Photo Friday: Reykjavik Street Art

What can I say? It has been a whirlwind few weeks making our way through nature’s playground – Iceland! While I did happen to miss Wednesday’s post, I give you some Friday awesomeness to bring in your weekend.

Reykjavik, Iceland has some of the best street art/graffiti I’ve seen and on a massive scale. The colors are just stunning along with the fact they take up an entire side of a building. It is a wonder how so much art comes from a population of 300,000. It brings a smile to my face knowing that art is not only plentiful but is encouraged in any medium. It is a staple of their culture!












22 Responses to “Photo Friday: Reykjavik Street Art”

  1. Tom @ Waegook Tom September 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    The chicken, the giraffe and the monkey are my favourites here. Give me cartoon animal graffiti and I give you smiles! I LOVE street art, and like you say it’s awesome that such a small population produces this kind of art 🙂

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      There were too many – I couldn’t pick my favorite. I liked them for very different reasons. LOVE though!

  2. Dani September 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Who knew that Reykjavik had such awesome street art! Love the guy with the big red lips 🙂

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      I think the red lips guy is winning the popular vote. It obviously caught my photo-eye!

  3. Amanda September 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    I LOVED walking around Reykjavik and seeing all the street art. Like you, I was surprised to find so much! It just adds to how colorful the city is.

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      I especially love all the hotels and houses near the docks that were painted from leftover paint!

  4. Andrea September 15, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    I took some if these exact same shits when I was there last year! The street art was pretty darn cool. Did you see the guerilla knitting on the trees too?

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      I didn’t see that one and now I’m a bit sad that I didn’t. It really was peeking out of everyone corner. Do you have a pic?

  5. Lane September 15, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Excellent. Iceland’s street art kicks America’s street arts butt!

    • Erica September 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      RIGHT? I guess it depends on where you go as well because NYC has quite an amazing collection.

  6. Alex September 19, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    This was one of those things that I LOVED about Reykjavik. Some of the street art that I loved was less traditional too, like a map of Iceland made of broken glass and what looked like dripping paint made out of glitter. It’s a magical place and like you said its inspiring to be around so much creativity!

  7. Ayngelina September 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Interesting that a lot of it seems very cartoony – not a lot of stencils that you see in other countries.

    • Erica September 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      I love both to be honest. It was kinda refreshing to see something new.

  8. Juno September 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Hey! I have the second last one too! 🙂

    • Erica September 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Well, it can definitely be described as eye catching!

  9. Arti September 20, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    Cute, Colorful and Creative!!!

  10. Katie September 20, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Wow those are beautiful!!!!!! NYC has beautiful street art but this might rival that!

    • Erica September 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      I have seen a bit from New York but I would put the styles in different categories. While Reykjavik is extremely colorful, I would say that NYC has more technical pieces.

  11. Kent @ No Vacation Required September 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    We loved the creativity there! We must return. Next time, we’ll go when it’s warm 🙂

    • Erica September 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      We said the same thing until we realized it doesn’t get much warmer… 😛

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