STREET ART: ATM

ATM paints endangered birds (amongst other animals) on a huge scale with breathtaking accuracy and detail.


@ATMstreetart / ATM Facebook

ATM paints birds. Bloody big birds. And you can find them all over the UK and Europe.

I used to pass a huge one of his on the wall in Turnpike Lane in London, where I lived for a bit. Up close the amount of detail and technical skill it takes to draw such a huge, lifelike bird is pretty astonishing.

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ATM’s bird acts as a centrepiece for another piece by Fio Silva // Photo courtesy of London Calling Blog

And birds aren’t the only thing ATM paints. There’s other endangered species aswell, which he says came out of his, “concern for the environment,” and, “to raise awareness and to try and inspire people to really affect change so things are done differently“.

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It’s not just birds – here’s an owl // Photo courtesy of Inspiring City

It’s working. People are starting to ask questions about these huge, beautiful birds painted on random streets. I know when I first saw one I was like, “Huh? Why is that there?”

They’re intriguing because the style is overall quite ‘classic’; it looks like something you’d be more likely to see in a book or on canvas than in the middle of a bare wall on a random street. But that’s the thing – many of them aren’t painted ‘on random streets’. Many of the birds are painted in areas where the bird actually resides, or where their wellbeing is being affected.

I painted this hedgehog at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset, which does a wonderful job rescuing and nursing back to health injured and sick animals and birds, hand-rearing baby ones, and releasing them back into the wild. Hedgehogs are down in numbers in Britain from 30,000,000 fifty years ago to only 1,000,000 today. Such a catastrophic decline of a much-loved and once familiar animal shows there is something fundamentally wrong in the way we are treating our environment. Our mistakes also affect the rest of the web of life in this country: Hedges are pulled up and gardens paved over to make parking space for cars. Gardens are fenced off, stopping hedgehogs roaming through their territories in their search for food. Slug pellets and insecticides are overused in allotments and gardens, killing the food supply of many birds and animals. So to help: plant new hedges and wildflower beds, make access holes in fences, stop using slug pellets and insect killers and let your gardens grow wild!! #hedgehog #secretworldwildliferescue #hedgehogs #hedgehogsofinstagram #hedge #hedges #garden #gardening #gardens #gardener #organicgardening #organicgarden #organicliving #atm #atmstreetart #endangeredspecies #endangeredanimals #streetart #wallart

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For example, the barn owl on the side of Charles Hocking House in Acton is there because before the area was so built up there were much bigger numbers of them in the area. There’s a hedgehog painted at the Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset where they rescue and nurse back to health injured and sick animals. And there’s a big ol’ bee in Bristol to highlight the fact that bees are not getting enough food due to a reduction in wild flowers – particularly in more urban spaces. 

 

I personally think ATM’s work is really beautiful to see because it exists to highlight the plight of animals who don’t have a voice. And being a veggie I’m all about helping animals by doing the right things to limit me having a negative impact on their wellbeing

I really love these pieces.

PS. And he doesn’t use spray paint, he uses a brushes and acrylics  – which makes it even more amazing really!


READ Warning signs: why street artist ATM is painting London’s endangered birds

A London Street Artist Is Painting All of Britain’s Endangered Birds

VISIT ATM ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK


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