Last week, when I stumbled upon all the quirky art on the utility poles, I also came across a mural done by artist Mariano Molina back in November. Actually, I was told that right before Art Basel comes into town, artists go around the area asking tenants if they can paint the exterior of their buildings, sort of like a guerrilla art show. So I wouldn't be surprised if this is actually one of those cases.
Jose D. Duran
The odd thing about the mural is the juxtaposition of everyday characters that look like they are going to work or school with characters that seem more threatening.
And while most graffiti murals tend to explode with color, you've got to appreciate Molina's restraint in only using one color: gray.
However, the figures are hardly life-size. Most go as high as 10 to 15 feet even as they spill onto the concrete sidewalk below.
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Some additional background info on Molina: he is an Argentinian artist hailing from Buenos Aires. His work is often displayed at Praxis International, which coincidentally (or maybe not) is located right next door to this building. You can check out some of his work previous displayed at the gallery here.