Posted by: Idioma Extra | August 26, 2014

Topical Tuesdays

U.S. street artist combines social media and art with Costa Rica mural


What do pen-and-ink drawings and Instagram hashtags have in common? Colorado-based street artist Kelsey Montague.

After working as a social media strategist in New York, Montague merged her love of social media with her passion for drawing by creating an interactive street art project. She started by painting a pair of angel wings in New York along with the hashtag #whatliftsyou (what lifts you). Visitors to the mural were encouraged to interact with the piece and post photos to Instagram accompanied by the hashtag. There are now more than 3,000 photos posted on Instagram with the hashtag and another mural in Colorado. Even celebrities Taylor Swift and Vanessa Hudgens have joined in.

Speechless right now and so incredibly thankful. Thank you to everyone for the support...and to @taylorswift for posting this pic and supporting my art. I have no words. Taylor I respected you before as an artist, a woman, a female entrepreneur, a musician and an actress but now I also see your heart. Thank you to everyone for interacting with the wings and thus giving me wings as well. Xx #whatliftsyou #nowords #sodeeplythankful </p>
<p><a href=        Love this photo @vanessahudgens just took in front of the angel wings! --- Sometimes all it takes is one person to see your wings in order for you to fly.

Costa Rica got a pair of wings over the weekend, for Montague’s #whatliftsyou international debut  at the Hotel Milvia in San Pedro, San José. A few Instagrams from Costa Rica have already started to pop up.

The most amazing week spent with the most amazing people! First crack at @kelseymontagueart  wings in COSTA RICA! So proud and grateful to have met you and been apart of your creation! #whatliftsyou #love #travel #costarica #bethechange #wanderlust #art #streetart GOOD Travel lifts me :)#whatliftsyou #puravida #costarica @good_travel


The U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Gonzalo Gallegos stands with artist Kelsey Montague at her #whatliftsyou mural in San Pedro.


You can find more of Montague’s work on her Instagram page @kelseymontagueart. Here are some of her Instagrams from her trip to Costa Rica.

The taste of Costa Rica #puravida #imperialbeer Hitching a ride to Costa Rica. Can't wait to explore this country (and make some art) </p>

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