A massive mural has appeared on the side of a building in Zagreb as part of the “Okolo” art project.
The mural was done by famous Croatian fine art and street art artist Lonac, who has painted numerous walls on various continents and conquered the local and international street art scene anew every time with his works.
His realistic murals are ranked among the best in the world, and the latest in the series can now be seen in Zagreb, more precisely on the side wall of the Agency04 building at 37 Klaićeva Street.
The mural, titled “Flegma” (phlegmatic), depicts a portrait of a young person at the end of adolescence, illustrating a certain period in life that we all have to go through. This impressive mural in pastel tones visually emphasises the contrast of light and shadow, and thanks to partners Up Rent and JUB Hrvatska, it does so in the full height of the three-story building.
“Okolo” is an art project dedicated to art in public space and the community, which every year presents dozens of temporary artistic interventions that revive a number of public spaces and turn them into places where art spontaneously touches the everyday life of the city.
It puts local artists and their personal experience and vision of the city in the foreground, while bringing contemporary art closer to a wider audience. By placing works of art in the city landscape, “Okolo” wants to beautify the streets/face of the city and encourage a different kind of walk through Zagreb, where everyone has the opportunity to get to know the city from an artistic angle, be surprised and discover something new.
This mural has a special meaning because it remains permanently for Zagreb, its citizens and tourists, and it would not be possible to achieve it without the support of the Zagreb Tourist Board, the City of Zagreb and partners: Up Rent, JUB Hrvatska and Agency04.
“Okolo” was launched in 2018 by Nas dve (Ana Mikin, Tina Kovačićek) in cooperation with the Zagreb Tourist Board. The red carpet to the Upper Town, blue clouds and a singing forest in Park Bela IV., golden hands in Obrtnički prolaz, the woollen heart that became a symbol of Zagreb’s recovery after the earthquake, a silk sculpture in Tomićeva, a large floor mural on the playground above Dubravka road, light an installation in the canopy of Ribnjak park, a godmother on the steps of Dolca, a sleeping giant in Petrinjska, cute street miniatures playing with urban elements and plants that play to the touch – these are just some of the interesting interventions with which “Okolo” has already enriched the streets of Zagreb and at the same time delighted the citizens and tourists.