What do you understand about graffiti? Beautiful drawings and/or typography usually spray painted on walls (or even trains) illicitly and they are usually part of today’s urban culture? At least, that’s our perception so far, but as it turns out, graffiti can be non-illicit (and non-destructive) and it can also happen beyond our urban settings, like in the forest. Wait, what? It can? Apparently, it is totally possible because, cellophane, AKA shrink-wrap. Thanks to this thin, cellulose transparent sheet that’s usually use for binding loose goods (or keep food fresh at home), Moscow artist Evgeny Ches can take his love for graffiti into the woods.
Instead of walls, Ches use industrial-size rolls of cellophane to create his very own walls by stretching the thin film between two trees. With the semi-transparent and almost flat surfaces at his disposal, Ches began transferring what are on his mind onto them with spray paints, conjuring up anything from terrifying creatures like dinosaurs and polar bears to more tame woodland animals like monkeys and squirrels. But being a true graffiti artist, he sometimes introduced typographic graffiti into the great outdoors too. In fact, this whole Cellograffiti started with typographic images before Ches decided to experiment with animals.
Cellograffiti, as Ches calls it, is not limited to forest; at times our concrete jungle also provides opportunity to showcase his graffiti prowess without actually vandalizing public or private properties. Skip ahead for a short video of how the man went about inserting a prehistoric carnivore into a serene woodland, but before that, we would like to invite you to take a look at some of Cellograffiti installations by this uber talented artist.
Images: Evgeny Ches.