Vitaly Tsarenkov's 18-storey mural inspired by 8-bit video games, the Russian avant-garde, and engineering
Love For Nature is the title of a new giant mural by Russian contemporary artist Vitaly Tsarenkov, scaling 18 storeys of a residential tower block in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Going on the theme of climate change and humanity's treatment of the environment, it was produced for the recent local Urban Morphogenesis festival. "When the whole world stands on the threshold of global ecological catastrophes, a lot of people haven't yet realised that the future of our planet depends on the actions of every single person," Vitaly tells Creative Boom.
"It's impossible to stop all harmful factories at once, but to make the first step towards a clean Earth is not difficult and within everybody's power – just by taking the trash away after recreation in nature."
Covering 630 square metres and standing at 50 metres high, Vitaly and two assistants took over 16 days to complete the mural. It's one of Vitaly's most ambitious street art projects to date, with his usual style influenced by the aesthetics of 8-bit console video games, early 3D computer animation, the Russian avant-garde, and also an engineering education, in particular descriptive geometry and technical drawing.
Clear-cut straight lines, bright saturated colours, three-dimensional geometric forms, and maximally simplified images characterise Vitaly's work. With an almost obsessive perfectionism and accuracy to his technique, street art isn't his only medium, as painting and sculpture are also important to his practice. As Vitaly puts it, "One style, various media."