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Sweet Toof And Paul Insect, London, 2011

April 28th 2011

Now here’s something that deserves to be shared about a little more. We’ve just been alerted to this bit of fine art and the news of it that went up on the ever flowing Graffoto blog last Monday (April 25th). No doubt the video is hitting other sites and such by now, but it deserves some attention here though don’t yer think? I mean hauling all that paint up there for a start! 

Damn fine work in terms of filming and video making as well as all that painting. Oh my what big teeth you have….. The following words are direct from the GRAFFOTO blog, all their work and not ours, we’re just the word-spreaders today…

toof on roof“Lots of fun recently quietly observing a furtive pair of artists working silently and swiftly on one of London’s less accessible rooftops. It took 4 nights and about 50 litres of paint for Sweet Toof and Paul Insect to blend signature imagery in this visible-from-space collaborative masterpiece. In essence, the painting is a double headed face munching away at the rooftop hut. Best viewed from 1,000 feet, the symmetry ensures the effect is the same whether viewed from the east over the Olympic Stadium or the west.  From the photography point of view this mission had a few tricky aspects. Obviously you can’t go throwing huge illuminative arcs of light around so you work with the natural light. The first night, after about 20 minutes the low cloud base boiled away and the urban-orange sky turned black plunging the rooftop into darkness. Insect and Toof on roofAt the end of the clip you can see the opposite happen. Exposure times varied dramatically between 10 and 30 seconds.

There are two gas boiler outlets on the upper level, the output from those condenser boilers is bloody wet.

Using a patented knotted rope to get up there to set up a camera position, the wind would veer and back unpredictably giving the camera a misty drenching.

I flew BA over the Olympic Stadium the other day but couldn’t find any landmarks other than the Olympic Stadium, there should be a prize for the first photo from a scheduled airliner!


Sweet ToofDark Horse, Sweet Toof's first New York solo show opens at Factory Fresh on 29th of April 2011.  

Paul InsectPaul Insect has just collaborated with Sickboy on an installation at the onethirty3 space in Newcastle

Artists: Sweet Toof, Paul Insect

Photography, video: NoLionsInEngland

Music: Booze - Insanity Drive

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