The international street art festival POW! WOW! just had its second Rotterdam edition on Sunday September 15.
With a street art program of vibrant live music performances, live painting, a breakdance program featuring the worldwide elite, and visitors from all over The Netherlands and far beyond, who wanted to celebrate all this with the people of the Afrikaanderwijk, it was an overwhelming success.
More than 10.000 visitors visited the Afrikaanderpark and the surrounding
Afrikaanderwijk. During the POW! WOW! week prior to festival day, thousands of street art aficionados already visited the neighbourhood to wander among its murals being realised.
Festival director Dave Vanderheijden: “I proudly look back at this sophomore edition of POW! WOW! Rotterdam. It was beautiful to see the diversity of its audience and witness the way in which art, music and dance can connect people with each other. That’s exactly what POW! WOW! is all about.”
Twelve murals and a ship were painted, Californian artist Spenser Little and London’s Slinkachu went around the Afrikaanderwijk to leave surprising art installations. Locals treated the artists to freshly brewed coffee and a tone of compliments. The festival was received with much acclaim by its visitors. On Sunday, September 13, 2020, POW! WOW! returns to Rotterdam.
We are very grateful for POW!WOW! Rotterdam for having us. Check out our recent post of the artists at work here and our recap below!
This year edition revealed the first time ever collaborative work by artists Smug and duo Telmo Miel. The brand new mural can spotted right outside the Rijnhaven metro station. The artists are definitely looking at another opportunity to collab again.
Spenser Little is a self-taught artist who has been bending wire for the last 15 years, allowing his creativity to morph into images that range from simple wordplay to complex portraits. He has related his wire work to a mixture of playing chess and illustration, as the problem-solving component of the work is what continues to inspire himself to create larger and more complex pieces. Spenser Little’s installations can be seen all around the festival area.
Woes was the first artist to have completed his mural for the festival. It’s his first time too painting in Rotterdam.
There was another artist collaboration with Slinkachu and Spenser Little creating this excellent piece. Surprisingly it lasted quite a long time on the streets before it was taken away.
The French artist duo Murmure expanded their ‘trash’ series at POW!WOW!. This piece can be found at Martinus Steijnstraat.
London based artist Slinkachu created 8 installations all hidden away in the botanical garden. The work is so tiny that you can easily pass by without noticing it.
Super A painted a Pinocchio portrait with his signature style. It happens to be his son’s portrait underneath the Pinocchio spiral.
Said Kinos lives and works in Rotterdam. His work expresses a fascination for the way people communicate with each other. Communication through language, symbols and (social) media is one of the main sources of inspiration for his work. Through a background in graffiti and a bachelor degree in Graphic Design, Saïd developed a strong passion for typography and other visual forms of communication.
Dany Rumble’s mural can be found at Christiaan de Wetstraat, Afrikaanderwijk, Rotterdam.
Artistic duo Dourone painted the portrait based of one of their friends photographs Audrey. The work is entitled Audrey 02.00 as there are exactly 2 seconds between the two shots taken of her portrait.
Rotterdam based illustrator and muralist Nina Valkhoff. She loves covering her walls with plants and animals especially endangered species to make people aware of their existence.
Australian and Amsterdam based artist Helen Proctor painted in the park on the Festival ground.
Helen focuses on abstract landscape painting both in her studio and on large-scale mural projects. Her current practice explores the use of colour and methods of abstraction to depict the emotional nostalgia that is revived from a personal connection to place.
Jaba painted his wall dedicated to his friend Engsu Lee that passed away while he was painting this mural. It was great to get and see him progressing on his detailed and complex mural.
The Festival had many murals and installations to offer to the public. There was also some boat action! SMOK painted a floating boat which will stay a while for passer by to enjoy.