Dihzahyners is a team of artists who strive to create a more bright and beautiful Beirut through colorful public art. Specifically, Paint Up! is an ongoing project in which teams of artists gather together and decorate the city, one step at a time. The group says, “We realized that we could add energy and vigor to our city by simply painting certain locations that needed it—and where else to start but with the stairs?”
So, on a regular basis, the creative team ventures out into the city of Beirut and transforms a bland, concrete staircase into vibrant geometric patterns and energetic rainbows of color. With an enthusiastic team, dozens of paint cans, and lots of dedication, the staircases can be completed in a full day’s work. One of the largest completed projects was a 73 step design in the Mar Mikhael district of Beirut, which took seven hours to complete.
The basic designs are planned out ahead of time and the final results are a complicated pattern that enhances the monochromatic urban landscape.
Melanie Norris shares her passion for finding beauty in people that others may have overlooked.
I’ve been experimenting with many different styles of art lately as I try to develop an aesthetic. I really love portraiture and am keeping that as an option as I figure out what I want to do next. This video is some amazing inspiration and definitely worth a watch. Thanks Jose for sharing this with me!
How cool are these?
New York based photographer Stephan Wilkes has managed to capture the passage of time in a single photograph. His “Day to Night” photo series explores the many changes that take place in Stehphan’s beloved city of New York as it transitions from day to night.
- The Flatiron
- NYC Library
- Washington Square Park
- The Highline, NYC
- Park Avenue
- Bethesda Fountain, Central Park
- Times Square
- Gramercy Park, NYC
- Coney Island
Strange how darkness is beautiful.