Home fans on their way to watch Lokomotiv Moskva walk across a giant painting that takes the term street art to a whole new level. Ground level – to be precise. It is the work of 27-year-old Russian artist
Pokras Lampas, whose eye-catching Calligraffiti style is a fusion – as the name suggests – of calligraphy and graffiti, all played out on the grandest public canvases.
“We have our own way” was the club’s tagline during the 2017/18 season and they lived up to those words with this stunning commission in their green and red colours over 11,000m² on the square outside the south stand of the stadium. The goal is to make a connection, provoke a response and share an experience, as Pokras Lampas himself explains.
For me football is about the powerful energy of the fans all coming together at the same time. That’s cool. I don’t watch football all the time, but I like global events like the World Cup and enjoy getting into the mood of the game and the people around me.
Football identities are striking and the colours are very important. It was great to work with green and red – the green areas are like the trees and grass; the red is like the colours of the leaves in the changing seasons. It was important to be in harmony with the club, but even more so with the people who will experience the work every day, and to really excite them.
I try to show how art can change the environment of an area. That’s why I usually work in public spaces and look at how we interact with them, and how we can educate each other through art. Calligraphy is a way of communication. It is a language form. I’m always looking at how we can connect and show the harmony of different languages and cultures through calligraphy. Multicultural connections, fusion and harmony are a global meaning of my art.