A Chinese artist named Wenyi is turning scraps found in the street into serious works of art. Then, just as he found them, he leaves them for a passerby to enjoy. Talk about a good deed, artistically! Check out these incredible pics, first shared on Bored Panda.
Step One: SuppliesBoredPanda
The first thing Wenyi does is hunt for supplies. He says he goes in the morning for walks, searching his hometown of Dali in Yunnan Province. He uses a lot of boxes, papers, anything that can be broken down to give him a flat "canvas."
Step Two: CreationBoredPanda
Then he uses his pen and ink to draw outlines of what he sees around him. He finishes the pieces with assortments of colors, from watercolors (as seen here) to oil paints.
The Final ProductBoredPanda
He hangs them up on nearby walls so that people who walk past can enjoy these candid creations. It's like the world is his gallery, and no defacement of structures happened!
The alleyways of Old Dali look incredible when seen from this unique perspective. You may pass this by as a person and not note its significance, but when you see it recreated on a box, it's a one of a kind experience.
The ink drawings themselves are astonishing. The details of every building facade are created with a mastery of someone who really cares about recreating scenes as close to life as possible.
The Artist At WorkBoredPanda
In fact, here's Wenyi's perspective as he is at work. It's so humble and amazing to think of someone out there, just taking a simple clipboard and creating art among the weeds.
Makeshift "Art Gallery"BoredPanda
Like other street artists, his work is experienced outside of a traditional gallery. It's so small, perhaps people could even walk by and never notice the painstakingly detailed work. We certainly hope not!
Colored pencils are used to add texture and life to the scenes. And the fact that it's on what could have been a pizza box or just forgotten packaging? Incredible.
The Cactus Has ItBoredPanda
This cactus growing through the roof of a home makes you wonder if this is even a real sight! But Wenyi says in his description of his process that all the landscapes and views are simply his attempt at real life recreations. We will look out for the cactus house!
It's true that he takes artistic liberty with recreating the perspective on this alleyway. However, he doesn't miss a step, even the bricks forming halfway up the building on the right!
As if there was a doubt in anyone's mind, glimpses of the packaging label and carrying instructions show how he really blends the two worlds: garbage and art, tossed and saved.
A Rare FigureBoredPanda
Most of his work has no people within the landscapes. This particular piece shows a pedestrian on the right, giving a sense of space, proportion, and dimension.
Even machinery gets its day in the sun for Wenyi. And here, just like in the other pieces, the detail really charms the viewer!
While most people would never even have picked up this cardboard creation, once it's been transformed, who wouldn't want to pick it up?
Wenyi truly is a gift. We hope the people of Dali enjoy how enriching and refreshing Wenyi really is. Congratulations on a job well done!