Facelift helps put access machinery to a new aerial challenge, at Intermat Paris
Two highly skilled graffiti artists succeeded in making art from a great height at Intermat - the construction show which took place recently in Paris, from 16 - 21 April. Prior to the event, the two artists, Mr Shiz and Mr Foundry undertook IPAF training at Facelift’s London training centre and both hold the IPAF PAL Cards (Powered Access Licenses). The art work was commissioned by IPAF, as an eye catching celebration of aerial platform safety.
This was a great opportunity to show just how access equipment can be put to use – even to make large scale outdoor art work possible. Working on a boom and scissor lift, the artists managed to spray two 7m x 4m canvasses during six days – despite being challenged by rain and strong winds.
The need for safety at height was shown, with the two artists wearing the ZT harness throughout the work – the ZT Pro Fit, which is designed to be the highest wearing performance trouser and harness. The fabric of this harness has water and dirt repellent properties – just as well given the bad weather – which interrupted the artists throughout their work and forced them to stop and start, grounding the machines at intervals for safety.
Mr Shiz is a native Parisian and a professional graffiti artist, whose style ranges from classic graffiti to impressive photorealism. He has done artwork for clients such as Channel Four, Just Beats and UEFA, as well as body-painting models for film shoots. Foundry’s work can mainly be seen in public areas, corporate campaigns and international exhibitions and is known for working with an aerosol.
The art created at Intermat can now be seen at JLG Italy and at the Italian training centre Formamentis. You can see the work at Wet Paint Productions (www.wetpaintproductions.co.uk).