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Roadsworth — New Book

By Invisiblemadevisible @imv_streetart
Roadsworth  — New BookIn October 2001, paint was spilled on the streets of Montreal. A stark, primitive bike symbol, looking suspiciously like the one the city used to designate a bike path; a giant zipper, pulled open down the center line of the street on a busy commuter route; the footprint of a giant, stomping through the city while people slept.
Inspired by a desire for adventure and galvanized by a loathing of car culture, Roadsworth got down with an idea that had been incubating. The time had come for him to articulate his artistic vision, to challenge the notion of "public" space and whose right it is to use it.
By 2004, Roadsworth had pulled off close to 300 pieces of urban art on the streets of Montreal. In the fall, he was charged with 51 counts of public mischief. It seemed to signal the end of his career. Instead the citizens of Montreal and lovers of his work from around the world rallied their support. A year later he was let off with a slap on the wrist.
In this playful and sometimes subversive book, featuring more than 400 reproductions of his unmistakable work, Roadsworth takes the urban landscape and turns its constituent elements on their heads, both indicting our culture's excesses and celebrating what makes us human (lest we forget).

Roadsworth — Paperback is Published by Goose Lane Editions and is due for release in September 2011 with text by Roadsworth and Bethany Gibson and a foreword by Scott Burnham.You can pre-order the Roadsworth book on Amazon.

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