Animate Objects: Urban Artist Breathes Life into Everyday Street Scenes

Looking at everyday built environments with an eye toward
artistic adaptation, Oakoak turns exhaust pipes into elephant
trunks, wild shrubs into micro-farms and more.

Pablo Picasso’s famous Don Quixote drawing, for instance,
pops off the drawing board, wielding an antenna and prepared to
tilt at chimneys on top of an old building.

has a knack for seeing the hidden potential in
planters, pipes manhole covers and other overlooked elements
found on, around and above city streets.

An urban planner in a previous professional life, he is used to
taking stock of everything around him, including those things
that are rarely included in artistic endeavors, like fence post
and fruit weeds.

Anything from a crooked cinder block to an ephemeral beam of
light falling across the street can inspire a playful
interactive scene by this quirky French interventionist, making
passersby stop on the sidewalk for a moment to smile.

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