A recent trip to the Czech capital of Prague unearthed some great examples of street art littered throughout the ornate streets of the captivating city.
But just a stones throw away from the hotel was this huge mural by local artist Pasta Oner set amongst a busy roundabout and tram junction in the suburb of Dejvice.
Set on the side of a grey, drab, ageing five story apartment block was this bright and positive piece with the motto:-
“Choose to be happy”
Whilst cartoon drawn hands (possibly a certain mouse?) point down towards the motto more human looking hands point up aswell.
Pasta Oner is a very well known artist in The Czech Republic and painted this piece back in 2012 for the ‘Stuck on the city‘ exhibition.
Over many days he luckily recorded the painting of it and posted it on Youtube.
He has signed the piece ‘Pasta Oner’ in a cartoon board style near the bottom of the piece.
A busy car park is set infront of the huge mural with a caravan, parking signs and a cunningly placed lost glove dangling off a barren tree.
“Pasta has spray-painted hundreds of walls and poured tons of spray and paint to become a Czech legend; a hero that comes with a self-assured humility from the streets to the hallowed ground of a gallery, running the risk of being misunderstood, possibly even by his companions. Inherent in MAN ON FIRE is a desire similar to that of Prometheus who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity. It is not advisable to defy gods, but in life, just as in art – since you can hardly separate one from the other – if you’re proud and courageous, taking the well-trodden path is not a possibility. From that moment on, the path can only take you further into the uncharted artistic territory, which you must try to inhabit and make your own.”
– Pasta Oner Website
A great positive message to begin 2016 off with – let’s all choose to be happy and make this year a great one!
(with more fantastic street art too please)