Meet Paul Walsh – a self-taught artist from Rotorua, New Zealand. Back in 2013, he painted a picture of Grumpy Cat on a wall in his local dog park. The city council painted it over, but the locals weren’t having it – they petitioned the council. A friend of Walsh’s posted an article about the whole ordeal in the local newspaper. That’s when a telecommunications company named Chorus contacted Walsh and offered him to paint over their utility boxes instead. He agreed and thanks to this deal his art can be enjoyed not only by locals but by the whole world.
Although Walsh only gets paid enough to cover time and materials, that doesn’t stop him from creating – since the beginning, he painted over 50 utility boxes around New Zealand. Walsh says he likes to use various internet memes as inspiration. The boxes he paints over are New Zealanders’ physical internet connections and the pictures painted “probably already been transmitted through these boxes before I painted them on the outside of them,” said the artist.
“They’ve had a great reception, both from the local communities and online, and I am planning to paint a lot more around the country – maybe the world!”, says Walsh. We sure hope so! Check out some of the artist’s amazing utility box artwork in the gallery below!
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One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!
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