The Dutch city of Heerlen in the southernmost province of Limburg recently rounded up their 2nd edition of Heerlen Murals Project. The idea of this ongoing project is to bring life and fresh energy to the streets and the daily life of the city. Heerlen experienced a strong hit to the economy since the closing of a coal mine back in the 60’s, and through programmes such as this one, it is slowly getting a new, positive and recognizable image. By bringing world class street art onto its facades and streets, the organizers are not only changing the visual identity of the city, but its general identity.
This year’s edition included new murals by international artists such a LA’s art collective Cyrcle. (seen above), large scale portrait master from Germany, Hendrik Beikirch ECB, Argentinian muralist Inti, Case Maclaim with his photorealistic work, Brazilian graffiti artist, Finok, German typography legend, Stohead, and few others. Along with organizing and creating new murals through the city, this year’s event included a large gallery show Hypergraffiti: A visual language of an obsession, held at Mural Museum in Heerlen.
Photo credit: artists / Heerlen Murals Project / Sanne Gijsbers.