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Norwegian 'Street' Mural Fit for a King

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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If you happen to be flying over the Norwegian countryside anytime soon, do yourself a favor and forget the advice of not looking down.

 Photos:  Ella & Pitr

Artists lie next to the mouth of "Lilith and Olaf," which is said to be the largest figurative outdoor mural in the world, to demonstrate its size.

Peppered throughout a small town called Klepp, you'll see some incredible street art. Except, it's not all painted on the street. Some of it is quite large, and the biggest of it is actually on the tops of several buildings.

It's part of a rather extensive street art festival called Nuart, which draws street artists from around the world to coat the landscape in their own kind of graffiti. This year, two French artists have painted what is billed as the largest outdoor figurative mural in the world.

The mural, created by French artists Ella & Pitr and painted with an "army" of volunteers, sits atop the construction company Block Berge Bygg in Klepp, Norway.

"Lilith and Olaf," as it is called, is the concept of artists Ella & Pitr. It takes up most of the 21,000 square-meter (approximately 226,040 square-foot) roof of Block Berge Bygg—which happens to be a construction company—near the Sola airport, according to The Huffington Post.

French street artists Ella & Pitr have painted what some are saying is the largest figurative mural in the world, as seen in this drone video.

The artists and an "army" of volunteers took just four days to create what Designboom says is a monochromatic girl wearing shorts, a tank top and red-painted toenails. She is dropping a crowned man from her fingers.

The figure, Designboom says, is a depiction of King Olaf I of Norway, who ruled from 995-1000. His birthplace is cited as an islet in Frøylandsvatnet, which is a lake not far from where the artists chose to paint the mural.

A closeup of "Lilith and Olaf" shows the detail in the mural on top of the the construction company.

But "Lliith and Olaf" isn't the only street art you'll find at the Nuart festival, which The Huffington Post says will open for the 15th time on Sept. 4.

The figure includes a depiction of King Olaf I of Norway, who ruled from 995-1000. His birthplace is cited being as not far from where the artists chose to paint the mural.

Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington, the co-founders of Brooklyn Street Art, say that Jamie Reid (the "original Sex Pistols graphic designer"); Futura (a "NYC graff guy who painted live behind the Clash while they played for an entire tour"); and Icy & Sot are additional artists to watch in this year's festival, according to Huffington Post.

The festival runs through Oct. 11.


Tagged categories: Artists; Contests; Graffiti; Murals

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