Street Artist Martin Ron for ‘Out in the Open’ 10-year Anniversary, Aalborg 2023

The city of Aalborg, in Denmark, has become an open-air art gallery thanks to the long-running ‘Out in the Open’ mural project, curated by Kirk Gallery. This year they are celebrating its 10-year anniversary!

Murals from Wes21 & Onur, Guido Van Helten, Conor Harrington, Faith 47, Sepe & Tone, Bezt, Herakut, David Walker, Seth, Vhils, Telmo Miel, Oliver Vernon, Fintan Magee, Joram Roukes and Nils Westergard are just a few of the artists that have contributed to Aalborg’s open-air Museum over the decade and this year expect to see nine new murals!

The first mural to be introduced this year to ‘Out in the Open’ is by Argentine Martin Ron and his Australian assistant Matt Gorick, who have been working early morning to late night for 16 days bringing ‘Olivia and her Heart of Gold’ to life.

Being 600 m2, the amazing Martin Ron really did go BIG on his mural in the heart of Aalborg, Denmark, encapsulating reflections on resilience and the power of love and hope in difficult times.

The mural is situated on a hill in front of the town’s main park. The story of Olivia depicts hope and trust in love.

“In the centre of the composition, Olivia, dressed in red, looks at us defiantly. Her eyes beam with determination and bravery as she holds and clings to a golden heart-shaped balloon. This heart, apparently repaired from a previous puncture, remains inflated, symbolizing the ability to overcome adversity and heal our emotional wounds.
‘Olivia and Her Heart’ invites us to embrace our own courage and vitality, to face obstacles with determination, and to not let life’s pricks defeat us. She reminds us that love and hope can be restored. Questioning our limitations to face challenges and to persevere in the defence of our most cherished values.

In addition, she inspires us to find strength in our vulnerability, to mend our damaged hearts, and to stay inflated with love and hope, thus illuminating our path in the search for fulfilment and beauty in life.”

Martin Ron

Check out the images below of this stunning mural…

Photo Credit Lene Kirk



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