Faces on Places: Guido van Helten’s Reykjavik Murals

Guido van Helten,

These murals are by Australian artist, Guido van Helten. He was commissioned to work his magic on this building after the owner saw his painting a nearby house (image below). The house mural is based on a photo of the grandfather of the woman who owns the house. The commissioned murals are based on a 1961 photo from a play that van Helten found in the Museum of Photography here in Reykjavik. I posted about the first painting (last photo in the post) back in November, soon after it was finished. Over the winter, van Helten finished two more enormous black and white scenes. This area at the edge of the city is rather plain- a few grocery stores and the harbor- and the murals are wonderful additions to the view. 

Guido van Helten

Guido van Helten,

Guido van Helton [These photos are scanned 35mm film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]

8 thoughts on “Faces on Places: Guido van Helten’s Reykjavik Murals

  1. Wow, beautiful! Thanks for posting about your journey- I will be in Iceland in a few months, it’s been a life-long dream so I am SO excited about it. I will be looking through your blog for inspiration!

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