More Street Art In Helsinki Project

More Street Art In Helsinki project ran a contest in the summer of 2016, where people around Helsinki could suggest a place for street art. More than 30 submissions were given all around the city, with all different kinds of locations, and in the end, three houses were chosen. These houses are located quite far from the city center, and have not had many murals yet. After searching the world of street art and hearing residents’ requests, three professional, world-class street artists were selected to paint the murals on these walls. In the summer, the artists worked on their drafts based on the requests from the residents, while the rest of the group worked to get the necessary permissions for the murals from the city. After all this, the painting will finally commence in September–October 2016.

More Street Art In Helsinki is a project that aims to enliven the city with street art and bring street art to places where it is most needed. Street art provides easy tools for creating lively, comfortable and attractive environments. Impressive murals have the potential to improve livability and safety of a neighborhood as well as to highlight aspects of its identity.

More Street Art In Helsinki -project was initiated in the summer of 2015 and has since then actively taken part in public discussion on the status and future of street art in Helsinki. In 2016, one the major events within the project will be the More Street Art for Your Hoods -contest, where residents and communities can suggest new places for street. Based on the experience gained from the contest and the processes of executing the street art pieces, an operational model called More Street Art In Helsinki will be created.

More Street Art In Helsinki also maintains an active Facebook page promoting street art culture and arranges other kinds of activities connected to street art. During the year 2016, a project called Brahe Art Park will be completed. In this project the surroundings of the Brahe Park in Helsinki will be transformed into a more comfortable, colourful and fun location – with the help of street art. More Street Art In Helsinki is the Spearhead Project of the Finnish Cultural Foundation in 2016. Photos Maikki Rantala