Thursday, March 28, 2013

Street Art Reykjavik

I can only imagine that Iceland is a dark and grey place in the winter. Street art adds some color to the city, especially in areas of downtown Reykjavik. Judging from the size and work put into some of these pieces, as well as the ubiquity of the street art, I would assume that many of these pieces were sanctioned.


This was a very cheery alley way between buildings.  The two photos above are the two walls on either side of the alley.


I'm not sure what these are called... utility boxes? Either way, these are cheerier than the bland grey or green you'd see in most cities.

I like the use of a building feature, here that small box, although I'm not sure it's original purpose, in the artwork.  Remember this signature (would it be Riel? Ryel? I'm not sure) because we'll see it again later.


I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum. And I'm all out of bubblegum. 
A giraffe in 3D glasses - what?!?

I don't think the green tag is the original artist's signature - if you look around the net you can find many shots of this piece without it. I have to say I wish it wasn't there. To me, this is a perfect example of a "tag" taking away from "street art." 



A group of teens laughed and said something about "tourists" when they saw me snapping these shots. But, seriously, how great is this?

This has a great poem about snow capped mountains and the top of the building looks like a snow capped mountain. But look carefully, that snow up top isn't paint, it was some kind of white sequins so that the snow appeared to be sparkling. Beautiful and creative. 

Here's someone else's shot from another angle, you can see the shining sequins a little better.

Just look at how the mountains
so very mighty be
sharp as razors at the top
they span the land & sea

But don't forget that though
majestic spires capped with snow
from each and every grain of sand
they grow

The pimply kid and the tags or throw-ups along the bottom came along later and were not a part of the original piece. Take a look at this shot of the original snow capped mountain piece taken in 2009, more than 3 years before my visit.

And on the right is the Riel tag again, although I think it goes with the two white figures on the right, not with the snow capped mountain piece. Although, I cannot find a picture of the mountain poem without it, so maybe they do go together. I'm not sure.


Looks like that pimply kid might be the same artist as on the last piece, just judging from the style.


There's an article on Salon.com entitled Reykjavik's wild street art that shows this seal piece, above, under construction.



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