Second run of the project dedicated to artistic exploration of the city
Hidden streets, forgotten passages, Zagreb parks treetops and Upper Town nooks and crannies again this year will be turned into places where passers-by spontaneously meet art. Internationally renowned French, Spanish and Australian artists will also enliven various Zagreb sites.
Zagreb, 19 July 2019 – Last year, in cooperation with the Zagreb Tourist Board, the first run of the Artistic Project “Around” took place. Small interventions into the very city itself enlivened public city spaces. Red carpet to Upper Town, new kumica on the stairs towards Dolac, colourful characters playing with urban elements and plants that play music on touch – these were just some of interesting interventions that delighted citizens and tourists alike.
This summer too, from 17 of August until 1st of September 2019, over twenty-five sites in Zagreb’s very centre will turn into places where art spontaneously touches city’s everyday life. Artists with various artistic expressions will create urban interventions to point out the beauty and the potential of well known or some forgotten public spaces. That includes art installations, urban green design, street art, interactive design and photography. At the same time, artistic intervention will map out all these sites into unique walk around the city, for everyone to find “piece of art”, get surprised and, sometimes, even get a laugh.
Together with a dozen of Croatian artists, this year some world renown names will leave their trace in Zagreb. French couple Ella & Pitr is known in international street art circles by their over – dimensional caricature characters, Spanish artist Javier Riera is one of the masters for landscape light installations, and Australian Michael Pederson conquered global public with his humorous street miniatures staged at unexpected places.
“This unique project turns every walk in the very centre of the city into small artistic exploration of Zagreb. A number of urban interventions that will “sprout” during August from Upper Town to the Main Train Station combine street art and both domestic and international creatives, offering special experience to all visitors of city public spaces.“, said Martina Bienenfeld, Managing Director of the Zagreb Tourist Board.
The event is organised by Nas dve (Ana Mikin, Tina Kovačiček), supported by Zagreb Tourist Board. Other project partners: The French Institute, Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to the Republic of Croatia, Air France, Erste&Steiermärkische Bank, Floraart, JUB and Tošo Dabac, Archive / Museum of Contemporary Art / City of Zagreb.