Sober Collective from Rotterdam recently organized the Sober Street Art Exhibition and accompanying public art project, Sober Walls Rotterdam 2017. Showing mural and gallery works by Sebas Velasco, Vesod, Bier&Brood and Kaili Smith, the event produced two new walls in Europe's largest port city, including this great collaboration between Sebas Velasco and local heroes, Telmo Miel.
Titled "Hit the Lights", the mural depicts a local guy holding a glowing plastic back and looking over his shoulder towards the illuminated street or the residential apartments. Mixing Telmo Miel's smoothly spray painted part with Velasco's raw painterly and textured sections, the image is wrapped within transparent strokes that further accent the surreal atmosphere. The same strokes are actually the borders between the two different visual languages, creating surreal feel within a mundane, realist image. Even though the main character is looking away and is carrying the symbol of the consumer society, the night time image still carries a positive vibe with warm lights glowing from the night store and the bag. Inspired by Metallica's classic, the artists created an image that perfectly fits the chosen title of the piece. —Sasha Bogojev