Artscape's Saga is one of the World's Largest Urban Art Projects. In May and June 2019, the excellence of 26 Street Art Artists created 32 amazing Street Art pieces during 3 weeks in 12 municipalities of the Gothenburg Region in Sweden. Artscape Saga is a celebration of storytelling, folklore, and myths with beautiful Street Art. Each Street Art piece is an interpretation of a classical saga.
Nomad Clan's contribution to Artscape Saga in Stenungsund
Sticks & Spoons "Artscape Saga Tour"
We will try to cover all the Artwork in a series of articles and blog posts we have called "Artscape Saga Tour". You can read them individually one by one or as a book with chapters of our Street Art Hunts discovering the fantastic Street Art around Gothenburg with Street Art from the Artscape Saga Project. For more amazing Street Art see our Table of Content below.
Table of content
Sticks & Spoons "Artscape Saga Tour" part one 1. Artscape Saga Street Art Sweden a) Artscape Saga b) Artscape Street Art Map c) Street Art in Kungälv d) West Coast Brunch at Marstrand Havshotell e) Street Art in Stenungsund Food and Travel Guides "Artscape Saga Tour" part two 2. Street Art Tour with Artscape Saga and GIBCA a) What is Artscape Saga Project? b) Street Art in Partille c) Largest Mural Painting in Scandinavia d) Co-creating Art and Street Art Workshops e) Street Art in Mölnlycke f) GIBCA Exhibition Ollio g) Street Art in Mölndal h) GIBCA Exhibition Amalia Bille
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Artscape is a non-profit organization, founded by Daniel Wakeman and Tor Hedendahl, and is one of the world's leading actors and proponents of urban contemporary art, especially Street Art and Art in the Public Domains. Since 2014, Artscape has carried out large-scale Murals and Street Art Projects in Malmö, Gothenburg, and Värmland in Sweden.
The Artscape Saga Logo - Copyright of Artscape
We believe that the dominance of the advertising boards in the modern cityscape needs to be challenged. Great art shouldn't be confined to only galleries and museums!(Artscape Founders)
Artscape Saga was the first of two large Street Art Projects in 2019, and is considered as one of the world's largest projects of its kind up to date! With great help from a devoted team, volunteers, street art artists, sponsors, and decision-makers in the different municipalities involved in the Street Art Saga Project, 23 local and worldwide famous Street Art performers and painters managed to bring color and beauty to 32 public walls in 12 municipalities around the Gothenburg area on the Swedish West Coast!
Truly a fantastic achievement, especially keeping in mind that it just took 3 weeks to create all the Artwork!
Artscape Street Art Map
The Artscape Saga Street Art Map - as handy as it gets to find Street Art!
Street Art in Kungälv
Our first stop heading north from Gothenburg was Kungälv. And after feeling lost awhile, but seeing the lovely quarters of old town Kungälv, we finally hit our first Mural Painting.
Being Mural Hunters is exciting. You may have seen Street Art photos of every work already, but it's when you stand in front of a Mural painting, you get amazed and get goosebumps, taking your own Street Art photos of the piece.
To us, Street Art as an Artform is something much more direct, more genuine that strikes the heart in an instant. Especially the big murals can be quite overwhelming and at the same time beautifully stunning in their means of expression. We love that kind of Art!
Swedish Sagie is not only a brilliant Tattooist at the Tattoo Studio Unikum in Gothenburg; where Spoons got almost all of his tattoos from Tony B; he also does amazing Murals and Graffiti!
Like many of his paintings, the one in Kungälv has animals and birds in it, even if we're not sure a House-Hen is an actual bird? Anyhow, a favorite composition in his art is birds and animals, which he does impeccably.
We were not really sure what the story behind this great Mural piece was but we stumbled on a comment on Saige's Facebook and it appears to be inspired by the Russian fairytales of Baba Yaga!
Baba Yaga is a supernatural being, scary as heck, that among many nasty things dwells deep in the forest in a hut standing on chicken legs! It's a wierd fairytale...but a fantastic Mural Wall!
A great thing is that Artscape gives an artist a mission to do a Grafitti or Street Art piece together with the people living where the Mural and Street Art are located.
After a GPS confusion, we finally found the work made together with locals from the municipality...under a bridge which explains the GPS mishap. And how convenient that the inspiration came from Three Billy Goats Gruff. The Norwegian saga has an intriguing "eat me when I'm better"-theme including the three goats and a greedy troll living under a bridge.
When doing a search and finding Code 26's artwork online we see a raw and interesting talent for tags, graffiti, and funny, smart, and cool art! Keep drawing and work on Murals!
Spanish Artist Lily Brik has been a Street Art artist since 2015 and made this flowerful mural for Artscape Saga Project on Kongahällavägen in Kungälv.
Or "Artist" by the way. Lily doesn't define herself as an artist or even a graffiti artist. She doesn't call herself a designer. She loves all kinds of graphic expressions and likes to call herself simply "Creative". Suitable; Lily Brik does excellent and creative work which can be seen, not only in Sweden. Lily has made Street Art in Germany, Netherlands, and France for instance.
Her Mural Paintings and Graffiti work almost always includes people in common situations with colorful backgrounds. She also has a fling and thing for birds and flowers.
So the artwork she did was inspired by a saga from Central Java; "The Legend of Water Lily" (so smart!), about a Princess saving her people after turning into a Water Lily. A sad folklore story that ended up as an amazing Mural in Sweden in the Artscape Mural Project!
West Coast Brunch at Marstrand Havshotell
It was time for a dinner break and we found a West Coast-inspired Brunch on "Marstrand Havshotell" located in the picturesque Marstrand.
Art in Nature. Stone Slate is natural art that you can find everywhere in Bohuslän and the West Coast Archipelago.
Sticks taking a break with "Elli in the Belly" (Update: we are now parents to a beautiful daughter: Ellinor!) on our Sunday Road Trip.
Best Brunch dishes were the mussels, the smoked shrimps, the traditional pickled herring, and "Matjesill" Cheese Cake. The Steak Tartare and Vitello Tonnato was ok too.
From the Restaurant, you have a view over the harbor and the Marstrand Island with houses typical for Swedish fishing villages mixed up with fashionable big tree villas where the gentry of the Swedish early nineteenth century had their summer residences...wait? They still have...
Street Art in Stenungsund
We moved on to Stenungsund, to Stenungstorget at the harbor, and found this expressive mural by WiseTwo from Kenya. Each Mural Painting in the Artscape Saga Project has a story to tell. This Mural is an Aboriginal Dreamtime Story explained here which gives this Street Art painting much more depth and meaning.