Victoria’s graffiti ringmaster at work

18 Oct

The 1500 block on Douglas St. in Victoria, across from the Times Colonist building, is undergoing a remarkable transformation. It’s being turned into a sprawling, rollicking, twisted circus by graffiti artist Pesto (his other work here).

Pesto and some buds have been gradually evolving his non-commissioned wall mural for several weeks, scavenging paint from dumps.

His “labour of love”, as he calls it, has evolved into the circus theme from a directionless beginning.

“I just started painting and little by little things came together and I thought: Hey, I’ve got a circus here!”

The Amazing Masters of Mayhem rolls on right to the back of the building, over oil tanks and around steel bumper poles.

With elusive British graffiti artist Banksy’s polarizing take on The Simpsons intro last well still fresh in the news, Pesto strikes another blow for legit street art. It’s an instant classic.

13 Responses to “Victoria’s graffiti ringmaster at work”

  1. Janis La Couvée October 18, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    I went by this beautiful piece of art last week (it’s not my usual route) and wondered if it was new.

    It’s always wonderful to see legitimate murals and commissioned work!

    • dougbrowncreative October 18, 2010 at 6:33 am #

      Only it’s not a commissioned work Janis. It’s pure street art and Pesto is not being paid a cent.

  2. Lindsey Maloney October 18, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    Wow, it’s unreal. I can’t wait to go and have a look at that. It reminds me of Berlin. Although there it was rare to see one artist do an entire mural. It was more a collection of ‘tags’ from many artists, everywhere. Ever been to Berlin?

  3. dougbrowncreative October 18, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    Our own Berlin Wall huh? I’ve never been to Berlin myself Lindsey but I do have an ich to go.

  4. Anonymous October 18, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Nice work. Not the traditional graph style, either.

  5. Lindsey October 18, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    I highly recommend it. Germany was one of my favorite places to go during my time in Europe and the Uk, and Berlin was like nothing else with its street art scene and its intense history.

  6. Amy October 18, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Gorgeous! Highly jealous of people with this level of skill.
    I hope no one gets pissy and complains until it’s painted over.

  7. Brian October 18, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    There are a few other buildings in Victoria that could use a face lift with this art.

  8. dougbrowncreative October 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    > Amy, street artists risk having their work painted over every day. I’m sure that sobering thought has crossed Pesto’s mind. What a bummer that would be.

    > Brian, you’d think that the city would be creating relationships with amazing artists like this – who love the big canvas – and engaging them in our less salubrious areas.

    Thanks all for the comments.

  9. mike fromowitz October 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Is this Graffiti?
    More like cool street art.

  10. dougbrowncreative October 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    Street art is what it is, as it’s called in the last sentence of the post. A lot of the work on Pesto’s site is more traditional graffiti style, but even he admits they are moving away from that term.

  11. ngawangchodron November 22, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    Got to give some credit also here to Consyse Clothing, who provide the “canvas” for this kind of artwork, also to Chris Dobell for the beautiful signwriting

    • dougbrowncreative November 23, 2010 at 5:28 am #

      I appreciate you providing those names and helping to fill out the credit line here. It is a amazing collaborative effort. Got a good write up in the TC too.

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