Snoopy and Charlie Brown become street art stars for newly unveiled Peanuts Global Artist Collective project

Source:AFP Published: 2018/4/15 17:58:39

A Snoopy and Woodstock balloon in New York Photo: VCG

Good grief, Charlie Brown has got into graffiti...

The first of a series of huge street art projects featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts gang was unveiled in Paris on Saturday.

The wraps came off other murals in New York on Monday with Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, Mexico City and San Francisco to follow.

But what would his creator Charles M. Schulz think?

He would be thrilled, insist the keepers of the Peanuts flame who point out that the great cartoonist was a friend and supporter of street art pioneer Christo, famous for wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont Neuf in Paris.

The Bulgarian-born superstar even wrapped Snoopy's kennel and presented it to the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California.

"I think Charles Schulz would love this project," Melissa Menta of Peanuts Worldwide told AFP. "He loved artists and in one strip he has Snoopy daydreaming about Christo. At the end of it he returns to find that he has wrapped his doghouse, which Christo then did in real life."

She said Peanuts Worldwide had exceptionally allowed the seven street artists chosen for the Peanuts Global Artist Collective to redraw the beloved characters from the famously philosophical strip.

They include the sometimes controversial US artist Rob Pruitt, who has Snoopy walking a tightrope with one of his trademark panda figures.

"I think I taught myself how to draw by copying Peanuts characters and strips over and over, especially the details - the grass, the snow, the wobbly lines," Pruitt said.

Other artists involved include American Kenny Scharf, whose work was shown in New York; Japan's Tomokazu Matsuyama; duo FriendsWithYou (Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III); and the collective AVAF.


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