Swedish duo Erik Vestman and Nils Petter are seen as pranksters of big scale and just like graffiti artists, they have gained notoriety for their sometimes unauthorised installations.
Their canvas is as diverse as the scope of their pranks. From underwater art to underground galleries, and art on stones to art on walls, billboards, you can find their presence everywhere.
They even got into trouble when a rescue team was sent to rescue a drowning child, who ultimately happened to be the duo’s artwork. According to Bored Panda, the artists attached flotation devices to the underside of laminated photos on plywood and then used snorkels to drop lines, making the ghostly images float just below the surface of the water. Watch the video here.
The duo even reconverted an empty concrete space under a pier into a cozy art gallery. “We didn’t really have any clear goal when we started digging,” the pair told Vice. “It was an interesting, exclusive ‘secret’ place that people wanted to show others. Thousands of people crawled in during the six months it was there. We have five full guestbooks. The postman said he would deliver mail there if someone wrote to the pier. Someone got married there, people threw parties, preschool classes crawled in and someone left a boat as a present for staying there for a few days on a road trip.”
They even experimented with stones.
“For ten years, we have been making hundreds of our own paving stones with images on and placing them back on the streets. With this technique we were invited to Örebro Open Art, which also resulted in a music video. In association with Landskrona Photo Festival 2014, we made a photo installation weighing half a ton, and designed and built lights for it.”
It won’t be an understatement to say that the duo believes in interactive art.
“We built a Zlatan jumping jack in Malmö. Everybody seemed to love him. Kids, hardcore supporters, municipality and owners of the stadium. The thing that remains now is the question: what happened to Zlatan and is he still kicking it? The city of Malmö actually liked it and told the newspaper that they wanted to keep it. But the owner of the building chose to take it down. And crush it.” Watch the video here.