20.10.2017 – 14.01.2018
WD – Wild Drawing
The Heirs of Fire
As part of CULTURESCAPES Greece, the wild groove of the streets of Athens was on show from 20.10.2017 – 14.01.2018 in an exhibition space at the Natural History Museum Basel for visitors to admire. The exhibition ran for just three months. The Greek street artist WD – Wild Drawing recounted in a room-filling mural, how the discovery of fire changed humanity.
WD has used great swathes of the walls and floor of the exhibition space in the Natural History Museum Basel to reflect the role of fire through art and to present the audience with the far-reaching impacts of its discovery. The fragments of the story stretch from the Big Bang to the social and ecological challenges that mankind faces in the modern world.
The Athens-based artist with Balinese roots, believes that, 'As humans we are always trying to progress. What is the point of our progress? To ultimately destroy the planet, other peoples' and our own lives? Our planet has its own needs and rules that we, as a part of it, have to respect and we should not try to control everything just for profit.'
The artist's special cultural background, the fusion of east and west, Asia and Greece, is reflected in his unique style: his large-format murals often appear slightly distorted. They are inspired by comics or graphic novels, and address social phenomena, lifestyles, art or nature.
WD was born in Bali, Indonesia, and has degrees in Fine Arts and in Applied Arts. He has travelled widely as a street artist since 2000, but he also continues to work at his studio. With various individual exhibitions and projects, most recently in Paris, Antwerp and Athens, as well as through his involvement with group shows and graffiti and street art festivals in Asia, Europe and America, WD has now become one of the most famous and highly regarded street artists in the world. WD lives and works in Athens.