Creating public, large-scale murals seems like it would require a lot of fancy equipment. It also seems messy. Plus, if you”re doing it in the wrong place, you might get slapped with a vandalism charge. It honestly just looks like a real hassle.
Unless you”re Australian street artist Buff Diss, that is. He uses a very simple material for his large, detailed pieces. Believe it or not, he creates these immense murals using tape.
To create these intricate works, he tears off pieces of tape and guides them into place.
Many of his pieces reference classical art and literature.
But he likes to give them a modern twist.
By layering the tape, Buff creates the illusion of shading and detailed line work. In fact, his use of tape as a medium began by way of an accidental discovery. He was masking off part of a painted piece using tape, and realized that he liked the crisp lines the material formed on its own.
Depending on the surface, different shades of tape can create greater impact.
The other advantage of using tape is that it”s removable, doing no permanent damage to the surface it adorns. That means Buff can create works of art in public places without having to worry about getting into legal trouble. If the powers that be don”t want his piece there, they simply peel it off.
He says that his pieces can actually last a very long time if the tape bonds to the surface and the area is sheltered from the elements.
And they aren”t limited to walls, either.
Not all of his work is figurative. His abstract forms are just as complex and pleasing.
Watch this video to see him in action.
(via Amusing Planet)
You can see much more of Buff Diss” work on his website, and check out more videos on his Vimeo channel. And if you”re interested in getting arty yourself, you can totally try this at home. Electrical and washi tapes are easy to peel, and they won”t leave a mark, but doing a test piece wouldn”t hurt. This is a great way to add a little pop to your home without spending a ton of money.