What is the philosophy behind the interactive Space Utopian street art?

#PUSHTORESETTHEWORLD

  • Push to reset the world, sticker art at a pedestrian crossing (NYC, USA).
  • Push to reset the world, sticker art on a toilet (Ljubljana, Slovenia).
  • Push to reset the world, sticker art on a door handle (Berlin, DE).
  • Push to reset the world, sticker art at a pedestrian crossing in Lisbon (Lisbon, PT).
  • Push to reset the world, sticker art at a pedestrian crossing(Prague, CZ).
  • Push to reset the world, sticker art on a Marshall amplifier (Planet Earth).
  • Push to reset the world, sticker art at an ATM (Athens, GR).
  • Push to reset the world, sticker art in an elevator (Antwerp, BE).
  • Push to reset the world, sticker art on a soap dispenser (Berlin, DE).
  • Push to reset the world, sticker art on a ticket dispenser (Charleroi, BE).

What would you change if you had a chance to reset the world and improve it for future generations? Space Utopian Art tries to trigger the soul who comes across this sticker by planting a seed for small conscientious shifts. Whether they see it on a light switch at their friend’s apartment, a toilet’s flush button in their favorite bar, or a pedestrian button on their way to work, I want people to visualize a hard reset. What should improve in this vale of tears in which they live? These stickers, designed to interact with as many souls as possible, should make them wonder about what needs to change so that they and possibly the remaining 99% out there can live a more fulfilling and equitable life. What would our world look like if we reset our planet to its factory settings?

The world can only change from within.

ECKHART TOLLE

#MORELOVELETTERSPLEASE

  • A request for more love letters in Trieste, Italy.
  • A request for more love letters in Slovenia.
  • A request for more love letters on a mailbox (2021 © by @daisyw1ldflower (Leeds, UK))
  • A request for more love letters on a mailbox (2021 © by @vero_2018 (Antwerp, BE))
  • A request for more love letters on a mailbox (2021 © by @postlerin75 (Ljubljana, SI))
  • A request for more love letters on a mailbox (2021 © by @tweet_streetart (Melbourne, AU))
  • A request for more love letters on a mailbox (2021 © by @katzenbushaltestelle (Planet Earth))
  • A request for more love letters on a mailbox (2021 © by @whatifier (Naples, IT))

This interactive slap tag is designed to combat the negative spiral that has taken hold of our society by inspiring people to write love letters. It doesn’t matter if they send loving messages through snail mail, email, or text message to their loved ones, themselves, or even complete strangers they admire and appreciate. I believe that as long as we collectively spread more love than hate, we can stop this globalized cycle of negativity. Because we are divided and need to come together again as one global community. That said, love might be the answer to all our woes. So, why not spread it freely more often?

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

JIMI HENDRIX

#WHYAMINOLONGERATREE

  • Why am I no longer a tree? Sticker in the streets of Slovenia, 2022 © by @Space_Utopian (Slovenia).
  • Why am I no longer a tree? Sticker in the streets of Slovenia, 2022 © by @Space_Utopian (Slovenia).
  • Why am I no longer a tree? Sticker in the streets of Slovenia, 2022 © by @Space_Utopian (Slovenia).
  • Why am I no longer a tree? Sticker in the streets of Slovenia, 2022 © by @Space_Utopian (Slovenia).
  • Why am I no longer a tree? Sticker in the streets of Slovenia, 2022 © by @Space_Utopian (Slovenia).
  • Why am I no longer a tree? Sticker in the streets of Slovenia, 2022 © by @Space_Utopian (Slovenia).
  • Why am I no longer a tree? Sticker in the streets of Slovenia, 2022 © by @Space_Utopian (Slovenia).
  • Why am I no longer a tree? Sticker in the streets of Slovenia, 2022 © by @SpaceUtopian (Slovenia).

I am a big fan of trees. They are majestic, mystical, and social beings that have the strength to endure whatever Mother Nature throws their way. But unfortunately, these carbon-munching powerhouses are being decimated by the choices humanity makes daily. This sticker is for all the trees that have been cut down and miss being a tree. Numerous majestical creatures that provided us with much-needed oxygen now serve as benches, picnic tables, landscape timber, etc. We can easily produce most of these products by upcycling, recycling, or reusing certain waste products. Hence, the importance of the trees’ question, “Why am I no longer a tree?”. Trees are designed by nature to hold and clean water, produce oxygen, and prevent soil erosion. They even release chemicals (called phytoncides) that can make us happier! So, whenever you see something crafted out of wood, think about whether it was worth cutting down an environmentally sustainable factory for that specific purpose and slap this sticker on it so that others may give it some thought as well.

“What you make from a tree should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down.”

RICHARD POWERS, The Overstory

#ISYOURHEARTOKAY

  • Is your heart okay? Sticker in the streets of Belgium (Antwerp, BE), 2022 © by @bqtim (Antwerp, BE).
  • Spaceutopian Sticker Art. Changing the world, one sticker at the time. #spaceutopian
  • This image shows a round, white, minimalist sticker from the street artist @Space_Utopian with the text "Is your heart okay?" on a grey pole somewhere in the streets of Ljubljana.

