The street art of Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic does more than just awe the viewer, or provide a thought-provoking message to the public. It inspires passerbys to play with and engage themselves as part of the image.
Intrigued by Malaysia, the artist moved there last year and began painting its people and culture. As part of the George Town Festival in Penang, Zacharevic has completed several life-sized murals. The most popular one is of two children riding on a mountain bike. Interestingly, the bike is real. The past few weeks people have taken pictures of themselves doing everything from chasing the children down the street, pretending to collide with the bicycle, and even levitating next to it.
Zacharevic says, “This is street art at its best, when it stops being an individual painting and becomes part of the public imagination.” The artist is encouraging people to take their own creative picture and post it on his Facebook fan page. There will be two winners – one for the photo that’s the most creative and one with the most “likes.” Submission deadline is July 5th.