Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fintan Magee's ‘Monument to a Disappearing Monument’ Mural in Stavanger for Nuart Festival

Fintan Magee Street Art Mural in Stavanger for Nuart FestivalHookedblog have been in Stavanger, Norway attending the 16th edition of the annual Nuart Festival. We have already shared a selection of works created on the streets of Stavanger by Belgian stencil artist Jaune(Previously on Hookedblog), now back in London we are slowly working our way through a weeks worth of photographs taken during our visit to Norway.

While we were in town we fortunate enough to catch Australian artist Fintan Magee (Previously on Hookedblog) in action putting the finishing touches to his epic Nuart Festival Mural. Titled ‘Monument to a Disappearing Monument', Magee spent two weeks working across two 50m silos on this dual mural that is one of the largest works to date created in the city.

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Of the new mural Magee has said; "In the beginning of 2016 global oil prices dropped to their lowest in decades. The slump has been driven by and a lack of demand attributed to the rise of the fracking industry, more Fuel efficient vehicles, a lack of investment in exploration and a number of other factors. 

Norway, one of Europe’s biggest oil producers has been hit hard by the price slump and in the oil city of Stavanger, house prices are falling, unemployment is rising and restaurants are closing. Some now predict that Norway could lose close to 200,000 oil jobs by 2020.

This mural painted on two silos in a soon to be demolished industrial district depicts an oil worker standing at the edge of the city, the reflected image on the right is created using a Rorschach technique and the paint appears to be is breaking to pieces and disappearing. The work directly addresses the issue of Job loses in Western Norway while further commenting how our global economy, changing markets, the collapse of Western industry, privatisation and technological advancement has left working class people and their families increasingly marginalised, isolated and left behind."
— Fintan Magee.

FIntan_Magee_07_Nuartfestival_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYFintan Magee putting the finishing touches to his latest mural for Nuart Festival 2016.

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Our friends from FifthWallTV were also in Stavanger for this years Nuart Festival and have produced this short video in which they catch up with Fintan Magee's taking about his mural, be sure to check it out.

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