By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane
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Guerrilla Artist ’Thrashbird’ has transformed smashed concrete blocks into giant replicas of iconic brands’ purses, such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Using paint, discarded wood, old tyres and bits of rope, the LA-based street artist spent weeks transforming these abandoned eye-sores into objects of desire and beauty.
Working under the blistering Eastern Oregon sun, Thrashbird spent a day creating each bag.
After stumbling across the abandoned site three years ago, the artist felt it would make a great statement about sustainability and our attachment to high-price objects.
Thrashbird said: “Every day we pass abandoned, condemned buildings, I see an opportunity to breathe beauty into the breakdown.
"All around us are the forgotten decaying structures of the Industrial Age. I want to bring those places to life again by adding some color and ideas.”
The handbags have received a mostly positive response, and fans of the work have traveled from as far as Seattle, Portland and Salt Lake City, to see the giant-sized creations.
The only negative response the artist has received is from a number of homeless people who were startled when they woke up to find their local surroundings being painted in such a bizarre manner.