You’ve probably come across several tape art installations of different styles, maybe you’ve wondered what it is or what it is made of. Well, here’s the answer!
The name says it all, tape art is an artwork created with tape. It all started in the 1980s when some street artists decided to find some alternatives to the regular use of spray cans and became more and more popular after 2000.
In addition to being surprisingly beautiful and original, tape art also has a huge advantage: it is easy, fast and silent to install. On top of that, the elements around don’t need to be protected and covered as there’s no paint being used. It is also really easy to remove, which makes it ideal for temporary art installations, venues and events. Tape art isn’t only static and in 2D. It can be combined with video mapping, sculptures, light performances and other forms of arts.
TAPE OVER is a Berlin-based tape art crew founded in 2011. They first started to perform in some legendary clubs and events of the German capital. Here you can see one of their installations, combining tape art and video mapping.
ROB and LaMia recently traveled to Hawaii for a month. They first took part in the ISLE 9 festival , an open-air festival whose vision is to be “an exchange of transcultural sound and creativity”. They designed a unique tape artwork telling the story of the Polynesian coming to Hawaii by boat. « We symbolized Hawaii in our work by the volcano as well as the flora & fauna. The two hands form a welcoming gesture. The tattoos on the forearms are a Polynesian pattern ». Their canvas was designed and cut in a mountain shape in order to perfectly fit in the environment!
During their trip to Hawaii, they also created a collaborative piece of art around the work of the artist case_maclaim who had previously painted “walking hands” on a container.
The crew members are constantly feeling inspired by the environment surrounding them: « The nature of Hawaii is very inspiring. It has such a variety of plants and different climate zones. The lava fields of Big Island are impressive – looks like you are on another planet. »
ROB and LaMia from TAPE OVER came back to Berlin a few weeks ago after having experienced Hawaii at its most: surfing, diving, swimming with manta rays at night, observing whales, discovering secret beaches and much more!
TAPE OVER is also regularly working together with many brands and helps them to bring more arts to their environment. Tape art is a creative and colorful way to captivate your audience and encourage more customer engagement.