More love please

In 2009, Ygor Marotta began applying tags on public payphones in the city of São Paulo asking for more love. Shortly after, the phrase in Portuguese "Mais amor por favor (More love please)" become a graffiti, in cursive writing to differentiate itself from other graffitis and also to bring a delicate touch to the request being made.

Soon "more love please" became a letter press poster and was spread all over the city, inviting each passer-by to feel and show more love by being kinder, more polite, more respectful to however is next to you. To take a short break from the rush of the big city, from the cars driving by, from the toughness of it all.

Much like Roadsworth's work, Marotta´s intervention wants to create a small glitch in the Matrix and try get people out of autopilot, even if for a second. The movement spread all over the internet and became inspiration for a series of other movements. Marotta and friends have spread posters in other Brazilian and Latin American cities. A recent video celebrating São Paulo's birthday shows them in action. Wanna buy a poster and spread the love? Send him an email and check out his website.

"More love please" graffiti - São Paulo

"More love please" poster - São Paulo

"More love please" poster - Rio de Janeiro

"More love please" - Buenos Aires

The Secret Gardener

Have you ever wondered why big cities are so grey? Or about how there seems to be a lack of public space in which to grow beautiful things? These types of questions have brought about action from "Guerrilla Gardeners" such as these folks, in the form of illicit cultivation in cities around the world.

Lea Du Plessis, a 22 year old that lives in Johannesburg, puts on a pink wig at night, plants trees and spreads love all over her city. Some people call her crazy, but she says she just wants to spread smiles on people's faces.

Check out Lea's tumblr where she gathers pictures, inspirations and documents her missions across Johannesburg and other cities she visits.

The earth laughs in flowers.
— E.E. Cummings

Evidence of a recent hanging up guerrilla gardening session by the Secret Gardener in Johannasburg, South Africa.

Dead Hearts

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.

Dead Hearts by Roadsworth

Dead Hearts by Roadsworth

Though maybe not purely altruistic, there is an awareness that the interest of others could also be in ones own interest.
— Roadsworth