I went back to our trip to London in 2013 to select my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge and its Street Art theme. We spent the better part of a day in the Brick Lane area of East London during that trip and I walked around and took several photos of the street art in the neighborhood. I came across this one on Hanbury Street just off Brick Lane. It’s called an Octophant — part octopus and part elephant — and it took Port Rican artist Alexis Diaz one week to paint it in March of 2013.
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Most graffiti artists and street muralists use spray paint to create their masterpieces but Diaz uses a small brush and his works resemble intricate pen-and-ink drawings.
Street art is often ephemeral. Some tagger may go by your masterpiece one day after you finished it and permanently deface it with a can of spray paint. I am sad to report that this magnificent mural only lasted a few years before it was completely painted over. But I am also glad to report that Diaz has produced another octophant on the Wynward Walls of Miami.
Diaz likes to produce paintings of animals morphing into one another and he has traveled all over the world leaving samples of his art on the walls of cities he visits. He now lives in Florida.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website on Wednesdays (Tuesdays in Europe and North America) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.