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So we might be a little late (give or take a month) on the draw on this one, but we wanted to announce that one of our favorite street artists of all time, OAK OAK of St. Etienne, France, has just released a new book that has more than 100 images of his works. From Calvin and Hobbes riding down a stair rail to a tightrope walker about to cross a chain, each piece takes an ordinary urban scene and, with one simple illustrative addition, turns it into something quite…well…marvelous.
Isn’t it amazing what a dash of creativity and perspective can do? Though none of OAK OAK’s street art is “authorized,” it certainly brightens our day, and should serve to remind us what an impact on the world we can make with just our imagination.
Here’s the intro to the book:
“Oak Oak is a young man from Saint-Etienne (France) who loves to take a walk in the city. But unlike any ordinary tourist looking for historical building and the most daring architectures, Oak Oak seeks insignificant details. A small crack on a wall? That is precisely what he will be drawn to! Instead of seeing a defect in construction, he would rather see a web spun by Spider-Man. A post has been knocked over? Instead of blaming whoever failed to put it back in place, he would rather make up a story to explain why it is down. Therefore, Oak Oak is an unusual lateral thinker in an urban environment. Welcome to his world…”
Here are some more images you might expect to see, direct from the street artist himself.