As part of a seven-city U.S. tour, Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project came to Atlanta on Thursday, October 17, 2013, and I got to witness it all. Atlanta’s top emerging and street artists were given a two-day challenge to transform a blank canvas-wrapped Red Bull Cooler into an inspired work of art customized for permanent display at each venue. I had the opportunity to meet with two artists and received their insight on each individual piece of art. Lela Brunet, an eclectic local Atlanta artist, described her love for detail when she created what she called “the female form.” The artists were given only 8 hours to complete the assignment, some who said they didn’t even stop to take a break. The artists were also oblivious to where their inspired work of art would be displayed. Lela recalls the whole experience as a “wonderful opportunity to paint her Siamese twins.” Her artwork featured a picture of a woman’s head (see left picture). I also got the chance to speak with another local artist, Brandon Sadler, who used acrylic paint to paint a picture of what he called Ying and Yang. He drew his inspiration from the “Last Airbender” series.
A panel of judges were to vote on each piece in which two finalists would have their artwork sent to the SCOPE Art Show taking place during Art Basel week in Miami in December. The event also featured an open bar and a DJ adding to the the creative flow already present in the room. Overall the event was a success. Red Bull coolers never looked so good.
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