When I ask the passerby, “Is your heart okay?” I do so because I am curious about whether or not they are connected to the love within themselves. Throughout my short life on this planet, I have learned that our society is one outlandish cross-breed. The absence of the reassurance and nurturing of love in a high-tech, digitized society disconnects us from real life. Even though we are connected with a plethora of people on social media, more and more people feel isolated every day. So it is about the right time to ask yourself, your loved ones, and the strangers in your vicinity if their hearts are okay. Collectively, we have to do some inner work to free ourselves from all the blocks that keep us feeling separate from our soul tribes and show that we have some love for each other.

Broken crayons still color.

DAVID WEAVER

#YOUNEEDYOU

  • You need you! Sticker in the streets of Slovenia, 2022 © by @Space_Utopian.

You can become the designer of the emotional life you crave. Let this sticker serve as your wake-up call. Life’s challenges seem endless, but you have what it takes to handle your emotions and cope with any obstacles. Give yourself the credit you deserve. You’ve made it this far and are still putting up a fight and leveling up. Allow this statement, “You need you!” to remind you of the human potential in you. Why would you settle and continue to live within your limits? Why wouldn’t you use all your mental and physical capabilities to respond creatively to obstacles? Take a deep breath. You possess powers of various sorts and have the potential to successfully react to the disruptions of life while remaining rooted in a healthy, meaningful, and empowered state.

My precious, YOU are the one you’ve been waiting for.

YOUR INNER PILOT LIGHT

#HOWAREYOULIVING

  • A sticker with a philosophical question: How are you living? (2021 © by @on.part.quand (Québec, CA))
  • A sticker with a philosophical question: How are you living? on a cupboard.
  • A sticker with a philosophical question: How are you living? In the streets of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2021 © by @barbara.ribnikar (Planet Earth)).
  • The content of a Space Utopian Art sticker pack (2020 © by @sgrueva (Bulgaria))
  • A sticker with a philosophical question: How are you living? In the streets of Murska Sobota, Slovenia.
  • A sticker with a philosophical question: How are you living? In the Julian Alps, Slovenia (2021 © by @dstropnik (Julian Alps, SI)).

It’s always a good idea to occasionally check in with yourself and assess your life. Take stock of where you have been, where you are, and where you are going. This sticker is designed to encourage people to take some time to ponder this philosophical question: “How are you living?” and reflect on where they currently are in their lives. Thus, hopefully, triggering the radiant souls who lay eyes on this slap tag to venture on a quest that will help them answer various hard questions. For example, are they still on the right path—heading towards the goals which excite them? Are they genuinely proud of who they have become? Are they contributing to a better, more balanced, and more equitable world?

Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.

Jerzy Gregorek

#SAVETHEPLANETEATABILLIONAIRE

  • Save the planet, eat a billionaire. Sticker in the streets of Brussels (BE), 2022 © photo by @heyheyheychloe.

Trickle-down economics is a proven myth that has left a bitter taste in our mouths. Hence, this sticker addresses how billionaires hardly contribute any of their wealth to strengthen the society that has enabled them to become so wealthy but eagerly make their money talk by engaging in stealth politics. Now, what are the responsibilities of this planet’s billionaires? By fairly paying their taxes, they can positively impact billions of lives. For example, about a 1 percent contribution from the world’s billionaires would provide more than enough resources to end extreme poverty today. But why stop there? Fair taxation, cracking down on tax evasion, and forcibly shutting down tax havens could mobilize the requisite level of funding to help end global hunger, conserve nature, protect biodiversity, and promote sustainable, inclusive green growth for ALL. And if that doesn’t work, why not have them fund a certain percentage of their wealth to solutions (of their choosing) that help solve some of the world’s more pressing issues? Until then: save the planet, eat a billionaire.

There are 2,755 billionaires in the world today, with an estimated wealth of $13.2 trillion. Even just 1 percent of this wealth … would yield a flow of $130 billion per year.

Homi Kharas (The Brookings Institution)

#STOPTHESUICIDEECONOMY

  • Stop the suicide economy. Sticker in the streets of Slovenia, 2022 © by @Space_Utopian.

I want to address our economic systems’ human and environmental costs with this sticker. Why? Because the impact of these costs will affect us all and will mortgage the future of coming generations. Approximately 1 million people commit suicide every year (about one person every 40 seconds). Even if only 10% is due to the pressure of financial hardship, it’s a high price to pay in the name of profit. Simultaneously, by releasing pollutants into the air, soil, freshwater, and oceans, changing the atmosphere and interchangeably the climate, and wiping out numerous species, we are mortgaging the youth’s future. Our society has become technologically advanced but seems oblivious to the actual cost of ever-higher human activity. Yet, we can still turn things around. We can stop the suicide economy if we are brave enough to rethink our ways. Business, as usual, is no longer an option if we (and future generations) want to survive on this spherical spaceship.

“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”

Mahatma Gandhi

All Space Utopian stickers are my artwork and, consequently, my intellectual property. Even when placed in public spaces, all Space Utopian stickers are copyrighted. I retain all the rights to these interactive stickers that I have created. Hence, no one else is allowed to reproduce, share, or publish the art for commercial use without my explicit consent. The author always needs to be credited when publishing photos of the artwork. – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED! 2014 © Space Utopian (aka #spaceutopian).