Inspired by Street Art

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We here at House of Current like challenges, so this week we have decided to pick a theme for our Inspiration Fridays. Our team cherry-picked the best theme ideas, wrote each one of them down on a tiny piece of paper, threw the mix in a very special pencil holder which from now on we shall refer to as “the HoC theme generator”, and had our new account coordinator Lamar pick one out. So, ladies and friends, this week’s Inspiration comes from *drumroll* “Street Art”.

 



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“I love Paris. I love Prada. I love the spontaneity and realness of this photograph.  The longer I look at this image, the more I fall in love with it. Look at the dripping spray paint, her amazing shoes, the textures on the building….I could go on.” Wendy

Image by Scott Lowden.

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“Sometimes street art can be viewed as a bit…unwelcomed. In the case of the Hope Outdoor Gallery in Austin, TX, it actually changed the neighborhood – for the better. After a development company went belly up and left behind these ugly, towering concrete structures, artists began to paint and design over it.” Rachel

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“I’ve always been fascinated by murals and graffiti. I love the texture created by layers upon layers of paint and paper. I also love the Living Walls and the Art on the Beltline programs we have here in town. It is amazing how some imagination and paint can transform a structure and add some color and joy in the lives of those that pass by them.” Scott

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“Living Walls launched as a non-profit organization to promote, educate and change perspectives about public space in our communities via street art. This street art can be found throughout the Atlanta area stretching as far south as East Point and as far North as Cheshire Bridge. The organization hosts an annual conference that facilitates dialogue concerning tribulations within the city and increases awareness. It’s amazing to drive by a Living Walls work in progress on the daily commute and watch drab concrete transform into an expression of beauty.

If you think this is pretty cool, follow the link and plan a biking tour to check out all the current artwork! ” Lamar

 

 

“During this year’s Art Paris Art Fair, three artists were offered the chance to transform the façade of the iconic Grand Palais into a digital canvas for 4 days. The three video installations selected as this year’s winners came from an art collective of over 350 members named TeamLab, architect Dominic Harris and artist Mounir Fatmi.”

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Mounir Fatmi’s “Modern Times – A History of the Machine” is trying to convey movement, speed and time with “graphics inspired by the paintings of Sonia and Robert Delaunay, a Charlie Chaplin film, a Marcel Duchamp piece, calligraphy and philosophy.”

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TeamLab’s project “Universe of Water Particles” covered the building in a cascade of running water

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Dominic Harris’s Escher inspired projection is called A Concentric Study and its stated purpose is to “alter the viewer’s perception of the Grand Palais so that its architecture takes on a new narrative.” Ana

 

Inspired by the beach, historic neighborhoods and vintage cars.

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The saying, “Everything old is new again” seems to be ringing true this week at HOC. A lot of our inspirations have a very retro feeling to them. But then, maybe that’s all inspiration really is – the past (distant or recent) influencing what we create or do next in the future. However you define it, we hope these inspirations help you end your week on a high note.

"My best friend has recently turned an (adorable) hobby into a side business and I’m absolutely obsessed with it! Spring is right around the corner and considering my serious lack of a green thumb, these are perfect pops of color for the office, home, spring shower or whatever.”  Rachel

“My best friend has recently turned an (adorable) hobby into a side business and I’m absolutely obsessed with it! Spring is right around the corner and considering my serious lack of a green thumb, these are perfect pops of color for the office, home, spring shower or whatever.” Rachel

Click here to check her out on Instagram!

“In the chaos that is often ‘business travel’ I try to be aware of the beauty around me. My most recent visit to Miami was a feast for the eyes. The long hours are worth it when your view is of great art, and natural beauty.” Lisa

“In the chaos that is often ‘business travel’ I try to be aware of the beauty around me. My most recent visit to Miami was a feast for the eyes. The long hours are worth it when your view is of great art, and natural beauty.” Lisa

"Bill Domonkos's gifs inspire me because even though his mood is always gloomy, you can find touching beauty in the middle of all the sadness. The very eerie and atemporal feel of his work makes me wonder about the lives and times of the people in his imagines as I try to imagine how different they are from my own." Ana

“Bill Domonkos’s gifs inspire me because even though his mood is always gloomy, you can find touching beauty in the middle of all the sadness. The very eerie and atemporal feel of his work makes me wonder about the lives and times of the people in his imagines as I try to imagine how different they are from my own.” Ana

See more of his mesmerizing works here: Bill Domonkos

“Sometimes my inspiration just comes a quiet moment at the beach.” Wendy

“Sometimes my inspiration just comes a quiet moment at the beach.” Wendy

 “My old friend Andrew has spent the last 15 years living in eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia nations. He is a writer and his physical location is not important to his employers, so the vagabond life has worked out well for him. The quote below, from a recent interview, encapsulates why Andrew is an inspiration to me.” Scott B. "I didn’t want to spend the rest of my days wondering “what if.” So I changed my life, and here I am. The unpredictability can be scary at times, but I believe I would rather feel scared and alive than comfortable and depressed." Andrew Kerr

