Graffiti Art has officially become the favored affordable art, only better. Daily passersby in urban or suburban cityscapes can observe colorful, provocative and sometimes soulful artworks, for free. And, graffiti and street art arguably contribute to the appeal of certain neighborhoods or ignite interest in abandoned spaces.
That is definitely the case with the concrete luxury bag project by Thrashbird, a street artist based out of Los Angeles. No one knows exactly who Thrashbird is, it’s all very Banksy in identity, but according to an interview by Yatzer Thrashbird came across a maze of giant broken concrete monoliths staggered about the grounds at an abandoned concrete plant in Lime, Oregon. And to the artist the shapes of them with the tops crumbling away resembled giant concrete handbags.
Thrashbird cloned stencils for every major fashion label in Europe and spray painted and hand-painted 12 blocks in the shape of a iconic designer purse.
“I’m like a kid imagining things in the clouds, only I imagine things in concrete and then bring them to life”.
Thrashbird basically took an abandoned concrete plant and re-imaged it into a fun, high-fashion graffiti park. It’s now the perfect place for a party, or a runway show.
He spent another 4 months with photographer Thom Uecker to capture each concrete handbag which posted to his website in 2017. After it went live articles on the project published in over 20 different countries.
And thanks to a well placed Instagram post, Thrashbird’s Valley of Secret Values has undergone a revival.