Opportunities for art and beauty are everywhere, even in the most unlikely places. Barcelona-based modern artist Pejac transformed the broken windows of an abandoned power plant in Rijeka, Croatia into a surprising and stunning canvas depicting a flock of birds fleeing from a boy with a slingshot. The artist used the existing cracks in the glass to create the silhouettes of birds in an intervention titled Camouflage, which Pejac says is a tribute to the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte.
Pejac draws inspiration from Magritte’s use of painted window-like birds that reveal clouds and sky within their silhouettes. The Barcelona-based artist created the illusion of birds in flight through negative space, but the intervention is so subtle that it’s easy to miss at first glance. According to Arrested Motion, the artist intended to highlight the survival instinct found in nature by showing how the birds camouflage themselves to survive.
Camouflage (Tribute to René Magritte) is considered Pejac’s most complex work to date and took a few days to complete. Unlike the birds, the silhouette of the boy with the slingshot was painted on with black acrylic. The piece was completed as part of the artist’s residency with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Via Arrested Motion
Images by Sasha Bogojev