The team behind Stavanger’s internationally renowned Nuart Festival have embarked upon a new three-year public art project in collaboration with Oslo Municipality. The ambitious project will see the area adjacent to the Akerselva river, which cuts through the centre of the city, become a venue for the world’s leading street artists.
The public art project aims to celebrate the diversity of the four neighborhoods through which the river flows – Nordre Aker, Sagene, Grünerløkka and Gamle Oslo – and invite the local community to rediscover the area through the creation of an ‘art trail’ that traverses boundaries, both real and imagined.
Nuart RAD forms the core of Oslo Municipality’s five-year action plan for street art, which promotes graffiti and street art as part of contemporary art in public spaces. After the Art Order was changed in 2013, 0.5 percent of Oslo’s total investment budget is now allocated for public art. “A larger proportion of funds are used for art in the city’s many outdoor spaces, for temporary events and for projects that are developed over a longer period of time in line with the city itself,” says Lise Mjøs, Department of Arts in Oslo Municipality. “The collaboration with Nuart is a project we have high expectations for. We hope that the art projects engage and contribute positively to better urban environments”, says Mjøs.
Isaac Cordal is a Spanish artist who since 2006 has placed miniature sculptures in public places around the world as part of an on-going series called Cement Eclipses.
Made with cement and reproduced using silicone molds, Cordal’s figurines are arranged in scenes that capture the absurdity of human existence through the simple act of miniaturization and and site-specific placement. At just 25cm tall, his characters can be found hiding among the city streets in gutters, atop buildings and bus shelters, on walls and in other unusual and unlikely places. Embodying the spirit of guerrilla street art, little by little Cordal’s characters transform the urban environment in its natural habitat.
Born in 1974 in Pontevedra, Spain, Isaac graduated in Sculpture from the University of Fine Arts Pontevedra before dedicating the next five years of his life to studying the conservation of stone crafts at the School of Canteiros, also in Pontevedra. He is a founding member of Alg-a.org, a digital art community from Galicia, and member of the artist collectives Ludd34560 and Sr. Pause.
Nuart is a non-profit organization responsible for curating and producing some of the largest and most renowned public artworks in Norway, with an annual marketing value of NOK 7 million for Stavanger. In addition to the physical production of artworks, Nuart hosts symposia dedicated to investigating street art culture, film programs, street art walks as well as has its own workshop programs for children and the elderly. Over the years, media from 75 countries have covered Nuart, including Time Magazine, The Independent, The Guardian, BBC, The Huffington Post, CNN, LA Times and CNN.
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