been-Seen, Spy carefully observes the environment around him, humorously altering key elements in a way that will make the observant pause, notice, and smile.

artist spy

A key element to Spy's work is his avowed “constructive and non-invasive” attitude. So no, that was not a random car he splattered with paint at the top of this post. (Although, personally, I think the end result is kind of rad.) His work extends to even the seeing impaired, such as the project where he left braille messages around the city of Madrid where the blind would feel them. A creative, whimsical approach to living proves that one doesn't need to have perfect vision to have “been-seen”. MR

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  • I agree that you can travel thru art, though your perception of the local will be biased according the artist’s depiction. Only by going there yourself can you form an opinion based on your own perceptions. Great images though.

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