SAFEWALLS x EN MASSE
“We promised an inside peak at the flurry of creativity that occurred when, On 7 November, 2010, a team of 10 En Masse artists assembled in the 7ième ciel room at Cirque du Soleil Montreal headquarters. SAFEWALLS had commissioned a work, two metres by four metres in size, a piece that would resonate with the spirit of Cirque du Soleil and SAFEWALLS, but that nonetheless allowed the artists the freedom to unleash their imaginations.
The team that arrived that night included many of the top-shelf talents among the ever-growing En Masse roster: founder Jason Botkin and current co-director Rupert Bottenberg, veteran En Masse contributors Lisa Czech, Peru Dyer, FiveEight, Tyler Rauman, Gene Pendon, and Fred Caron, as well as a couple of newly inducted artists, Duy Thang Nguyen and Phil l’Animal.
Click on the video below to see the En Masse team in action at the Cirque du Soleil offices, and watch as they bring to life the special SafeWalls piece.”
More about SAFEWALLS, from their site…pretty incredible ongoing project…CHECK THEM OUT!!
“Internationally renowned for its productions, Cirque du Soleil hasn’t lost sight of its early roots in street performance. In that spirit, the exciting new SAFEWALLS project — which takes its name from the “safe walls” many cities have established for their local graffiti artists — connects the fantastic visual delights of an organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment with the cutting-edge yet unpretentious creations of some of the most celebrated talents of the “lowbrow” and street art scenes across the globe.
Focusing on the distinctive urban artists of a series of selected cities, SAFEWALLS commissions daring and original alternative poster designs for Cirque du Soleil shows. Limited-edition prints of these works will be available online, here at safewalls.org, and at public exhibitions as SAFEWALLS tours the world.”