Street Art

 

After almost a month in Norway, I finally got a chance to ‘meet’ Oslo. A great way to feel the atmosphere of a place is to go on one of those free walking tours which more and more major cities around the globe offer.

'We shall live in peace someday / 22.07.2012'

'We shall live in peace someday / 22.07.2012'

 Erik Pirolt, Norway

Erik Pirolt, Norway

The casual, easy-going feel of the alternative tour in Oslo turned out to be the perfect lazy Sunday activity. It was dedicated to urban art and our guide was a young professional photographer from Estonia (as far as I remember). She walked us through colorful passageways, alleys and streets showing us large stencils, ‘hidden’ artwork you would otherwise miss, as well as small not-so-touristy bars and cafes.

'don't you hurt me', Herakut, Germany

'don't you hurt me', Herakut, Germany

Øivin Hørvei (Cloudfather), Norway

Øivin Hørvei (Cloudfather), Norway

Phlegm, Great Britain

Phlegm, Great Britain

m-city, Poland

m-city, Poland

Not surprisingly, most of the walls we gazed at were in Grünerløkka, the once working-class district now popular as the hipster area in Oslo. The highlight of the tour for me was art from the two most famous Norwegian street artists – Dolk and Pøbel (they did a great job in Lofoten). Artists from Poland, Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany have also left their mark on the walls of Oslo.

Pøbel

Pøbel

Dolk - the Norwegian Banksy, according to our guide

Dolk - the Norwegian Banksy, according to our guide

c215, France

c215, France

 

 

 

I’m tempted to do the tour again, especially if we have another Indian summer weekend!

Diana

 

 

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