Even more Street Art: Local artist creates giant mural in Aalborg

by Nathalia Hentze Nielsen

The streets of Aalborg have gradually been transformed into a museum of living art, and tourists from near and far make sure to add a tour of the city’s Street Art on their to-do list when they visit. 

Most of the stunning murals that adorn the walls of Aalborg have been created by international artists but the latest creation is actually by a local artist.

This local artist has gradually made her mark several places in the city and goes by a name you may recognize: Frida Stiil Vium. 

Biggest wall yet

The 23-year old artist has spent the last six years travelling the world (and Aalborg) with her spray cans and creative mind. Many beautiful works have come from this but this time it’s extra special.

Two weeks ago, Frida painted her highest wall to date –  and it just happens to be in her hometown.   

“I’ve long dreamt about working on a gable in Aalborg and started looking for one that fit,” Frida explains.

She worked with Amalie Sofie Skoven and the owners association to get permission to paint the 25-meter high wall.

“It’s really big!” she says laughing and continues:

“We needed a lift to move up and down, and it took a whole week before it was complete.”

A symbol of 2020

The motifs of Frida’s works of art extend far and wide. Still, there are some meaningful and noteworthy ideas and symbols in this particular mural.

The name of the piece is “2020” – a year that’ll be remembered for years to come. 

“I am sure many will agree that 2020 has been odd – and because of this, I think it’s important to focus on the positive things,” Frida explains.

“The wings in front of the girl’s face symbolize corona. In the foreground, the dove depicts hope for the future. Her dark skin signifies black lives matter, and the scale in the dove’s beak stands for equality and justice,” Frida says.

The colors are inspired by the local area, while the exotic elements and palm trees are characteristic of Frida’s style. The woman, who to a sharp eye might resemble Frida Kahlo, is naked as a symbol of the #metoo movement and wears a hair bun to relate to the everyday life of women.

“It’s been so cool to have complete freedom for this project,” Frida says about her latest work. 

You can view the wall at Stranden/Jomfru Ane Gade 16 – or, in other words, near the disco known as Heidi’s Bier Bar, which sits in the back of the street. 

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