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Dawid Ryski is a landscape architect by education, but currently works as an illustrator and graphic designer. Now based out of Puławy, Poland, his style is characterized by geometry, pure forms and architectural elements. For this project, he talks about visual and air pollution in cities: “In my dream future city,” he says, “billboards would disappear, and everybody here would switch from cars to bicycles.”
He collaborated with Maciek Polak, an illustrator, muralist and graphic designer from the small town of Blachownia. The raw style of his work originated from his passion for skateboarding and graffiti. “Working with Dawid has been my dream since childhood, so this was also an opportunity to fulfill my dreams.”
Dawid was responsible for the urban aspect of the mural, adding the buildings to the art. He states, “I tried to make sure that these were actually the buildings of the future - as you can see, they are free from billboards - and that Maciek could fit in his plants beautifully.” Maciek incorporated vegetation in the mural, a motif that is very often present in his work. “I think that nature is a perfect inspiration for an artist's work because it has endless possibilities in terms of shapes, colors and forms.”
Looking at the finished mural Dawid says, “My vision of a better future was well reflected on our project. I see it as a symbiosis of the city and nature, complementing each other perfectly.” Maciek agrees. He says, “In my opinion, the final appearance of the mural is delightful. It's all thanks to Good Looking Studio's team, who perfectly reproduced our design on the wall.”
Trees and counting.
By painting a wall next to the busy Politechnika metro station, Dawid and Maciek helped plant the equivalent of 780 trees, or 16 soccer fields, a symbol of the air-cleaning power of the mural. Converse believes it has an opportunity to renew its impact by creating fresh air in its communities through Converse City Forests.See Our Global Impact
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