These artists have shown that shipping containers possess interesting characteristics which could be used in the world of art.
Shipping containers are nowadays used for far more purposes than simply carrying 90 percent of the global trade by sea. Indeed, recent years have shown they can be transformed into cosy homes, cafés (as seen with Starbuck’s: http://snip.ly/5KNd ), offices or even skyscraper projects (more information here: http://snip.ly/vnG1 ). Under Armour has even recently used them to advertise its buzzing brand in the United Kingdom (have a look at our article: http://snip.ly/4IeK ). On top of this, the North West Walls has given another use of these containers: frames for painters.
Since 2014, some shipping containers have been permanently placed in a park of Werchter, a Belgian village, before being used as painting canvas for street artists. The twist is that whereas the shipping containers are here to stay over the years, these pieces of art will be covered by new street artists’ paintings each year.
So far, our favorite piece of art has been signed by Fintan Magee. Nicknamed the “Australian Banksy” (the latter being one of the most renowned street artist in the world), the painter has managed to create an optical illusion out of half a dozen of container. His work, named “carrying the pointless monument”, perfectly aligns with the surrounding environment only if observed from a specific angle (left picture). However, this is not the case if observed from another point of view (right picture).
To summarize, shipping containers can serve many different purposes ! Nevertheless, there are still by far most commonly used to ship good all around the world, as there are approximately 17 million of such boxes worldwide. Such containers and many more metal-related products can be purchased at Shanghai Metal Corporation, one of the leaders in metal products of all kinds.
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