Ceramic Speaks in the Street by Daria Makarenko

This stone used to be my heart

“Ceramic Speaks in the Street” is a series of street art by Russian artist Daria Makarenko where missing bricks or stones on a wall or panels absent from pavement are replaced by bricks/stones/slabs with thoughts and phrases. The idea was to take an architectural item from an urban space and replace it with something thought provoking that can communicate between the artist and the viewer.

Silence also keeps a message
No need to break it

Each expression gives the passersby something to ponder and to interpret in their own way.

My small bamboo boat grew up and became an icebreaker

It’s a stone! Not a chocolate bar!

I was writing a fairy tale but it turned to be an absurd drama

The world is full of walls

It is time to spit out a chewing gum and say something

Just pass by: nothing serious but exaltation

True geniuses were never afraid of banalities

Never saw anyone kissing at this spot…

The project’s pieces were located throughout the streets of Stockholm, Sweden from 2011-2012.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.