Artists Paint Giant Bookcase On An Apartment Building Featuring Residents’ Favorite Books

While many of street artists go for an old building or train to paint their moral on, there’s a street artist, Jan Is De Man chooses to think out of the box, by painting lively 3D paintings for some local communities, his goal is to create a projects ‘where everyone can identify themselves’ by involve the residents. His latest artwork was on a neighborhood wall he painted a mural bookcase on an apartment building in Utrecht, Netherlands. Jan was supported by many Deef Feed.

The local for the 3D moral was chosen before the concept, Jan Is De Man said “I know the people who live on the ground floor very well. They’ve wanted a mural by my hand for a while. They also wanted to let me feel free in my design as long as it would bring something positive to their neighborhood. The first idea was to paint a smiley. A huge smiley. Because I believe people become happier when they see a smiley every day. But this idea didn’t feel complete, and it felt too simple.”

After thinking and studying his canvas, he got the idea for an l’oeil moral, “visual illusions in art, especially as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object.” He said, “I studied the shape of the house and the location where this house stands in, and suddenly the idea of making a huge bookcase hit me. I love making 3D art illusions on walls, and I like to see smiles on people’s faces and this idea (I thought meanwhile) could bring all this together.”

The most important part od the 3D art concept was to involve the people who live there in the artistic process, “We entered the community by asking people for their favorite books, and we were able to put eight languages and cultures together in the same concept. Everybody, every age, every culture, every language was welcome. The only rule I set up to participate in this art project was: no political books and no religious books. Besides that, every book title was welcome.”

The mural took one week to put the idea on the actual canvas ‘the wall of the apartment’, he said that the beginning was the most challenging part, planning the idea and the concept, “think most of the time the most difficult is to get the right concept, that fits the wall, that fits the neighborhood. but when you got the right idea, then there is not much difficult.”

They captured some moments and the spirit of the residents, also the artist with some of his favorite books, and his favorite titles as he said ” I am really fond of “ the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime“ written by Mark Haddon And of course the Playboy.”

After the moral has been revealed it become an artistic building to bring the neighbors and the strangers for some shots and selfies, “The neighborhood where this work was made is filled with different cultures. And I’ve noticed that this project brought people together without pushing it. They meet each other through books. Regardless of the differences in cultures, regardless of the differences in political point of views. Regardless of being extreme right or extreme left.”

And the next for the artist “there is a lot of things coming, but I don’t like to tell plans, because I believe that if you tell your plans they don’t work. It sounds corny, but in the end, actions speak louder than words.”, we can’t wait to see what’s up next.

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Written by Toly Khawas

Toly is an Interior Designer by day, writer by night and a full time artist.

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