Reykjavik Street Art Feb. 2014

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Street Art in Reykjavik, IcelandFor more by the artist of the blue haired figure in the first photo (I’m basing my assumption here on the unique style of painting the hair), check out an earlier post.
[These photos are unedited, 35mm film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]

An Explosion of Colorful Art on Skipholt

Street Art in Reykjavik, IcelandI recently stumbled across a block in a relatively boring area of Reykjavik that was simply overflowing with beautiful, colorful street art. To find all these great pieces and more, go to about Skipholt 2, then look into every alley and walk through to the back sides of any buildings that have art in the alley.

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland


Oh, and there was this. I don’t know what this is. But I love it.

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Reykjavik Street Art- January ’14

Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

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.]

 

Little Acts of Civil Disobedience

Anti-Capitalist Street Art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Across from the Parliament Building in Reykjavik, there is a sculpture called the “The Black Cone, Monument to Civil Disobedience.” On January 20, 2012, almost two years ago, Santiago Sierra split a huge rock using a black cone. The performance and the resulting sculpture represent the impact small acts of necessary civil disobedience and citizen protests can accomplish. In honor of his sculpture, here a few less dramatic protests I have spotted around the city.

Yarn Bombing in Reykjavik, Iceland

As I recently explained,  “kolkrabbin” (the octopus) is the term dissenting locals use for the collective body of bankers and other capitalist big wigs. I’ve seen three or four different, but clearly related, designs of these wheat paste posters. There seems to be something like half dozen of each design spread around Reykjavik 101 and surrounding zip codes.

Anti-Capitalist 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.]

Beauty in the Unkempt Corners

Reykjavik, Iceland

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 Let me show you Derelicte.*wink*

Reykjavik, Iceland

The photos in this post are scans of unedited film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000. A note on why I generally refrain from editing my film shots: 1) It’s more fun to create a good picture in the camera and 2) The internet is full of gorgeous images of Iceland. There is absolutely a place for creating works of art from a photo. However, most of the time these don’t reflect the true colors and sense of Iceland. The photos in this post are a little dark because the day was dark and the sun was too low to reach the streets I was shooting on, even at it’s highest point. My goal is to create images that reflect the Iceland that I see and adore.

Colorful Heads, Thumb Trees, and Other Icelandic Curiosities

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

This lion and other face? are two of four gorgeous artworks hidden in this tiny alley. If you are visiting Reykjavik, they are on Bergstaðastræti right off Laugavegur and very easy to find, but you probably won’t notice them unless you are looking for them. Here is a link to the spot on google street view, which also shows you a glimpse of one of the two pieces I didn’t photograph. Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Strangely enough, this magnificent and disturbing tree faces a preschool or kindergarten playground. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. 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.