The “street interventions” of Belgium-based stencil artist Jaune put sanitation workers in strange, often humorous situations on walls across the world, using the contours and features of each site for inspiration. For many, the stencil work recalls the public work of practitioners like Banksy and Blew le Rat. His specific usage of sanitation workers, however, comes from personal experience.
“My work is based on the paradox between the visible and the invisible, with my protagonists in my humorous installations and paintings, an idea that was born from my own experience working in the profession,” the artist says. “Despite observing an important public service in garish fluorescent clothing, I observed that they exist in the background of our urban environment, becoming almost invisible to the average person. It was in 2011 that they were made to be more or less absurd and whimsical scenarios in the city. Those who were supposed to keep the world tidy become harbingers of chaos.”
See more of the artist’s work below.