Street Art Installations Featuring Little Wooden Cutouts
New Jersey-based artist Joe Lurato creates tiny wooden figures and set them loose in public places. Lurato frequently leaves the artworks to be discovered by the community, where depending on their location, they may only last a few days or even hours.
The pieces I’ve been making are small, spray painted wood cutouts . No bigger than 15” in size. The subjects vary, but they’re all very personal – they sort of tell the story of my life in stages. From break dancing to skateboarding to rock climbing to becoming a father, all of these things have helped define my character. For me, it’s just about revisiting those moments in a way that’s familiar. I’ve always appreciated seeing architecture and nature in a different light. As a skater, the tar banks behind a local supermarket, a flight of stairs, a parking block, a drainage ditch, a handrail, a wall – they all present possibilities for interaction and fun in ways they weren’t intended to be used.
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