The duo Telmo Miel is no stranger in Belgium. This time they painted one the symbolic piles of containers of Rock Werchter’s street art project called North West Walls. Their installation is composed of 7 piled-up containers on which an elephant is painted. The realism of the animal is impressive, even though one of its ears has been replaced by a human one. Besides, the elephant seems to be annoyed by a small monkey playing cymbals on its back. The installation, which is titled “Get This Monkey Off My Back”, seems to encourage the festival-goers to simply enjoy music. The painting must be seen as an anamorphic installation, and the angle of view is crucial.
About The Artists
Telmo Piper and Miel Krutzmann are Rotterdam-based artists. In 2007, Telmo, a licensed illustrator and designer, met Miel, who was already active in the graffiti scene. The official start of the collaboration will, however, be dated later in 2012, after both had completed the Academy of Art. The two artists work with a photo-realistic style with lots of contrasts. They work separately on ideas for murals and come together with the sketches to see if combinations can be made. The result is usually very surrealistic, with attention to detail. They always work on the same piece together and are able to switch places when ever wanted or needed.
About North West Walls
North West Walls 2017 is the fourth edition of Rock Werchter’s street art project, curated by Arne Quinze. This year, amazing pieces from Hoxxoh (USA), Phlegm (UK), Astro (FR), Telmo Miel (NL), Jarus (CAN) and Smates (BE) can be admired and will stay for the whole year after Rock Werchter in the Festivalpark in Werchter, Belgium. Rock Werchter has definitely proved that art has its place at a rock music festival.