Brussels-based stencil artist Jonathan Pauwels creates urban interventions of tiny sanitation workers on pipes, door frames, and brick walls. “Jaune” stencils theses illustrations around the streets of the Belgian capital, giving onlookers a peak into the miniature world of the workers. They tend to be involved in hilarious situations where they seemingly fail at their job, and create more danger to themselves than any good.
On his website, Jaune said of his works: “Despite performing an important public service in garish fluorescent clothing, I observed that [sanitation workers] exist in the background of our urban environment, becoming almost invisible to the average person.”
“It was in 2011 that I decided to free these characters from their roles by symbolically placing them in ever more absurd and whimsical scenarios in and around the city streets. Those who were supposed to keep the world tidy have become harbingers of chaos.”