Diesel Wall 2008 winners

Young creatives showcased their works of art in Manchester, Barcelona, Zurich and New York as part of the fifth edition of the Diesel Wall. The competition, born in 2004 out of a need tp give artists the opportunity to create artworks on an extraordinary scale, unveiled its four winner.

Over 4100 projects were received from around the world. The large number underlines the project’s importance and opportunity for international young artists to express their talent and ideas. This season’s jury members consisted of leading names in art and design that include among others, film director Bigas Luna; graphic designer Peter Saville; art director and founder of i-D magazine Terry Jones; and Wilbert Das, Diesel’s Creative Director.

Lester Barreto y Pedro Dias from Barcelona won with ‘La muerte del patinador’ (The Death of the Skater). His piece will be showcased until December 08 on the front of the FAD building, a place that has been the starting point and the main inspiration for the designers. Tim Hensel’s piece ‘Suck’adorned Manchester’s Urbis building from June 08 till August 08. Natural forms and structures and their interaction with both people and man-made environments inspire Hensel’s work. In Zurich Andreas Marti’s work ‘Bag Bellows Break’ will overlook the Letzigrund football stadium until May 09. The winning project responded to the surroundings and integrated the mural with the building. Andreas Marti gives the viewer the opportunity to actually understand the specifications of the house and furthermore it acts as a vision for a potential residential area. Until November 08 Jonathan Sandridge’s art piece ‘The Good Life’ will be on display on the NYC Diesel Wall located on the east wall of Diesel’s new US headquarters. Jonathan wanted to create an intriguing design that was big, bright, and bold, It was also important for the artwork to co-exist well with the form of the building, and pop amongst the concrete and brick architecture in the neighbourhood.

The Diesel Wall project will continue to offer a platform for upcoming international talents to express themselves and to promote art in public spaces.

Image: Suck by Tim Hensel

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