When someone says “graffiti” I tend to think of psychedelic colours and tags in suburban areas. Of course that isn’t always the case and probably the most well known artist, “Banksy”, rarely uses much colour, is very clever, often humorous and frequently carries a political message (IMHO). Nonetheless I still see it as graffiti / modern art.
But just because the canvas of an artist happens to be a large outside wall, does that mean it has to be graffiti? This question arises from wandering around Reykjavik on another grey, rain lashed day. We stumbled upon a factory with painted scenes on its walls and a house with a face looking out from its end. This is the work of Guido Van Helten and we were blown away.
My photographs cannot do justice to the images, partly because the weather was so grey so that the building simply blends in with the grey of the sky, but here are a couple of shots of one of the factory scenes.
Overall we weren’t too enamoured of Reykjavik itself as a place for sight seeing (though do check out the amazing countryside), but this set of open air art was a real prize for our wandering. The sheer scale, detail and impression they gave. For me this was the number one attraction in Iceland’s capital city and one we found quite by accident.
So back to the title, art, graffiti or both? What do you think?
You can learn more of these murals at Guido in Iceland. Please note the titles I have put to the above images simply reflect my own choices.
Have a great weekend.