The “Out in the Open” mural project celebrates its fifth year dedicating murals to the city of Aalborg, Denmark, curated by Kirk gallery. Many street artists have painted large murals over the past four years, such as Wes21 & Onur, Guido Van Helten, Conor Harrington, Faith 47, Sepe & Tone, Bezt , Herakut and David Walker .
Adding another mural to the city of Aalborg is Portuguese visual artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils’, as part of his Scratching the Surface project. Vhils has been developing this project since 2007, in nearly 90 locations in over 30 countries around the world, spanning a variety of contexts. An ongoing series of large-scale mural compositions on the public space, they are carved onto the surfaces of walls in chiseled strokes, with the exposed layers providing the necessary contrast and depth to bring them to life. Mostly based on human portraits, the project aims to bring life to cities and to render public space a more humanized environment.
On his inaugural venture into Danish soil, the first session of the work in the mural took place during the night, allowing the citizens of Aalborg to wake up in the morning to a glimpse of what was to come.
Once again, he made use of his groundbreaking carving technique, based on removing the wall’s top layers with non-conventional tools, that has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the urban art scene on a global scale.
For Aalborg Vhils created a portrait of a young lady – one of the everyday heroes the Portuguese artist usually pays homage to, people that shape and are shaped by the cities they live in.
Other invited artists this year include, Seth (F), Telmo Miel (NL), Oliver Vernon (US) , Fintan Magee (AU), Joram Roukes (NL) and Nils Westergard (US).