The first phase of the Dubai Street Museum project, being jointly implemented by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office, and Dubai Municipality, saw the participation of prominent international mural and graffiti artists from across the world. The artists painted a total of 16 murals on themes drawn from the UAE’s history and rich heritage.
Artists from different genres of art participated in the first phase of Dubai Street Museum titled the ‘2nd of December Street’ project. They included prominent names such as the German artist Case Maclaim, Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, French artist Julien Malland, also known as Seth, and Russian artist Julia Volchkova.
The ‘2nd of December Street’ project was curated jointly by Rom Levy and Sanaz Askari, founder of The Mine, an art gallery based in Dubai.
International artists who participated in the project expressed their happiness at being able to contribute to the creation of murals, as it allowed them to learn more about the UAE and the Gulf’s tradition and culture.
The ‘2nd of December Street’ project saw the participation of 12 international artists. One of the artists, Case Maclaim, who hails from Germany, is considered a pioneer in photo-realistic graffiti. Case is widely recognized for his breathtaking images of twisted, abstract portraits and body shapes that go beyond reality and step into the realm of the surreal while challenging the audience’s preconceptions of what beauty is.
Ernest Zacharevic combines fine art techniques with a passion for creating outdoor art. Experimentation lies at the heart of Ernest’s style, with the only constant being the dedication to his ever-changing concepts. Ernest is also interested in the interaction of murals and the urban landscape, with concepts arising as part of a spontaneous response to the environment, the community and culture.
French artist ‘Seth’ is an exceptionally talented Parisian street artist who works in a wide variety of mediums including paintings, sculpture and tapestry. He is internationally recognised for his eye-catching and dreamy murals of child-like characters painted in locations across the world.
Other artists who participated in the project include Polish artist who goes by the name of ‘1010’, Tunisian artist Mohammed Kilan, also known as ‘Inkman’, Chinese artist Hua Tunan, French artists Zepha, Kan and L’Atlas, as well as Norwegian artist Martin Whatson and UAE resident NA7T.
The Dubai Street Museum project, jointly implemented by Brand Dubai and Dubai Municipality, seeks to highlight the UAE’s unique history, heritage, achievements and aspirations through public artworks.
The full line-up included:
1010 ( Poland ) | Seth ( France ) | Case Ma’Claim (Germany) | Julia Volchkova ( Russia ) | Kan ( France ) | Ashwaq Abdulla ( UAE ) | Maisoon Al Saleh ( UAE ) | Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi ( UAE ) | Martin Whatson (Norway ) | Inkman ( Tunisia ) | Hua Tunan ( China ) Vincent Abadie Hafez aka Zepha ( France ) | Ernest Zacharevic ( Lithuania ) | NA7T ( Egypt ) | L’Atlas ( France )