No Title Interview about his project «City Tree»
Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: City Tree
Location : Odense, Denmark
Year : 2019
1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?
I have chosen a piece called City Tree which is located in Odense, Denmark. In this piece I wanted to work with the city space surrounding the wall to emphasize certain aspects.
2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?
I came across this specific building while scouting for walls in Odense, and it had everything I was looking for. I often go out and try to find walls that I want to work with. I especially like the kinds of places that have no real identity – the drab nondescript places that sort of just escape your attention. These types of my projects are legal – otherwise they would disappear very quickly.
3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?
The space directly in front of the wall is a parking lot – which is a special kind of non-place devoid of meaning. But just outside the parking lot is a park with a winding river and a lot of trees – and this is what I wanted to build on and expand. I wanted to emphasize what makes the surrounding area special and build a symbol of that place.
I chose to work with stylized tree as the central element in the piece. The tree is a recognizable feature in much of my work and an element that spans many different cultures and mythologies. The tree as a symbol is also a placeholder that is very open for personal symbolism. I also introduced a wave element connoting the winding river running through Odense. The intertwined branches, reflections, waves and repetitions are reminiscent of thought processes which are a central feature of my work and a way to connect to the brains of people in the neighborhood. In this particular piece I adjusted the aesthetic with inspiration from paper cutting as an art form to connect to the cultural history of the city.
4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?
I have worked on walls in Odense many times so this is just one of several pieces in the city space. This relatively small city has an exceptional beautiful natural park area around the river that winds through it, so this is what I wanted to use in the piece. I wanted to create a strong visual presence for the people in the neighborhood.
5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?
I occasionally do collaborations or work from a creative input from other people and I do enjoy getting new inspiration from the social interaction. My creative process is, however, quite introvert and meticulous, so I mostly work alone in the sketching phase.
6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?
I want my work to have an effect in people’s minds and guts when they encounter it. There is more than enough indifference to go around, so I consider it a job well done when it spurs people to respond in any way.
7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?
This is mostly out of my control. If the people in the neighborhood want to keep the mural, I would like it should stay as long as possible.
8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?
I have had a lot of feedback from passersby who had not even noticed the wall before and were happy about the addition. In a sense, I hope I have succeeded in creating a new space in the city.
9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?
The weather was extremely hot which gave me some issues with keeping the paint from drying too quickly.
10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?
I am planning several big walls and working on sketches for these projects.