More colourful Wall Poetry for Reykjavik
This year, the Iceland Airwaves music festival collaborated with Urban Nation Berlin for the second year running in getting a number of artists to do murals on several city walls. The project, called Wall Poetry aims to connect creative minds all over the world with one another.
On the Iceland Airwaves website it says that the curator, Yasha Young of Urban Nation Berling wanted to encourage artistic and creative exchange far beyond the inside of a gallery or the recording studio. “The goal was to take the invisible creative process when a painter listens to a record while painting or a musician sees a certain painting or art installation and wants to incorporate the emotional experience and inspiration in her or his songs and connect this process between the two on a very special collaborative platform.”
Iceland Airwaves under the curatorial lead of Henny María Frímannsdottir invited musicians from the line up of Iceland Airwaves 2015 to connect with a group of international street artists that Yasha Young, Director of Urban Nation Berlin curated as collaborative partners.
These two groups got the task to transform city walls of Reykjavík into canvases for art. After a careful selection the artists were connected with each other in pairs. The musicians were asked to provide the street artists with a song, lyrics or poetry especially chosen or written for this project and the visual artists were provided with a city wall as surface for the large scale work by curators Frímannsdóttir and Young.
Last year's wall art still stands in Reykjavik and this year's artworks are as follows:
PHLEGM + MÚM: ÆGISGATA
DOTDOTDOT + REYKJAVÍKURDÆTUR: KLAPPARSTÍGUR 23
HERAKUT + KRONOS QUARTET: NÝLENDUGATA / BAKKASTIGUR
DON JOHN + SILVANA IMAM: NÝLENDUGATA 27
LORA ZOMBIE + WARPAINT: MYRARGATA
HEATHER MCLEAN + MINOR VICTORIES: HVERFISGATA 88
ONUR & WES21 + OF MONSTERS AND MEN: ÆGISGATA
INO + SAMARIS: GRETTISGATA
STRØK + MAMMÚT: NÝLENDUGATA 29
LORA ZOMBIE: SUÐURGATA 3