Street Art and Murals in Berlin, Germany

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Just some of the prolific street art and murals I spotted in Berlin during my visit in February 2017. Fans of Sense8 and superfans of the character Wolfgang may recognize the image above as the backdrop for a football scene in one of the episodes.  Berlin4

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35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more posts from Germany.

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Faces on Places: Guido van Helten’s Reykjavik Murals

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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.]

Reykjavik Street Art- January ’14

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This “map” of Iceland on Hverfisgata is made from bits of glass and mirror, and looks wonderful in the sunlight. There’s a magnificent, enormous bouquet of mushrooms and other colorful fungi on the opposite wall in this overgrown little lot. I recommend checking it out.

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland As the lettering on this suggests, it is directly behind Dillon Whiskey Bar on Laugavegur. Honestly, go behind almost any building on Laugavegur and Hverfisgata and you fill find great art. I think the misc appliances and electronics in this little courtyard are a great addition to the piece.

Street Art in Reykjavik, IcelandIt’s hard to tell from the photo, but this “drip” on Hverfisgata is made from sequins, so it moves in the wind, just like the mountain top between Hverfisgata and Laugavegur (right around the Lebowski Bar area).

[The photos in this post are scans of unedited film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]

 

Reykjavik Street Art- December

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

My younger brother, a street artist, arrived this week to spend ten days with me, so we’ve been walking around hunting down all the best works of street art in the city. Hfervisgata is under construction, and so, of course, the street is full of great works of art.

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland Notice the “Bank of Laws” sign above the elephant. I’ve seen about a half dozen signs in this “series” in the city criticizing “kolkrabbin” (the octopus), dissenting locals’ term for bankers and other capitalist big wigs.

Street Art in Reykjavik, IcelandThese last two photos are from the amazing skate park between Hverfisgata and Laugavegur that is now in the process of being torn down for new construction. It was an veritable paradise of graffiti, murals, and clever ideas. I took some snapshots of the park when I visited in February that show it in all its pre-demo glory.

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

[The photos in this post are scans of unedited film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]