Italian based French artist Clet Abraham is well known for his playful alterations of common street signs. His home town of Florence is full of them and now you may just spot one or two in London.
The artist has a studio and a shop in Florence where he sells his work and makes all sorts of other sign related art. When there his normal means of sign alteration actually involves removing the sign, doctoring it in the studio and then returning it to it’s rightful place. Over the years he has been a thorn in the side of the Florentine authorities.
This trip though, Clet has clearly had to work quickly using a cleverly crafted series of stickers to give the signs a whole new look. The result, a series of playful creations which creep up on the visitor unnoticed up until spotted out of the corner of an eye.
I’m sure there are plenty more, but for the time being here is a selection of some of the street art signs on the streets which have been popping up around the East End. I’ll update this post when I find more and if anyone else spots any in the meantime please feel free to send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will of course credit you.
For more Inspiring City posts featuring artists visiting London have a look at these featuring Fred Le Chevalier, Nether410, Sune Nesu, No Title and Lora Zombie.
They are in my neighbourhood. I shall definitely look for it! (^-^)
Thanks let me know if you find any more I reckon I’ve only scratched the surface 🙂
I spotted one the other day near Aldgate but I don’t know if it was a new one…
There are a few left over from some of his previous ventures into London. I’ll no doubt be seeing them all over now lol
This article was a lovely surprise, as me and my friends were delighted to see one of these signs on Brick Lane yesterday, just near the food hall. Thanks for the explanation 🙂
Thanks Vicki and from what I hear there are loads more too. I suspect we’ll keep spotting new ones in the weeks to come 🙂
Well spotted!!! Some people may say graffiti is a sign of our times…..
lol good one 😛
I’m interviewing Clet now for the blog I run for work – http://capaworld.capa.org. Watch this space 🙂
Oh wow, can’t wait to read that I’m a big fan of his 😀
A few more pics about his work in Putney http://www.guirilandia.com/2014/06/26/arte-urbano-en-las-calles-de-putney/