New York, Barcelona or east London. Sure. But Stavanger, Norway?
Yes, the fourth largest city in Norway, Stavanger, is one of the world’s hotspots for graffiti and street art.
Every year, since 2001, the NuArt festival has been held there — and 2014 will be no exception. This is an international festival, bringing in artists and art lovers from all over the world. Both sanctioned and unsanctioned public pieces can be seen all over the city in the beginning of September, in addition to an indoor exhibition at Tou Scene.
Once you get to Stavanger, it may seem like a small sleepy town, but like Jaunted.com wrote:
It took about 10 minutes of meandering the (literally) vibrant streets before we found a store called “SHIT” and a bohemian coffeeshop packed with locals keen to tell us where to find free WiFi and where to walk to see the best graffiti.
After the festival is over, some of the works will remain and become an integral part of the city, while other less permanent art is either removed or eroded away by time.
Below we’ve gather some of the most interesting pieces. These can all be seen downtown, or in and around Stavanger. For more information on the NuArt festival, and more pictures from previous years, visit: nuartfestival.no. All pictures below are taken from the official website.