Art Sakhalin, a free community of artists from Sakhalin Island in Russia’s
“Street art is a brand new thing for Sakhalin, that's why it’s generating lots of feedback (both positive and negative, but mostly positive of course)," Art Sakhalin artist and creative director Aleksey Druzhinin told Russia Beyond.
There is nothing vulgar or dark about Art Sakhalin’s graffiti — artists rather emphasize the aesthetics and beauty of art, yet the conceptual meaning behind their drawings is no less important for them.
"We just want to make the world more beautiful. In our case the world is Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands," Aleksey says.
Art Sakhalin creates projects for residential apartment blocks, confirming the sketches with local authorities and the public beforehand. Most of these projects not only have a decorative
Art Sakhalin’s first work was created without official approval. This phrase plays on the Bible’s “Love your neighbor” – it says “Love your Faraway,” a reference to the name of the district.
The most obvious association with Moskovskaya (Moscow) Street is the Kremlin.
Crimea and Sakhalin seem to have not much in common besides the sea. So artists gifted Krymskaya (Crimea) Street its own lighthouse and the sailor girl Natuska.
The mural on Alykh Roz (Scarlet Roses) Lane was designed with a cosmonaut holding a rose and asking if it’s still far from Dalnee. The wire stretched across the whole facade determined the color scheme, splitting the composition into two parts.
Alongside official work, artists draw “in the hoods.” This is a result of such art “vandalism”: the portrait and poems of Russia's famous “peasant” poet Sergei Yesenin decorate
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