NEVERCREW: Street art duo’s giant murals shine a light on environmental issues

Street art duo NEVERCREW are known for their giant murals which evolve around the relationship between mankind and nature, bringing to light some of the largest issues facing humanity from climate change, immigration, and humanity’s exploitation of nature.

Swiss-based artists Christian Rebecchi and Pablo Togni are the artists behind NEVERCREW, a street art collaboration that now spans over two decades. During 2015 and 2016, the duo toured the world and put together a video showcasing some of their pieces. You can watch the video below.

Their first mural for their around the world tour, titled Detecting machine n°1, was created in Rochester. It is a huge image of three encased whales, intersected by a dramatic orange litmus paper representing global warming.

Their second, titled Black Machine, features a polar bear sticky with black oil, swimming wearily alongside the Colosseo Theater in Turin. Finally, the pair wrapped up their year of touring with Signalling Machine, which shows a whale wrapped in blood-red striped cloth.

The three pieces are part of a “machine” series that expresses NEVERCREW’s growing concern for nature and the balance of life. They call their mission “a sort of collaboration between everything for a common wellness”.

NEVERCREW’s most recent work, Baring Machine, features the image of a giant brown bear, filling almost the entire surface of an eight-storey building in Satka, Russia where it was painted in May this year.

In Baring Machine, the bear is standing, facing the viewer, but it can’t see. It has been blinded by a large stripe of red tarp being pasted up to the wall by two men mounted on a scaffold. It not longer knows where he is or where it belongs, it is lost.

Christian Rebecchi and Pablo Togni show great concern for endangered species throughout their works which also include sculptures and installations.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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