Nordic Walls: Stop 1- Reyjkavik
In 2021 we invited local artist, Angry Dan to take his iconic street art to walls in the Nordic countries. Working in partnership with the Nordic Fringe Network of festivals, we wanted to share some of Angry Dan’s vibrant east London art with an international audience, in the belief that it would bring them as much joy in their daily life as it does ours.
The first expedition was to Reykjavik where Dan painted his balloon mural on the walls of Hôtel Leifur Eiríksson in 101 Reykjavik, directly opposite Hallgrímskirkja. Puffins were included as Iceland’s national bird. We would like to thank our partner Reykjavik Fringe for their incredible, unfailing support in making this project possible.
Further expeditions were planned for Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden in Sept 2021 and Trondheim, Norway in Oct 2021. Sadly, Covid restrictions meant that these events could not take place – and we are looking forward to rescheduling them for 2022.
Dan Ryder (AKA Angry Dan) is a poet and painter. He writes limericks about every aspect of modern life and culture, then paints them as colourful public artworks. In 2019 he created his biggest commission to-date: a 16-mural strong street art treasure hunt in East London, commissioned by Mayor of London for London Borough of Culture – Waltham Forest. If you live in east London you will have seen his landmark limerick murals on your daily journey: if have been to Chats Palace you will have seen his bowler hat mural above our bar.
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