Roadsworth Is Canadian artist who began painting the streets of Montreal in 2001 inspired by two things: what he believed to be an ill-conceived use of public space on one hand and the discovery of the inspiring work of land artist Andy Goldsworthy on another.
What began as a form of activism rooted in a desire for more bike paths eventually grew into an art project. The possibility of jolting impassive drivers from their daily routes, and giving the more slow-moving pedestrian pause for reflection fuels the artist.
Inspired by the process he goes through
with his art, more than the final message it self, Roadsworth enjoys the pleasure associated
with the thought of an anonymous spectator discovering something he’s left on
the street. He sees it as his way of creating a glitch in the matrix – “A
matrix made up in part by a worldwide network of roads and an ever-growing
fleet of humans encased in steel carapaces, hurrying about like molecules in
the body of an insatiable machine.”
On his website, where he makes a personal statement on art, self expression, transportation, society and values, he states: “Though maybe not purely altruistic, there is an awareness that the interest of others could also be in ones own interest.” And that’s what this blog is all about.
Here you can see pictures of one of his works, Dead Hearts, and check out his website for other works.