Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Stavanger, Norway: A Street Art Hot Spot - Part 02


As promised here is the second of our two part post covering a selection of the street art we managed to capture on a recent visit to Stavanger in Norwary which plays host to the annual International Street Art Festival NuArt. For those who missed the first part of our coverage of this street art hot spot, the post featured work from Vhils, Evol, Dan Witz, Dolk, JPS, Martin Whatson, C215 and Pobel. You can catch up and see it here.

Continuing with our coverage of Stavanger street art we will be sharing work in this second post below from Dan Witz, David Choe, Swoon, Nick Walker, Hush, Herakut, Dolk and Eine. For a city of its size, Stavanger has a surprisingly extensive collection of quality street art on display on the streets that grows a little more each year with large scale murals, stencils, pasteups and stickers from some of the worlds leading international street artists all of whom have all passed through the city since the festival's inception in 2005.

With the festival organisers locating new walls each new year for these visiting artists, a large portion of the works from previous NuArt editions are still on view around the city. Some aged by the towns costal climate, others still looking surprising fresh considering their age. With works from as far back as 2008 still to be seen, Stavanger is unlike other urban centres were street artists often compete for a small number of wall spaces. This results in shorter live spans for many works which are on occasion painted over within 24 hours of their creation. While we are not in favour of seeing these empheral works protected or preserved behind perspex sheets, we do love seeing street pieces such as those in Stavanger that have been aged by time and the elements such as this weathered looking paste up below from D*face who was invited to Stavanger way back in 2008!



HUSH's vibrant mural from the 2013 edition of Nuart brightened up our day on a wet and windy afternoon as we took a stroll around the city with Natalie Hegert from Artslant who was invited as part of this years Nuart Plus program which saw her on the panel for a discussion on Street Art and Activism.



A few pieces from stencil artist Nick Walker are still to found on the city wall including a censored version of his iconic Mooning Lisa piece which is very impressive considering these stencils were created in 2009.


UNKNOWN_HOOKEDBLOG_0724_PHOTO_©2014_MARK_RIGNEYSwoon_HOOKEDBLOG_1528_PHOTO_©2014_MARK_RIGNEY Beautiful hand painted large scale paste-up from Swoon sits alongside the work of David Choe on this city centre wall.


The work of Dotmasters at Tou Scene, a multi-levelled former brewery and venue for the NuArt exhibition and Nu Music, Norway’s underground music festival which happens to takes place the same weekend Nuart begins.

For the street art enthusiast visiting the city there is a link to Google Maps available on NuArt festival website (and below) pinpointing some of the location of the work. The team at the festival have also created its own iPhone app powered by Geo Street Art that allows you to locate Nuart's street work on your iPhone from previous years around the city.

Stavanger city itself is only a short jump from London serviced with flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports making this a great destination for lovers of street art and with us having only scratched the surface of the cities street art  in our few short days in town we look forward to our return to the city.

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