Reykjavik's street art
Reykjavik's emerging street art scenery greatly contributes to the city's creative atmosphere.
Iceland and its capital of Reykjavik is known to possess that discreet nonchalant, laid back and hip vibe. Its multi-colored roof tops being one example of its noticeable quirkiness (all of which can be seen with a bird's eye view from the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church). It is indeed a truly captivating city, and only after a few hours of carelessly strolling up and down its streets, chances are you will want to reconsider the date of your return flight from Iceland!
To many, Reykjavik is thought to be one of the most artistic capitals in the world: a large portion of the population being musicians, photographers, painters or just uber-talented in every way, shape or form.
Getting the message through
Reykjavik's emerging street art scenery also greatly contributes to the city's creative atmosphere. Street art is present worldwide. It is there to tell a story and passively convey a message, a thought or a simple idea. Through Reykjavik's street art, one can easily establish the city's vibe and atmosphere. The shapes and colors used, as well as the objects depicted through street art or the murals downtown convey a sense of calmness, security and peace, not to mention the abundance of animal subjects as well as nature (we wonder why…).
From vandalism to art
Once perceived as vandals, street artists nowadays are only required to obtain permission from Reykjavik's property owners in order to legally paint on walls. It provides the city with a new vibrant and contemporary look, which, is valued by many.
The growing acceptance of this kind of art is probably one of the major factors contributing to the daily emergence of fresh appearances as well as its omnipresence within the city center itself.
Unlike many European capitals, one doesn't need to go far or search hard in order to find street art in Reykjavik. The majority of it is located within a walking distance and decorates the walls of downtown Reykjavik.