The NuArt Festival is Norway’s largest street art event which has been running since the turn of the millennium throughout the city of Stavanger.
Over the years it has attracted a high callibre of international street artists with the 2016 cast of an equally high standard.
Featured throughout the Scandanavian city are pasteups, stencils, installations, huge murals on walls and here even work on a large portion of a street!
Artist MTO has taken over a block of houses in the city and transformed them into his “Google INTERNAL SERVER ERROR” installation.
These traditional wooden clad houses have been transformed into a living piece of street art with the addition of large letters, mutated window arrangements and even furniture located on the exterior of the buildings.
French born artist MTO is quite a mysterious character but now operates out of Berlin and I only managed to catch glimpses of the artist at work on this piece.
Whilst walking down one of Stavanger’s streets something red jumped out at me and all I could read was the work OGLE in the distance!
On further investigation it was the start of MTO’s hack of Google Street view which hopefully will make it to Google maps in the near future.
I wonder what portions will get blurred by Google?
(Click this link to see if it’s made it yet!)
What were once lived in houses and retail units have now been turned into bastardised structures with glitches apparent throughout their design including extra windows, non-linear fencing and even bright green chippings taking the place of the front garden.
Whereas outside on the street are a range of signs that give a hint that not everything is what it really is.
I’m not entirely sure if all the signage and piles of stones on the road are part of the installation or not but it totally adds to the overall chaos that has taken over this quiet street.
A giant red error exclamation cross is fixed to one house whereas on another is a giant ‘Server Error’ message.
It’s great to see the amount of hard graft that has gone into making all the physical items that were added to the wooden structures and the detail in the placement of them too.
It’s always great snapping away at street art whilst its still being painted as you never know if something is finished at the time.
Here are a few pics showing the change from red to black on the text and the end gable wall having some extra additions.
This is totally amazing art installation and it will be great to see what Google end up doing to it next when it ends up on Google Street View.