The motherland of street art, your favorite daily updates, check the latest walls, exhibitions, books and much more. The world is one.

the street is our gallery

Gaia ‘Dementia’ wall in Lodz 2016-08-14

Gaia ‘Dementia’ wall in Lodz

At the turn of July and August, at the invitation of the Urban Forms Foundation, Gaia aka Andrew Pisacane visited the city of Lodz, Poland. He is one of the most remarkable young street artists rooted in New York and Baltimore.

He created an impressive – in terms of form, content and size – mural “Dementia” there. The work of Gaia is a strong accent introducing the street art festival “The Energy of the City 2016”, which will be dedicated to urban cycles: construction – deconstruction – reconstruction.

Gaia2, photo G. St____a__a, Urban Forms, Lodz

The protagonists of the mural are Tadeusz Kosciusko, and Thomas Jefferson, who met in the United States.

Gaia emphasizes that “A portrait of Tadeusz Kosciusko is adjacent to the truncated visage of Thomas Jefferson with shackles over his eyes. In Kosciusko’s will, he expressly stated that his estate would go towards the emancipation and education of African Americans in the South. Tragically Jefferson never executed his friend’s wishes thus exposing the abhorrent double standard of liberal democracy.”

Gaia5, photo G. St____a__a, Urban Forms, Lodz

Mural shows the 3 versions of the Kosciuszko monument on Wolnosci Square in Lodz, which represent the successive stages of its history: construction in 1930, destruction during World War II, and finally reconstruction in 1960. On the mural the non-existent buildings surrounding the New Centre of Lodz can also be seen. The title, “Dementia”, refers to the gradual erasure of the past from the contemporary urban spaces. The artists noticed that „the painting draws a parallel between the demolition of the surrounding neighborhood and the contested history of Kosciusko as a national figure.”

The Artist: Gaia

Gaia was born in New York, and now he lives in Baltimore, USA. His works can be found in cities such as London, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Vienna, Detroit, Perth, Montreal et al. His style is defined by a deep interest in the place and its history that forms the subject and affects the form of his works. In 2015 he become a part the prestigious list of Forbes 30 under 30 Art & Style, presenting the most promising young artists and designers.

Urban Form Foundation / Photos: Grzegorz Stezaala

leave your comment

Don\'t be selfish...
Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+0Pin on Pinterest0Share on StumbleUpon0Email this to someone

Partners with:

Find out more about Meeting Of Styles, near you!

Int. Meeting Of Styles

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Join Us

Meeting Of Styles – 2019

Meeting Of Styles – 2019



Discover the person behind the art!

Best of 2018

Best of 2018

Street Art Collection


Instagram Feed

No images found!
Try some other hashtag or username

International Public Art Festival

International Public Art Festival

9-17 Feb 2019 / Cape Town




A New Generation of Muralists

The art of inspiring

The art of inspiring


Read: Discovering street art in Athens

Read: Discovering street art in Athens

by Ivana De Innocentis

SAM Magazine