Time Out profiles Dubai Walls street art at City Walk, an open air exhibition from legendary street artists. See pictures and video of the installations
Fifteen of the world's best-loved urban artists have been given a blank canvas on which to decorate one of Dubai's most popular districts.
Part of the inaugural Dubai Walls project, big names from the street art world, including Rone, Eine, Nick Walker, Magda Sayeg and Blek Le Rat, have left their creative stamp all over City Walk in Jumeirah.
Visitors to the destination can see a range of statement pieces and interactive art, all of varying sizes, from full wall installations down to miniscule pop-up model art.
Artists from five continents have used physical props, spray tins, stencils and gold old fashioned paint brushes to create an area awash with stunning colour.
Time Out understands there will be more projects of a similar tone in the future, and, quite frankly, we cannot wait.
THE ARTISTS Aiko: Born and raised in Tokyo before moving to New York City, she is both a studio and public space artist, and part of the group now known as FAILE. Work highlight include 'Brick Ladies' with Lady Pink in Brooklyn in 2008, and with Banksy on 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' in 2010, as well as commissions for Louis Vuitton, Coach, The Standard, W Hotel, Hello Kitty, Isetan and Warner Bros.
Rone: Australian Rone has burst out of the Melbourne scene to be the lead exponent of provocative and classic works featuring women. He is prolific in galleries as he is on the street, with works appearing in national galleries of Australia, London and the USA.
Slinkachu: British-born Slinkachu isn't about the big eye-catching art work, but that doesn't mean he isn't short of a statement or two. His minature people have captured the imagination all over the world for more than a decade, and he is credited with rekindling a fascination with small-scale pieces.
D*Face: Londoner Dean Stockton leans heavily on pop culture iconography and describes his work as 'aPOPcalyptic'. On the flip side, he also has a body of fine art gallery work. His big street pieces have adorned walls in his homeland, in the USA, Sweden and Australia.
Eine: Already exhibited in Dubai, at JBR, this prolific UK artist uses words and letters as the template for his exciting, bold works. London, LA, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Dublin, Tokyo, Stockholm and San Francisco have all featured his works, while perhaps his biggest is the 'Communicate' mural in Manchester which is 82 metres long.
Beau Stanton: Stanton’s large scale installations are heavily informed by history, religion and classics. The Californian studied Illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design but now lives in New York when not exhibiting on the likes of the Berlin Wall and Fiat in Italy.
Blek Le Rat: Hailed as 'the Pioneer of urban art in Europe', Blek le Rat was one of the first artists to use stencils for creating public art. He has been active for more than 30 years and cites a stenciled portrait of Mussolini as one of his early inspirations.
Etam Cru: A Polish double act who cite Eastern European folklore, mysticism, fantasy and humor as their influence. The pair - Bezt and Sainer - met at Fine Arts school, and have gone on to paint all over Europe, including Norway, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Russia, Portugal and Belgium, as well as their own Lodz.
Nick Walker: An icon of the street art movement, Brit Nick exploded out of the legendary Bristol scene and now sells out the world over. He has worked alongside film and music's leading lights, including Stanley Kubrick, and has broken records with original pieces sold at auction.
ROA: A Belgian fine artist with one of most original and recognisable styles around, ROA is a pioneer. His work has been the subject of expansive study and he was one of the select few to feature in 'Art in the Streets', the first major museum exhibition concerning the history of graffiti and street art.
Eelus: With the acclaim of Banksy and Eine carrying this UK artist on a crest of a wave, it is no wonder his work has attracted attention all over the world. He recently installed a permanent mural in popular New York eatery Vandal, and holds public exhibitions all over the world, from Norway to The Gambia.
Ron English: Big, bold and bright, Ron English the man is a representation of his awesome wildstyle street art works. Yet at the same time, he has exhibited oil-based fine works all over the world. He has appeared in films like 'Supersize Me' and 'Exit Through The Gift Shop', as well as as himself in The Simpsons.
Icy and Sot: Iranian pair coming out of Brooklyn New York produce powerful stensil works depicting human rights, ecological justice, social and political issues. Dubai is the latest stop on a world tour that has seen him produce pieces in Germany, China, Norway and the USA, as well as their homeland.
Magda Sayeg: A 'yarn bomber', Magda brings something a little different to the party. A 10-year body of work includes knitting/crocheting large features like a Mini Cooper car, a double decker bus and even a six-floor high column in New York's Dover Street Market.
The London Police: A British group with more than 100 shows and events in over 35 countries in their back catalogue, their large scale murals are and as complex as they are fun. Chaz Barrisson (people) and Bob Gibson (places) combine to deliver what is described as an 'exciting fantasy world'.