okuda san miguel adds rainbow thief to a narrow residence in hong kong okuda san miguel adds rainbow thief to a narrow residence in hong kong
apr 14, 2016

okuda san miguel adds rainbow thief to a narrow residence in hong kong

okuda san miguel adds rainbow thief to a narrow residence in hong kong 
(above) image by cheung chi wai / courtesy of HK walls

 

 

 

in the sham shui po district of hong kong, artist okuda san miguel has added the ‘rainbow thief’ to the façade of a narrow residential building. completed for the 2016 edition of hong kong walls — an annual street art festival that takes over different parts of city — the vibrant mural spans the entire length of an old, timeworn apartment block. beginning with the face, okuda completed the technicolor mural from top to bottom, adding rainbow graphics at the lower levels of the building. the friendly image of a bear is finished in a spectrum of saturated hues, formed by the interlocking of geometric shapes. the artist’s distinct approach of using triangles and squares to illustrate human and animal figures is an unmistakable aspect of ‘rainbow thief’. also, the eyes of the bear are filled in with a painting of a starry night sky — another emblematic trait of his work. by adding the work to part of the city’s existing urban fabric, okuda artistically alters the character and impression of the architecture for visitors and residents alike. read on for more images of ‘rainbow thief’ in hong kong, and documentation of the process below. 

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the mural has been completed in the sham shui po district of hong kong
image courtesy of okuda san miguel

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the installation has been realized for the 2016 edition of hong kong walls
image courtesy of HK walls

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okuda san miguel overlooks ‘rainbow thief’ on the façade of a residential building
image courtesy of okuda san miguel

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the vibrant mural spans the entire height of an old, timeworn apartment block
image by cheung chi wai / courtesy of HK walls

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okuda artistically alters the character of the architecture for visitors and residents alike
image by cheung chi wai / courtesy of HK walls

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beginning with the face, okuda completed the technicolor mural from top to bottom
image by cheung chi wai / courtesy of HK walls

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the illustration has been formed by the interlocking of geometric shapes
image by cheung chi wai / courtesy of HK walls

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a friendly image of a bear is finished in a spectrum of saturated hues
image courtesy of HK walls

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the eyes of the bear have been filled in with a painting of a starry night sky
image by cheung chi wai / courtesy of HK walls

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rainbow graphics have been added to the lower levels of the building
image by cheung chi wai / courtesy of HK walls

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okuda’s distinct approach of using triangles and squares to create animal figures is an unmistakable
image by cheung chi wai / courtesy of HK walls

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