15 pieces of intense street art in Reykjavik

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:

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Another view of Glacier. Photo by mckaysavage

The icecap on Klappastigur, Reykjavik by Theresa Himmer

The icecap on Klappastigur by Theresa Himmer. Photo copyright Gunnar Thór Nilsen / blog.icelanddesign.is

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.

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Bath time in Grímsstaÿaholt. Photo by borkur.net

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

No one on the corner got swagger like us! Photo by jayneandd

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Photo by Rob Larsen

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Photo by Alwbutler

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Photo by Rob Young

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Photo by yourbartender

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Photo by mckaysavage

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Art in Grímsstaÿaholt. Photo by mckaysavage

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

How to tie a tie. Photo by Alwbutler

Street art in Reykjavik, Iceland

Photo by jayneandd