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The Mentos Man

April 5, 2007

Basco5 the Mentos Man
Basco5 aka Nils Blishen

My friend Karen called me yesterday about an live art installation happening at Burrard Skytrain. Incidentally, it was also featuring one of my favourite street artists: Basco5 (Nils Blishen).

The project is funded by the Mentos candy-gum company and consists of the shiny wrapper-packets with the round white candy punched out or left in to create a massive 12×12 foot mural entitled animal love power (as shown in the background of this photo). I stopped by today after class to say hello, admire the artwork, share an enthralling discussion about street art, and went home with basco5-style stickers 🙂 Thank you Nils!

note: It will be up until Friday.
note: apparently the entire mural consisted of 32,947 pieces of Mentos Gum

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5 Comments

  • Reply Marianne April 8, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    That’s really cool. I wish my city had more interesting things like that.

  • Reply Kisla April 10, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    omg! I’ve seen a couple mentos commercials with this artwork! That’s too cool!

  • Reply Sleeper April 11, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Well, I LOVE mentos. Didn’t know they now have a mentos gum too! That’s so cool. Hopefully that’ll arrive to Finland soon.

  • Reply Sabrina April 13, 2007 at 10:05 am

    A mural of gum. Chew, chew, chew.

    My city-town-neighborhood is characterless and dull.

  • Reply Karen April 18, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    I still haven’t tried Mentos Gum.
    That is soo cool!! and the guy’s smile is so cute 😛

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