Street art is finally getting the recognition it deserves and Stavanger´s Nuart Festival is the perfect example of how street art is developing in Norway.
It´s crazy, if you think about it, that just a few years ago street art was a crime and artists had to do their work incognito making sure not to get caught. Nowadays street art is a big expression of colors, elements and ideas which represent the city and give a city a unique touch. With the East Side Gallery Berlin has made street art popular and now many cities are starting to understand its beauty.
Stavanger´s street art festival takes place every year and with artists from all over the world presenting their work in the streets of the city of Stavanger in southern Norway, a street art tour can become a fun quest trying to figure out where these pieces are and which are the best.
We decided to do that as well and went searching for the weirdest, most colorful and most interesting pieces around the city. Here is what we found.
Bahia Shebab delights us with her outdoor mural in Arabic which reads “how big is the idea”. A message which not many Norwegians can understand, but which suits its location so well, that the whole area seems like a piece of designer work of which Shebab´s mural is just one part.
The most colorful
Martin Whatson rocks again, this time together with street artist Sandra Chevrier. In their piece “Junction” you will see influences of modern and contemporary art which create a perfect mural full of colors and life.
In 2013 street artist Hush painted this mural in the city of Stavanger. An amazing contribution to the Nuart Festival of that year and a piece which is so intriguing, that you can look at it for hours and still find new little details.
This contemporary version of a Matryoshka presents a female without eyes covered with grafittis. No matter how you interpret this piece of art, this is definitely the coolest mural in Stavanger.
The most interesting
The most interesting piece should be the most unique and difficult to find and in this case the price will definitely go to the mural of the opossum flying an airplane. This piece is not only incredibly large, eye catching and interesting, but it´s also only visible from the inside of the Myhregaarden Hotel in the city center of Stavanger. A real gem when it comes to street art.
Stavanger is getting covered with street art and with such an interesting festival adding pieces like these every year, I can’t wait to see what the city will look like in the future.
If you want to go explore the city yourself and find your favourite street art murals, go to Nuart Stavanger and download the interactive map of the city including some of the new murals from this year.