German street artist Timm Schneider injects a little personality into drab and mundane everyday urban items in his series entitled 'They Live.' Using styrofoam or ping pong balls punctuated with expressive yet vacant black irises, Timm Schneider lends an engaging persona to such inanimate objects as garbage cans, dumpsters and parking ticket dispensers. By transforming these everyday and occasionally repulsive items, Timm Schneider makes them as endearing as a beloved Muppet character.
This slight alteration of the city landscape jolts hardened urbanites out of their work-obsessed haze and urges them to take notice and perhaps even enjoy their surroundings. Inspiring a passing giggle or a prolonged gaze of confusion is Timm Schneider's answer to stopping and smelling the roses. When teaching city dwellers to once again engage with their environment in a tangible way, Timm Schneider favors the playful tongue-in-cheek approach.
Whimsical, comical and undeniably eye-catching, Timm Schneider's 'They Live' series is a classic in the making.
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