1010 (pronounced ten-ten) first began creating his hypnotic “portals” in 2009 throughout the city of Hamburg. These spray-painted murals bring a contradicting depth to the flat walls they are painted on, consequently turning the side of an ordinary building into an entrancing abyss one could seemingly walk into. Striking layers of color appear to overlap and yawn in succession, eventually fading into a dark and limitless center. While mapping out an external form, 1010 begins each piece from the center, working his way through each color, eventually reaching the lightest shades of color around the perimeter. The resulting polychromatic grottos disrupt the stagnant structures of the urban landscape, bringing a beauty and mystery to the systematic components of the city they inhabit.

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