Reykjavik is home to just 201,000 people (of Iceland’s 318,452) but it punches well above its weight when it comes to the arts. Its musicians, designers, writers, painters and sculptors are world-class and its graffiti artists are producing stunning and startling street art.
Rob Young took the featured image, above. The art reads: “Just look at how the mountains so very mighty be sharp as razors at the top they span the land + sea but don’t forget that though majestic spires, capped in snow … From each and every grain of sand is how they grow.”
This is part of the Mountain Series by Theresa Himmer. The three murals – Waterfall, Volcano and Glacier - were created around the time of the economic crash in 2008. They explore the commodification of nature in Iceland and, through the use of sequins, show how the light and winds seem to change the landscapes. Have a look at this short video of Volcano:
If you’re going to Iceland and want to see some street art, check the Hverfisgata, next to Laugavegur and the streets around the old harbour.