A Birmingham graffiti artist will be bringing a unique form of 3D art to life city this month, to mark the Chinese Year of the Tiger celebrations.
Chu, real name Wayne Edwards, has been involved in aerosol art for more than a decade. From humble beginnings as a youngster leaving tags of his name in Walsall, the renowned artist has recently been commissioned to create public pieces across the nation. One of his claims to fame includes working alongside the enigmatic Bansky and Jamie Hewitt, the co-creator of the animated band, Gorrilaz.
His most popular creation was achieved when he single-handedly attempted to set a world record by painting a four-storey mural on his own.
Now, the 38-year-old will be returning to Birmingham for a show dedicated to the five elements of the Chinese zodiac – earth, wood, metal, fire and water.
Chu described his handmade wooden cube as a “creative meeting point” for his multi-faceted interests and as a reminder of the everyday conflict between digital and analogue devices.
“This is a combination of work I’ve been doing most of my life. As a child I would love taking things apart and putting them back together, then when I got older developed an interest in science and maths. The inside of the cube will be filled with mathematical designs that audiences can experience in 3D wearing hologram glasses.”
His inspiration for the 11ft high design came from a 1980s concept of viewing images on the internet.
“People would take photos of landmarks, download them, put them together and see the images from all angles. It suddenly occurred to me that I could make one for real.
“The symbolism of a cube also reflects the importance of the number eight to the Chinese as it is considered to be lucky.”
Since moving to London three years ago, Chu has been pursuing a studio career and said he has received more exposure there than when living in the Midlands.
“I’ve found the London audiences are more receptive and willing to travel across town to see shows. I want to convert Midlands fans of visual arts and hopefully people will turn up to see the cube.”
* The new project, sponsored by Tiger Beer and called Tiger Lucky Eight, will be exhibited at Boxxed, in Floodgate Street from February 15 – 19, 6pm - 8pm.