During my recent trip to Stavanger I took a walk around the harbour to the Oil Museum. For a reason I don’t recall, I decided to walk around an old building. What greeted me on the other side was a mooning Mona Lisa!
After tweeting the picture, I was sent a link to an awesome Google map of Stavanger’s street art, opening up a whole new side to the city I never knew existed. The driving force behind it all is the Nuart festival, established way back in 2001. At each year’s festival, Stavanger’s extensive street art collection grows a little more. It’s discoveries like this that make me realise why Stavanger shared the European Capital of Culture title with Liverpool in 2008.
I didn’t have long in Stavanger, but I followed the map for an hour or so to catch some more of the city’s urban art:
But it’s not just artwork on walls that lights up Stavanger’s streets:
- Outside the oil museum there is a bizarre Geopark, a cross between a playground, oil field and graffiti site
- No Norwegian city would be complete without statues and sculptures, of which Stavanger has its fair share
- Tree trunks brightened up with coloured ribbons!
What’s your favourite piece of Stavanger street art?