The Power of Simplicity

Le Silence de la rue

Despite using simple drawings and a monochromatic color scheme, this animation conveys a very powerful message of being unable to escape busy urban life. The contrast between black and white helps emphasize the idea of hopelessness and lack of liveliness while being away from nature. The artists’ use of varying lines also create texture within the piece, making it much more engaging when animated. The storyline of the animation is quite simple but still manages to communicate ideas of being trapped in city life through quick transitions away from nature scenes and constant motion of the main figure, reflecting the busy cities. I think this animation is a great demonstration of how strong messages can be communicated through simple images. It also shows how easily-recognizable scenes and objects can allow the audience to create deeper meaning for themselves as they are able to more openly interpret the piece and relate to the artwork more.

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