Graffiti vs. commissioned mural

To tell the truth, I prefer the graffiti. The sailor/fisherman was painted on the side of the building that houses the Ministry of Industries and Innovation and is, in my opinion, a muddy version of the stereotypical image of the rugged old fisherman holding the wooden steering wheel of his boat, except here, of course, he isn’t all that old. All that’s missing is the pipe, which isn’t surprising in this day and age. This imagery has been done before, and better.

The graffiti, on the other hand, has depth and can be interpreted in a number of ways, besides being pretty well executed.

Edit: I’ve found out more about the commissioned work. It is part of a project called Wall Poetry and is under the aegis of Iceland Airwaves, an annual music festival that takes place in Reykjavík in November, and Berlin’s Urban Nation. Artists and musicians were invited to collaborate on works of art, resulting in 10 new murals on various walls in and around central Reykjavík. The fisherman is a collaboration between Evoca 1 and musicians Saun and Starr, inspired by the song “Gonna Make Time” by the latter.



A closer look at the fisherman:



Zombies on the go

I recently spotted this zombie art on the side of the building across the street from the Hlemmur bus depot. I’m pretty sure it is a piece of commissioned art and not graffiti:


Up close:

More murals: Sara Riel edition

This is Fönix or Phoenix by Sara Riel. It is located in Nýlendugata, downtown Reykjavík. Here it is photographed from Mýrargata. You can easily see it when heading up Mýrargata, away from the sea.
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Here are more photos and information about the project and the artist.

Another mural by Sara Riel. This is titled Ræktaðu garðinn þinn/Cultivate your garden and is located at Seljavegur, downtown Reykjavík.
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More information about artist and project.

More murals by Guido van Helten

I already posted photos of Guido van Helten’s work in Skagaströnd, and yesterday I finally went and got some snaps of his mural projects in Reykjavík. These are on two houses down by the sea. This link will tell you more about the first mural, and this link will take you to more information on the other three murals and the artist, as well as to a link to a Google Map showing their location (beneath the last photo).

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In close-up:

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