“This town has not been touched by large-scale street art before,” explained van Helten. “I know that people have questioned why the city is spending money on art, instead of painting over the grafitti. I love that in the process of painting the blocks, it beautifies it and brings attention to a building in desperate need of artistic value. Suddenly, instead of tearing a building down the council is more likely to fix the block up to make it nice. This creates more value, and I’ve seen it happen over and over again in different places.”
Stine Selmer Andersen from Sermersooq Business Council said: “Colourful Nuuk is the heart of the Greenlandic nation and the city embraces contrasts in nature, culture, history and people. These paintings underline diversity of the city’s atmosphere by portraying something historical and traditional in a modern way.”
The next time you visit Iceland, see if you can spot the artists’ other works in the Reykjavik and Akureyri. You can also find van Helten’s work in the city of Brisbane, Australia.