Anonymous street artist BERT hits Solana Beach
The artwork of anonymous surf street artist BERT has again surfaced with the most recent street art installation on the front facade of an abandoned building located in Solana Beach at the intersection of Highway 101 and Dahilia Drive.
BERT has continued the San Diego-based pattern of a street art piece at the end of each Association of Professional Surfing World Championship Tour with the most recent piece including Rip Curl Pro winner Kai Otton.
The Rip Curl Pro Portugal took place in the fishing village of Peniche earlier this month. Every fisherman has a story about losing the “big one.” Otton had seven years worth of those stories. BERT’s installation in Solana Beach shows Otton finally catching the big one represented by the massive trophy Otton received during the Rip Cur Pro Portugal award ceremony. Otton points to the sky with a single finger as a reference to his first win, as well as a dedication to his passed grandfather, whom Otton dedicated his win to.
In addition to BERT’s street art installation, seven sticker packs containing stickers of each of BERT’s past designs were hidden in the Solana Beach streets from the Belly Up Tavern to Fletcher Cove and in between. Clues were released on BERT’s Instagram account (bert_art) throughout the day, sending his fan base scouring the local streets.
BERT has documented all nine Championship Tour contests through designs around San Diego, showcasing each winner, along with the story that unfolded during the span of each contest, including Joel Parkinson giving Kelly Slater the finger while tugging over the Snapper Rocks trophy in San Clemente, Jordy Smith painted 17 feet tall in the Cristo Redentor pose with the Rio trophy in hand in Carlsbad, Taj Burrow as a 70-year-old Grom in Oceanside, Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan atop a pile of severed heads and Kelly Slater being hoisted off the ground by four Fijian islanders in Encinitas.
BERT’s ability to dissect surf culture and reassemble it into cleverly designed street art installations has caught the attention of many of the professional surfers painted, including Slater, Parkinson, Smith and Brett Simpson, all of whom have in one way or another expressed interest in BERT’s work. Slater and Smith have both reposted BERT’s pieces on their Instagram accounts. Slater’s post received more than 14,500 likes and 130 comments. Surfline.com has showcased three of BERT’s pieces in their weekly ‘Social Absorption’ features and publications.
To view BERT’s work, visit https://bertslideart.wordpress.com/