May 9, 2012

Dr. Robin

SDP  5-9-12
As promised, this is the latest mural to appear in Sarasota by an artist simply known as MTO. Although it's located one block away from the 'Fast Life' mural, which stirred up controversy and was ultimately painted over, I doubt this one will create as much community strife, if for no other reason it's off the beaten path. Viewing this in person, you can see dollar signs reflecting in the sunglasses and according to a newspaper article the artist selected the name Dr. Robin to suggest that Sarasota is robbing the community (possibly of viewing 'Fast Life'). MTO is from France and, from what I've read, he does not provide a full name because quite a bit of his work in Europe is done illegally. He was invited to participate in the graffiti art portion of the Sarasota Chalk Festival this past year. Following the festival, he was paid to spray paint murals on some private buildings. You can see more of his work on what appears to be his Flickr page and MySpace page.

9 comments:

cieldequimper said...

It's rather cool, actually!

We are: clamco said...

I agree...very cool!

Ernie said...

Someone's graffiti'd his nametag!

Heidi said...

I think both the murals are/were great. Rumor has it that he graffiti'd the nametag himself ... the word 'oops' is covering an expletive that was in the original artwork. In the newspaper article I read, the director of the Chalk Festival (which is how he came to Sarasota in the first place) mentioned that having the expletive in the art could cause controversy and his answer was "oops". Shortly after that conversation, the art was changed.

Halcyon said...

I like the looks of Dr Robin. He looks like a cross between a DJ and a family practitioner. I like him better in the role of DJ. ;)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Very interesting art, and discussion of the artist. I would hate to turn the corner to run into this face-to-face... even in a car! Yikes...

Bises,
Genie

Steffe said...

Cool it is.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I have heard of this guy SRQ, I think along with ROA and Bansky, they are mega talented artists. this one is tres cool!

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