“Good Things Come In Threes” isn’t really a saying but it would be particularly apt for the recent sightings of mini street art sculptures by Three, also known as 3x3x3.
One of the curious things about a piece of art by Three is that you spot one, then you don’t notice it the next twenty times you pass by and then it catches your eye again, at which point you wonder if it is a new one or one you had spotted before.
After spotting a lovely new specimen in August Three confirmed that this was new and that he was back in the UK – Three is from Hong Kong; and that there were more to find. However, you just can’t go and hunt these tiny concrete accretions and expect to find them, try for yourself, you just drive yourself bonkers spotting small little things on walls and you trot over only to find it is just some random old bit of plastic or something, Three’s sculptures reveal themselves to you when they are ready or when you are sufficiently deserving.
We have located three new ones so far, there are definitely more out there. One of the new ones photographed here has sadly already been harvested by a street art thief. C’est la vie.
Alexis Diaz painted an elephant octopus combination that was an absolute wow with guests of Shoreditch street art tours. Painted with his very detailed intricate ink based cross hatching, the detail left no one in any doubt that Alexis Dias is a great artist.
Alexis Dias/La Pandilla- 2013
That was in July 2013, it lived a good life but eventually was painted over by the next artist, Rone actually, in April 2014. The image became quite iconic, guests on the tour still enquire “where is the octopus – elephant?”. Well the good news is that same wall has been refreshed again and the work is truly stunning, with thanks to Martin Lee for his great photo of Shoreditch Street Art Tours in action waxing lyrical .
Alexis Dias/Elian detail. Photo courtesy Martin Lee
This of a beautiful collaboration between Alexis Dias and Elian of Argentina, Diaz painted the stunningly detailed heart with an eye at its centre and Elian painted the intensely colourful abstract geometric background. Along with several other artists, these guys were in town for a group gallery show at MYA Gallery highlighting the work of several Latin American artists, curated by Maximiliano Ruiz (his book Graffiti Argentina is well worth tracking down).