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Street Artist Embeds Hearts Into Urban Environments

It's Valentine's Day, and this Montreal creative's public art intervention strikes a chord.

Kyana Gordon
Kyana Gordon on February 14, 2012. @Tropikyana

Canadian street artist, Roadsworth began painting the streets of Montreal in opposition to car culture, deciding instead to promote bicycle use and more bike paths. Ten years later, he’s developed a body of stencils around elements of the city. In his latest series, Dead Hearts, each site specific image reveals a cut-out of a piece of an urban environment – from a chain link fence to a pile of asphalt, these captivating photos are anything but dead.

Roadsworth explains to us why he chose hearts:

The hearts are a metaphor for dead spaces that exist in urban areas in particular, spaces that nevertheless exude a certain kind of soul. And yes, these dead spaces also speak of a certain kind of environmental neglect that is endemic of our time. Former industrial areas for example – and in cities around the world these areas are legion- which have been abandoned and which exist in a state of limbo of sorts. No longer are they used for industrial purposes but they are also often too toxic or problematic for whatever reason, to be exploited by developers or used by people. But aside from the physical spaces that these “dead hearts” occupy, they are also metaphor for a human state of being which is characterized by a sense of alienation, disconnection and general loss of soul that a modern urban world can bring about.  The dead hearts speak of loss but also of the beauty that is apparent once that loss is recognized.

 

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