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Miami's Wynwood district skyline will never be the same thanks to this urban art icon



Miami urban art icon Krave, real name Daniel Fila, spent the whole summer working on an epic project that will forever change Wynwood's skyline.

Concrete company Supermix hired Krave to paint their silos, a project that proved to be his most challenging and in turn - most impressive to date.

To complete the project, Krave spent 275 hours on a boom lift braving the sweltering Miami summer heat. But the heat wasn't the only element that proved most challenging during the three month installment.

"I've never painted a canvas like this before with this kind of scale vertically. It's about 75 feet off the ground. First conquering the fear of being so vulnerable up there. A Miami wind is a Miami wind. When I first got up there I was pretty scared."
Daniel Fila, aka Krave

I can see the finish line. Swipe to see a few updated progress pics of the Wynwood silos.

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When he was approached by the owners of Supermix he immediately got excited about the possibilities to paint on such a large canvas in Miami's most colorful, artist-saturated district, that's known for it's vibrant murals and rich graffiti history.

Krave says he's humbled and grateful to be in such a position after putting so much time into painting in Wynwood over the years. He's been called a "street art pioneer" and "your favorite artist's favorite artist." Chances are you'll run into a mural or two, or three of his while visiting Wynwood.


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The "Fresh Monkey" is one of his most recognized signature characters.

His big booty "Sunbather" paintings are also super popular.

Krave says the graffiti artists he looked up to when he was a kid could only dream of the opportunities that he's presented with these days.

"It's an economy in itself. You can actually make a living as a graffiti artist and that's totally new. All the guys that were doing it and inspiring me a generation before me, never had the opportunities that we have right now."
Daniel 'Krave' Fila

In fact, Supermix gave him full creative control on the silo project. Going into it he wasn't sure what he would do with such a large canvas but it was quickly evident that he wanted to pay homage to Miami's graffiti history by making the silos look like giant spray cans.

"It was really incredible. They're (Supermix) a huge company. They were really pushing for the art, not some advertising or to promote their business so much. They just really want to do something to celebrate Wynwood and they haven't given me any creative direction at all. It's an excellent place in my career where people are coming to me for that kind of stuff," he said.

Krave didn't have much of a plan and essentially just let it flow up there day in and day out. "It's a surge of pure, raw, ill Miami flavor. Staying true to that is what I'm all about and that's what these silos are going to represent," Krave said.

He made the cans have an ethereal flow with spray spiraling around them. "There's a spray can like effect and in the spray you're going to see letters, pieces, characters - those were all influenced by the 90's graffiti boom. I'm very concerned with keeping Miami's graffiti history intact. It's really a representation of all those crews that put so much energy in and didn't have the opportunities that I have today."

Of course he put the Fresh Monkey character scaling one of the silos like Godzilla. In total, he used 300 cans of spray paint and 80 gallons of bucket paint to complete the project.

"I wanted to make it like 'these are the Wynwood spray cans - this is the source of all of Wynwood's graffiti. So this thing is representational of the timeline of Miami graffiti and what I hope to see in the future of Miami graffiti."
Daniel "Krave" Fila

Goodbye Brooklyn! #elmonofresco #kraveart Thanks! @max_db

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