Nº48 Street Art in OsloBKiddo
Oslo, Norway is famous for many things such as their scenic views, vikings and folklore, and their delicious seafood. A major part of the Oslo aesthetic however is the famous art pieces found around the streets of the city. The history behind street art in Oslo is actually due to the housing crash in the early 1900’s which left many buildings vacant for artists to showcase large paintings and graffiti art. That being said, it wasn’t until 2016 with the implementation of the Oslo Street Art Action Plan that street art was fully accepted. Now it is considered part of the Norway culture and what attracts visitors from all over the world.
Some of the most popular art districts to visit are Tøyen and Grünerløkka, neighbourhoods in the centre of Oslo. These sites are home to a countless number of murals highlighting bright colours that are open to everyone. Works by artists such as Steffen Kvernerland, Adrian Platkovsky, and Martin Whatson are just a sample of some of the art found in Oslo. Also, pieces by artists well known in Barcelona. Like El Pez, Zosen and Chanoir.
Oslo seeks to showcase art that depicts something connected to the area. For example, one of Whatson’s most recent projects for example can be found in the town Horten, a coastal town in the Oslo region that played a central role in the history of the vikings. The mural demonstrates an ancient Viking ship!
Tøyen has more recently been visited by travellers because of the beautiful area it has become. The area has become popular for its local shops, cafes and restaurants, Tøyen is surrounded by gardens and their beautiful artwork. Located here you can also find the Edvard Munch Museum, one of Norway’s most famous artists. Graphic novelist Steffen Kvernerland, has even created a mural located in Tøyen that depicts Munch himself. Alongside pieces like this are thousands others surrounding the city, urban art is becoming more and more popular. Overall, the district’s goal has been to become Scandinavia’s biggest open air art gallery, a goal in which they are close to obtaining.