Look Up! – Chris Reddy Street Art

In “Look Down, Not Up – Tiny Street Art”, I focused on a minuscule detail of Chris Reddy`s work. I admit this was a bit misleading, as his art is far from small.

This mural spans the length of a large building in downtown Tromsø. On his website, he explains that he likes to paint images that create energy.

Can you spot the tiny door, in the left hand corner of the above photo?

The second Reddymade work in Tromsø is far from tiny.

It is gigantic! This mural of bold colours and shapes covers all 1,200 square meters of this industrial building along the Tromsø Harbour. He and associates from Donald Mafian MC completed it in just 26 days, in 2015.

According to Nordic Wanders, this building is the perfect place to take an Instragam pic.

Maybe next time?

Look Down, Not Up – Tiny Street Art

I have walked through this narrow passageway countless times, and I have to admit that I have never stopped to study this gigantic graffiti wall, created by Chris Reddy.

But thanks to my quest to study the street art of Tromsø, I discovered a delightful surprise hidden in the middle of walkway.

I want to knock on that 15 centimeter door and see who answers. And from now on, I’m going to make a point to look down.

When Street Art Makes You Smile – Martin Whatson

I love this piece by artist, Martin Whatson.

Martin, born in 1984, grew up in Olso, Norway, and is one of the country’s leading street artists. His recognisable style, combining abstract movements with figurative stencilled compositions, is eye-catching, whimsical and fun.

What lies behind the the facades of gray? What colorful realms are waiting to be revealed if we dare to take a peek?

This work was unveiled in May 2018, in conjunction with Whatson´s exhibition at The Edge Hotel, Tromsø. So see the painting in the making, click here.

Photo: Ronald Johansen, iTromsø newspaper, May 2, 2018.

To see more of his work combining the abstract and the figurative, view his gallery, and let his street art put a smile on your face as well.

Tour Street Art of Tromsø – 85 year old Marit Bockelie

I am an artist at Once Upon a Dream Studio. So when I walk around Tromsø, I cannot help but be inspired by the local street art. And I’ve been surprised and delighted by the vast range of styles and subject matter.

From historical, cultural and beautiful to disturbing and provoking.

Each piece has a story to tell. And it is free for any passerby, tourist or native, old or young, rich or poor.

These past weeks of exploring downtownTromsø I have found some amazing street art. I’ve also learned a little bit more about the history and culture of the area. Join me on a little stroll through the town, touring the local street art.

First on the agenda is artist Marit Bockelie. She’s 85 years old and her work is incredible! She finished this gigantic mosaic in 2016, which weighs in at around 2 tons and is 80 square meters! Thousands of glass pieces from Vienna and bits of stone from the nearby mountain form this masterpiece.

Gyllenborg-Hanen (Rooster), weighing in at 2 tons and 80 square meters

Gyllenborg Rooster is located on the south wall of the historic elementary school, with the school buildingin the background, children climbing up the tree of knowledge, and the rooster proudly blowing the Nordlands trumpet. Bockelie created this with the Portuguese artist, Isabel Ferreira.

Lyskysset celebrates the beauty of Tromsø city, with the city square in the foreground, the iconic bridge and cathedral beyond that, and the magnificent Tromsøtind mountain in the background, all kissed by magical light.

Lyskysset/Kiss of Light

The quote in the lower right-hand corner reads, “Velkommen hit du første lys med solens vare vinterkyss og evig kjærlighet du bærer med som alltid aldri svikter.”/“Welcome here, you first light with our suns´ winter kiss and the infinite love you carry that never betrays” (very roughly translated).

I was delighted to find Marit has many public pieces waiting to be discovered throughout the city. So stay tuned – I’m going on a treasure hunt!

And if you are a curious as I was to find out who this 85 year old artist is, here is a great link with photos of her when she was 80. I think it is safe to say she’s got a little spunk!

“Marit Brockelie´s many faces”, by Marianne Lein Moe, iTromsø newspaper, October 9, 2013 – 80 years old!

When the Night Exhales

Sometimes nature gives me a simple reminder to exhale. To breathe out the stress and anxiety of the day, releasing it into the atmosphere.

The mirrored reflections a reminder to let go, and let peace reflect both inward and outward.

Momentary Masterpieces

It was a beautiful day for an autumn walk, the trees forming a canopy of oranges, golds, reds and rusts. I took photos of the surrounding mountains, the lake and the autumn colors. But that will have to wait, because instead, I found treasures on the waters´ surface.

The glistening reflections of the sun bouncing off the shoreline beckoned me, revealing momentary masterpieces.

Liquid light and shadows in constant motion, creating never-before-seen artwork, one nanosecond at a time.

Marbled works of wonder.

Paintings of dreams.

The ethereal a whisper away.

I’m glad I was beckoned by the dancing light.

And I will take these treasures with me, as I bid farewell to Summer´s end.