Monday, June 21, 2010

Awesome New Art on the St. Louis Flood Wall

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

click to enlarge Daniel Jefferson, brush in hand
  • Daniel Jefferson, brush in hand
The flood wall that runs along the Mississippi just south of the Arch at the terminus of Chouteau Ave has to be one of the longest murals in America. The art is always in flux, with new images constantly going up on top of the old ones. On Saturday, five St. Louis artists added a few impressive new layers.

The "Big Oil Kills" piece pictured above is the work of a street artist who goes by the name Jonny Xacto. Here's him working on new stencil on the wall:
click to enlarge Jonny Xacto used stencils and freehand spray paint for this piece on the Flood Wall - PHOTOS BY KEEGAN HAMILTON
  • photos by Keegan Hamilton
  • Jonny Xacto used stencils and freehand spray paint for this piece on the Flood Wall
And the final product:
click to enlarge .
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The paint session was spearheaded by Justin Tolentino and Jason Spencer, who paint collectively under the name Like a Beer in Deadlights. Here they are at work:
The word on top says Warlord in manipulated Hebrew and Arabic characters
  • The word on top says Warlord in manipulated Hebrew and Arabic characters
And here's the final product, titled "Trice," which took about four and a half hours to create from start to finish and was done entirely freehand with brushes:
click to enlarge Tolentino on the left, Spencer on the right and Tony, their photographer on the far right.
  • Tolentino on the left, Spencer on the right and Tony, their photographer on the far right.
They were joined by two other artists as well.
Ender added this clean, colorful tag to the left of the triceratops:
click to enlarge It's Trice, as in triceratops
  • It's Trice, as in triceratops
And Daniel Jefferson contributed this tribal clown face:
click to enlarge Ender: he's got game.
  • Ender: he's got game.
Tolentino, Spencer, Jefferson, and Ender will collaborate with six other St. Louis artists to create a massive indoor mural at the Regional Arts Commission for the exhibition Screwed Again, which opens Friday, August 13.

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