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An LA based street artist known as ’thrashbird’ has spent weeks transforming ugly concrete block into some of the most desirable and iconic bags.
Using paint, discarded wood, old tires and bits of rope he carefully creates giant replicas of the much sort-after purses, inspired by the idea to turn these ugly abandoned obelisks into objects of desire and beauty.
Each kingsize bag takes about a day to create, working under the blistering sun in Eastern Oregon. The artist first came across the abandoned site three years ago felt it would make a great statement about sustainability and our attachment to high price objects. The artist said : “Everyday we pass abandoned condemned buildings, I see an opportunity to breathe beauty into the breakdown.” “All around us are the forgotten decaying structures of the Industrial Age. I want to bring those places to life again by adding some color and ideas.”
The reaction to the creations has been amazing with fans travelling from far afield as Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City just to see them all.
The only negative response the artist has received is from a number of homeless people who were startled when they woke up to find their local landscape being painted in such a bizarre manner.
For me please contact the artist : [email protected]
Photo credit : Thom Ueckher/@thomueckerphotography.