Inspiring Street Art – Walls of Women

“For centuries, many stories of ground-breaking women scientists, explorers, artists and the like have been overlooked. In Tromsø, Norway, there is not a single sculpture portraying a known woman. WOW Tromsø is committed to telling their stories by making their murals.” – Liv Ragnhild Kjellman, founder of Walls of Women

This mural of Wanny Woldstad (1895-1959), was unveiled in August 2018. Designed by Liv Ragnhild Kjellman and Christopher Ide, it explores the complex life of Wanny. Adventurous and bold – she was the first female trapper on Spitsbergen and the first female taxi driver in Tromsø. In addition, she was a writer, a matron (managing several households) and an elegant woman. This painting portrays the many “faces” of Wanny.

According to WOW´s website, more murals are planned for the future. All with the purpose of lifting the women’s achievements. I, for one, am looking forward to showing my children this historic street art, as well as learning more about influential Tromsø women as each artwork is unveiled.

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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?