A fascinating Street art above the arctic circle
Where to find it
Already in Norway places # 8 I wrote about eye-catching things left and right of the rural streets of Norway.
This same effect I experienced during my Norway 2018 tour on Andøya: While driving through the village Bjørnskinn I saw this painting on a barn. It was coincidently, there was no sign or similar advice of "look there" - nothing.
Just this silent amazing street art 50 to 100 meters off the street Fv974 - huge enough to see it by driving along.
What fascinated me
The real fascination to me was my own surprise to have a high-quality art experience without expecting it. Coming from Berlin in Germany I am used to see such paintings but not here, not in this landscape, not above the Arctic Circle where people have really different issues than doing such a painting onto a barn.
Normally nature is the eye-catcher on Andøya: The landscape, the light, sometimes in winter Northern Lights and the animals such as whales in close Andenes or Atlantic puffins and sea eagles on Bleikøya.
Another thing I liked was the silence of the picture - coherent to the peace you can feel as a visitor of Andøya. It is not shouting, not looking, not grabbing; it is even only
in black and white with some little grey scales. The whole art is not wanting interaction but I started interacting without getting answers. Still fascinated.
I do not know the name of the artist. I would call him "Barnsky", remembering famous street art painter Banksy. A big "THANK YOU" for that moments.
To me this street art is a reminder to all the pieces of art I did see in the cities of Norway and in its rural landside - worth to discover.
Some Tips for travellers
Andøya is the most northern island of Vesterålen, a group of islands near world-famous Lofoten.
- The island and area around is really worth a stay and exploration for a few days.
- Andøya has its own official scenic route.
- Next airport is EVE (Harstad/Narvik lufthavn in Evenes).
Next Hurtigruten port is Risøyhamn closely located on Andøya. Here you can find also a little
decorative piece for Hurtigruten photography.
- In summer there is also a ferry between Andenes and beautiful island Senja which has another very scenic route.
(c) Author: Mark König, August 1 2018