The 2018 edition of Mural Istanbul has just wrapped, slightly later than planned after a deluge of rain during the last week.
The seventh edition of this mural festival was held in two different municipalities of Istanbul between June 20th and 16th September with a short break from the festivities during August.
The district of KADIKÖY held the first part of the festival which saw five artists add to the murals from previous years.
Artez completed the first of this years murals with this piece titled “Beautiful Journey” The mural is of a friend of Artez’s who is depicted reading a book about a journey in Turkey. The items surrounding the character show what he imagines whilst reading the book. Artez dedicated the wall to his dog Luna who passed away one week before the festival. On the bottom left of the wall you can see a picture frame filled with Luna’s face.
Brazilian artist Arlin was the second artist up, completing this epic geometric tiger in eight days. Animals are the principle theme in Arlin’s work and he likes to show how nature is fragmented by the modern world. The placement of this wall really adds to the piece with the tiger appearing to be attacking the train line that runs below it.
Turkish graffiti artist Omeria created this insane mural in just five days. The artist clearly influenced by hip hop used acrylics and spray to complete the colourful and creative wall. I can only really describe the piece as of a crazed looking multi armed cartoon spray can who is also happens to be a b-boy/graffiti artist. Omeria’s tag is at the bottom of the character and I love the boombox the character is holding under his arm.
Croatian muralist Lonac was one of this years invitees and he left behind this large scale wall titled “intermission” This was Lonac’s first time using acrylic and spray on such a large wall but it you wouldn’t know it. The mural depicts the artists friend Tina taking some time out on a chair with a book. Something a lot of us should find some more time to do.
Last up on part one is this wall by Turkish street artist Max On Duty This wall was an unexpected bonus for the organisers and was done on the last two days of the first part of the event. This was Max’s first wall on such a scale but like Lonac you would never guess.
The theme of max’s work is futuristic characters from other worlds or times. This mural is of an robotic armoured ram which he has done in two of my favourite colours, green and purple.