The organisers of Mural Istanbul are planning on extending the festival to other districts and municipalities of the city. This year saw the district of SARIYER, close to the black sea become the first area to participate. Held as the second part of the festival between the 3rd of September and the 16th of September three more artists contributed new murals.
Leo Lunatic has been painting his panda character around the streets of Istanbul since the early 2000’s and for the festival he painted one of these panda’s on a much larger scale. The soft pink background belies the barbed wire circle surrounding the panda not to mention his pretty mean looking facial expression.
Festival Co-founder and multi-disciplinary artist Esk Reyn created the final mural for the festival which is located very close to the sea. The wall took longer than expected due to the inclement weather in Istanbul over September but was well worth the wait. Esk mixes organic and mechanical forms which have come together to create this futuristic abstraction piece.
Last up is the second wall from Max On Duty . Not content with just one wall Max left behind this second wall one street from Esk’s near the black sea. Taking five days to complete this mural depicts Max’s two cats but once again with that futuristic vibe. Both cats have a 50/50 mix of real and robotic which is a really nice touch.