“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.
Street art in Shoreditch used to be most revered when it involved spraying stencilled images on walls but recently the status of the sculpture as street art media has been firmly in the ascendant. T.Wat has just installed this epic bomb, sitting on the façade of this beautifully decayed building in Shoreditch..
Guests on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour will all be familiar with my love of Jonesy’s sculptures which we cross bridges, ford wastelands and risk death on the roads to see. This one recently succumbed to the art thieves, one man’s ephemerality being another man’s shameless immoral sequestration from public view.
Jonesy – recently stolen
The artist Three, also known as 3x3x3 from Hong Kong was evidently back in London recently and left a few metal tags on Shoreditch walls. Apart from their own intrinsic beauty, each one presents a gorgeous photographic opportunity with abstract colour washes, wood grain, textures and surface discontinuities to provide a wonderful background to each of the pieces. See also the featured image at the top of this post, much love.
There are many many other sculptures of various sizes and vintage decorating our streets and like this shiny bird on brick lane, not all are screaming a name, a gallery location or a website, so here is to Anonymous and their beautiful Shoreditch sculptures.