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Walls with Paint: Fireflies

In 'Walls with Paint', Eindhoven local, photographer, and art fan Lukedaduke shares the story behind a special street art project in Eindhoven. This month: an extraterrestrial biolight landscape.

Eindhoven has a lot of walls with paint nowadays. Throughout the city, you can find murals, painted traffic boxes, and transformed tunnels.

Luckily, there are always more walls longing for a lick of paint, like the ones underneath highway A2 at the Ulenpas. This new mural, Fireflies, is made by two Russian artists, Bozik and Gooze, curated by Belgian collective Treepack. You might recognize their work from a couple of years ago: the so-called surf tunnel near Eindhoven Airport.

About Bozik: he's a Russian artist living in Kazan, a city east of Moscow. His biggest inspiration is nature itself. Looking at his work, you might recognize the dot painting technique originating from Australian Aboriginals.

The inspiration: luminous organisms like fireflies, glowworms, and jellyfish

About Gooze: he lives in Russia in Krasnodar, near the Black Sea. He loves to paint fantasy realms, amphibians, or reptiles in bright colors, which he learned to use while working in the gaming industry.

A mutual inspiration for this work was luminous organisms like fireflies, glowworms, and jellyfish, referencing Biolight. The latter is a technological innovation by Philips where glowing bioluminescent bacteria generate light without energy.

What impressed me (LukeDaDuke) the most was the short amount of time these two artists finished the tunnel; within a week, they finished it. As a spectator, the complex, bright colors, the sense of space, and the illusion of light will catch your eye.