During the week that Stavanger’s Mayor Christine Sagen Helgø opened her New Year speech with support and reference to Nuart’s recent Social Inclusion Through Street Art project, Nuart has been busy inducting its latest public art project in the form of two new art billboards.
Located at the corner of Dalabrekkå & Østre Ring in the east part of the city, the billboards are installed on the same site where two commercial billboards stood for many years before being decommissioned in late 2016.
The project is a self-funded initiative and part of Nuart’s on-going ‘Art City’ program that aims to find convergence points between Street Art and the region’s city development plans; the intent being to develop the region as an international ‘hub’ and destination for Street Art culture. The two billboards display separate works by the internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist Ian Strange, who first visited Stavanger in September 2017 to participate in Nuart Festival. The images are taken from Strange’s ‘Target’ series of original artworks on found vintage photographs, which explores the cultural and social impact of Home in various cultures.
Nuart is part of an international network of artists and activists that seek to raise awareness about outdoor advertising. Nuart’s ‘art billboard’ project (there are now three in Stavanger) supplements various Nuart initiatives including artist residencies, workshops and events exploring key themes of art and public space.