“My old friend Andrew has spent the last 15 years living in eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia nations. He is a writer and his physical location is not important to his employers, so the vagabond life has worked out well for him. The quote below, from a recent interview, encapsulates why Andrew is an inspiration to me.” Scott B.
I didn’t want to spend the rest of my days wondering “what if.” So I changed my life, and here I am. The unpredictability can be scary at times, but I believe I would rather feel scared and alive than comfortable and depressed.” Andrew Kerr

“My inspiration this week is Historic Grant Park. I love how Atlanta always finds a way to breathe new life into its history. We have a unique ability to merge modern convenience with antique beauty. Attached are two shots of my favorite places in Grant Park. Its even rumored the fountain may be restored to working condition soon!” Lamar

“My inspiration this week is Historic Grant Park. I love how Atlanta always finds a way to breathe new life into its history. We have a unique ability to merge modern convenience with antique beauty. Its even rumored the fountain may be restored to working condition soon!” Lamar

Click to learn more about this Atlanta gem. 

“Cars in general, and vintage cars in particular have always inspired me with their creativity, design and performance. None more so than the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Speedster. By being so vastly ahead of its time, this car is rolling, roaring proof that human will, drive and innovation are the only limits of what is possible.” Scott G.

“Cars in general, and vintage cars in particular have always inspired me with their creativity, design and performance. None more so than the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Speedster. By being so vastly ahead of its time, this car is rolling, roaring proof that human will, drive and innovation are the only limits of what is possible.” Scott G.

Inspired by four-legged Instagrammers

Today’s post was barked to us by our lovely ladies Sophie + Trixie.

Hello human friends! This week’s inspiration comes to us from fellow animals of Instagram, way better at social media than most mere humans. How much better you ask? “Some tens of thousands of followers better” we reply!

We begin the list with our absolute favorite, Nutello the pug. To put this in terms you’ll surely understand, Nutello is the Ryan Gosling of dog kind. We’re not kidding, we day dream about him at least 5 times a day.

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Now, the greatest thing about Nutello is that while we all know he’s just your ordinary everyday down to Earth pug, he can still surprise you by being a hot & trendy jet setter on his way to a business meeting in Beijing regarding the import of some hundreds of pairs of shoes to chew on. Woof!

Unfortunately this has never happened to us, but we’ve heard that when Nutello romances a female dog, Nutello conquers her heart by being a combination of dorky, gangsta’, artistic, adventurous and romantic. When he isn’t dressing up like his favorite characters or drowning his sorrow in his bodyweight’s equivalent of beer, Nutello loves conquering the slopes on snowboarding escapades and working out and does it with stylishness that leaves us wondering: “Huh! Why didn’t we think of that?”

You know we love ALL animals, but there’s a special place in the Instagram Hall of Fame strictly reserved for hedgehogs. These cute goldmines are literally walking/crawling photo-opportunities, and we have been studying your behavior for long enough to know that humans are simply not programmed to ignore tiny baby animals.

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Turbo the African pygmy hedgehog, not only an accomplished guitar player slash avid reader and drinker of Chinese tea while watching TV, owns so much awesome tiny furniture that it almost makes us want to call Lego and ask if those come in doggy sizes. Even if he’s clearly a perfect being and accomplished Gourmet chef, Turbo is only hedgehog after all, so he sometimes screws up by eating at McDonalds.

If you thought it couldn’t possibly get any cuter, we give you Darcy.

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Just as his British name suggests, Darcy possesses a certain je ne sais qui that makes him do to our sensitive puppy hearts what global warming does to glaciers.

We couldn’t possibly bark about the hedgehogs of Instagram without mentioning Mr. Expressivity himself, his hedgy shortness Marutaro, the hog with a thousand faces.

MarutoNot having to compete with others of his kind because he has created a category for himself, Marutaro sometimes lets humans hold him and fancies lounging in very snuggly positions, so much so that he make us both kind of want to spoon him, possibly at the same time.

There’s a special place in our hearts for Maru the Shiba.

Maru.ShibaAlthough with his appealing athletic doggie-build he is clearly not what you would call a tiny animal, he manages to be irresistibly cute with his sometimes awkward positions and Napoleon Dynamite-esque vibes. His owners must be very happy to have him and of course those 1.4m followers help. How do you do it, Maru, how DO you do it?!!

Everybody knows we’re not the greatest cat fans, but lastly, we were also just-a-bit inspired by Tard the grumpy cat, who does hit a few spots quite close to our home.

GrumpyCatHis witty captions make him sound like one of our human owners, sometimes, like when they’re having a really bad day and then accidentally kick a door with their pinky toe.

That’s all from us Trixie and Sophie for this week, you folks take care and have a great weekend, we know we will!

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