Microsoft has enlisted the help of street artists around the world for its Designed on Surface project. Over the course of five weeks, murals were painted, with the help of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet, in 17 cities in 12 countries: Melbourne, Sydney, Brussels, Hong Kong, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Tokyo, Shibuya, Lisbon, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Madrid, Taipei, Austin, New York, and Long Beach. Each of the murals was created by a local graffiti artists drawing inspiration from our core theme of “do great things”, as the artists were encouraged to draw upon the people, places, and things they find inspirational. Microsoft believes that the mix of art and technology can bring communities together.
One of the participating artists is Jasper Wong, the co-founder of POW! WOW!, a global community of artists, events, projects, and schools. POW! WOW!’s flagship is a week-long event in Honolulu, Hawaii that brings over a hundred international and local artists together to create murals and other forms of art. The festival has become hugely popular and is expanding to new cities and countries like Taiwan, Long Beach, Israel, Singapore, Jamaica, Washington D.C., Guam, New Zealand, and Germany.
Wong painted the inaugural Designed on Surface mural in Long Beach. In a short video, Wong discusses his creative process and how the Surface tablet helps him in putting together his piece. It’s pretty cool to see the evolution of graffiti and street art, as modern technology has been incorporated to make things more efficient and easier. There are probably some die-hard graffiti traditionalists who oppose the idea, but with practically anything, times have changed and ultimately, we can’t fight technology.
Watch the video below, and you can check out Wong’s and the other artists’ work on Surface’s website.