Shai Dahan sent us an email recently about an important street art mural he just finished in Sweden. Here is what he said:
“I was asked to add a permanent piece to the city as part of their sculpture festival. This was rather historic for a couple of reasons:
1). I am the first artist with a graffiti/street art background to be asked to add a piece to the city (whereas most before me have been sculpture artists).
2). This has been done during a time here in Sweden where a very strict zero tolerance law stands against street art. The mural was provided by the help of the city as well as the modern art museum who let me have a solo exhibition in the museum at the same time. Again, first time a street artist has been asked to come into the museum and have an exhibit so it feels like progress is being made.
The mural was received very well and was praised by nearly all the papers and locals. It was an honor to add a piece here in Sweden especially during such a time where the debate over street art being a criminal act, yet, can be a valid piece of art when it is sanctioned by the city and the museum (which oddly enough, would probably have me arrested had I tried to do the same mural in the same place without permission). This is a great step forward for the street art culture and hopefully more murals will begin to rise soon.”
We’re completely behind Shai’s mission so if you are a street artist and want to get exposure through Origin of Cool, please feel free to submit your work to David through this link: http://www.originofcool.com/submit-cool/
Shai was also part of an art collective in Stockholm in April. Check out his mural here:
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