Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Street Art Requires Guerilla-Like Stealth

MONTREAL (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Bringing art to the streets is an undercover, incognito operation.

Peter Gibson is a Montreal-based street artist who uses the urban landscape as his canvas to create works of art, which he features on roadsworth.com.

To get away with what city officials often consider graffiti, Gibson employs a number of stealth moves that other budding street artists can learn from.

He says, “It’s like guerilla warfare. You have to be very careful and alert of police cars. You have to appear to be an innocent bystander and pretend like you’re just going somewhere. Loitering is the biggest giveaway.”

Other street artists use creative disguises, such as dressing in construction workers’ uniform to do their work in the day, or dress in full black and go out undercover at night.

Though he’s tried every trick in the book, Gibson has been arrested four times, which he says can be a benefit because, “You gain some notoriety.”

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