To celebrate aerial platform safety, International Powered Access Federation recently commissioned two art pieces to be created at its stand at Intermat. Two artists, Mr. Shiz from Paris and Foundry from Brighton, U.K., created the urban art pieces.
The artists from Wet Paint Productions sprayed two 7- by 4-meter canvases over six days at the Intermat construction show in Paris, working from a boom and a scissorlift. They were challenged by rain and strong winds during the show, which meant that the work had to be stopped at times and the machines “grounded” for safety reasons. Mr. Shiz and Foundry were both trained to use aerial platforms at the IPAF-approved training centre Facelift, near London, and both hold IPAF PAL Cards.
Mr. Shiz is a native Parisian who has lived in London for 10 years and has been painting graffiti for more than 5 years. He graduated from art school and is a professional graffiti artist with a style ranging from classic graffiti to impressive photorealism.
Foundry comes from Sheffield and is now based in Brighton, U.K. He started drawing at an early age. While he uses a variety of media, he prefers the magical qualities of aerosol, which has no direct contact with the surface, but works well both on microscopic detail and vast areas. Over the past 15 years, Foundry has painted murals and large-scale pieces of work, gravitating towards photorealism. His work can be seen primarily in public spaces, but also in corporate campaigns and international exhibitions.
The two art pieces are on display at JLG Italy and at Italian training centre Formamentis.
IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organization that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide.