13 Artists ‘Rewild’ City Streets For Nuart Aberdeen Festival 2023 — Colossal

13 Artists Rewild City Streets For Nuart Aberdeen Festival 2023 | RetinaComics


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June 22, 2023

Grace Ebert

Faint. Photo by Brian Tallman. All images courtesy of Nuart Aberdeen, shared with permission

Regeneration it is an approach to conservation that allows nature to reclaim its space and form a self-sustaining ecosystem. The practice of restoration has become a prime solution to remedying environmental degradation and part of the lexicon for climate activism. In Scotland, the increasingly popular approach also brings discussions of land use and access to the fore, paralleling the way people move around cities.

Using rewilding as a way to reimagine what it means to nurture street art culture, the 2023 Nuart Aberdeen Festival brought together 13 artists earlier this month. Held June 8-11, the annual festival has commissioned works that explore the tension between sanctioned murals and unauthorized tags synonymous with street art. Projects include Thiago Mazza’s vivid rendering of native plants, Nespoon’s reference to the craft traditions of the area’s Bon Accord Bobbins Lace Group, and Murmure’s imprisoned goldfish explaining plastic proliferation and inaction in relation to the climate crisis . Swoon, known for her intimate wheat pastries, has even come out of retirement to create a series of portraits scattered across the walls and hidden in doorways and alcoves.

Nuart organizers said the goal this year was to « provoke reflections on what a city where art is truly free might look, sound, smell and feel. » See more from the festival onwards Instagram.

A portrait of a child on a pink door

Faint. Photo by Brian Tallman

One mural features goldfish in a plastic bag with a label over its shape.  The wall has appeared on a commercial building

I murmur, « Anarchy. » Photo by Brian Tallman

A floral lace mural is on a wall with green grass in the foreground

Nespoon. Photo by Brian Tallman

A vibrant floral mural peeks out near a commercial building with plants in the foreground

Thiago Mazza. Photo by Brian Tallman

A gray and yellow landscape mural sits next to a brick building

Escif, “polluted forest”. Photo by Brian Tallman

A woman wearing a beige top with her face turned away from the viewer looks back at lush greenery and clasps her arms in a mural on a brick facade.  A bell tower is in the background

Eloise Gillow. Photo by Brian Tallman

A mural of two women standing with their backs to each other, each turned to the side and wearing neutral tops and black pants.  Greenery surrounds them

Eloise Gillow. Photo by Brian Tallman

An ethereal portrait of a woman on the edge of a building against a green background.  Trees are in the foreground

Tamara Alves. Photo by Clarke Joss

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