I’ve always been fascinated about art in public spaces. Whether it is street musicians’ plays, graffiti art or random flashmobs, there is something really noble about the people who share their art in the streets. Yes, many times the intention is to purely make money; however, none of the passersby are discriminated if they don’t carry cash with them. And as one of the street performers on Times Square in New York said: “If you don’t carry cash on you – we understand: there’s an ATM right around the corner.” Whenever I get a chance I try to interact with these vivid individuals who basically bright up everyone’s daily routine. Below are some photos and videos of street artists in action.
This gentlemen was spotted in Chicago, right outside a CVS pharmacy.
This interesting character had his performance in the crossroads arts district.
Stormy is a Kansas City based tattoo artist who implements his artistic skills on the walls of KC.
This ice sculptor in Kansas City Downtown really got people interested in his art. It turned out, the sculpture he was working on was commissioned by Disney Frozen show that was about to start in Kansas City.
One man band was playing with so much passion, that he torn one of his guitar strings. Being an experienced musician, of course he had a spare.
This musician has it all: you name it.
I’ve spotted these interesting artist on the Plaza in Kansas City. Their music sounded interesting, to say the least. No wonder why: you see a gentlemen playing on a saw and washing board!
As you can see, this is full-fledged orchestra of interesting individuals playing even more interesting instruments.
I feel that bright chairs in collaboration with less then fresh clothes add a special touch to the band.
I was walking around Manhattan streets in New York, when I saw a piano in the middle of the street: Everybody who wanted to play were encouraged to do it. “How awesome is that!” was the though that was running through my head when I saw this Bunny appearing out of nowhere to dance to the piano music.
As I continued walking I spotted the bunny again. This time we get to see the person behind the mask.
These Krishna followers in New York were kind enough to share their beautiful and authentic music with everyone in the area.
This calligraphy artist enjoyed painting hieroglyphs. Anyone could enjoy watching the process, moreover, for a small amount of money one could have his name painted in a beautiful Japanese hieroglyph. I didn’t have any money on me, so he did one for me for free. I, in return, drew a caricature of him. Art-Barter in action.
These living sculptures in New York Times Square don’t move. The performance starts after you donate something. Frankly speaking, watching them stay still in one position is a performance of its own.
Mr Bill Lyon – This unique artist was spotted drawing the High Line in New York. Beautiful artwork and one unique artistic look of Mr. Lyon.
During the Occupy Wall Street movement not everyone was protesting holding signs and shouting the “We are the 99%” slogans. This individual in Philadelphia Town Hall Square was busy painting the protesters in their tents.
These artist were spotted in my home town, Samarkand. They were modestly painting these domes while tourist were walking around the place admiring the beauty of local architecture and local artists.
These two gentlemen entered one of the small cafes in Samarkand and started performing. When they finished they sat and prayed. Then they got their well-deserved money from the audience who sincerely enjoyed their music.
“Cupid, draw back your boooow, And let, your arrow gooooo” When I heard this gentleman singing in the streets of San Francisco I was really impressed. I stood there impressed by his performance. Then I remembered that my camera can capture video.
After a long and (hopefully) productive day this silver living statue in San Francisco is ready to spend his well earned money.
I like interacting with street artists. In this case, being a caricaturist myself, I decided to share my art with these hard-working individuals, working in Tashkent Broadway. While drawing one of the Broadway caricaturists, we were discussing my technique with them.
There’s nothing like interaction between the audience and the street artists. In this picture the guys were not only performing: they were also selling these wooden drums, inviting everyone to play them. I just couldn’t resist this offer.
Next time you pass near street artists, please share a smile with them (and, if you can, a dollar).
P.S. If you liked what you’ve read and seen so far I think you’ll like this video that I filmed in New York.