Hailing from Brussels in Belgium, street artist Jaune is best known for his stencil work featuring workmen going about their daily routines.
For a few days in September the artist visited the Norwegian port of Stavanger to take part in the city’s NuArt festival.
Since 2011 his familiar workmen began appearing on walls when he decided to free these characters from their roles by symbolically placing them in ever more absurd locations and scenarios on the streets for everyone to discover whilst most people carried on their day to day business – just like fishing!
One workmen is depicted taking a break from his rubbish collection by having a cheeky can of something whereas another one is having a great time swinging from a metal ring on the dock side.
Numerous world class artists were invited to Stavanger to take part in the festival with these stencils popping up just about anywhere.
These eleven workmen were all lined up on one street with some chatting, some pondering and the rest pulling a rope whilst one menacingly stands with a baseball bat. Whatever could be happening?
Ah that’s what they are upto – trying to secure that 200 Krone note!
Many people took photos of this work but didn’t realise there was a note on the other side of the wall.
Then just a few streets away on the side of a carpark and this white washed building where the artist had a little bit more fun.
Four pipes terminated at high level where he painted the pipes along with four workmen in co-ordinated colours and then a single workmen at the bottom attempted to catch them.
Some pieces were a little bit harder to locate due to the natural environment obscuring them just like these workmen getting upto no good behind these street level weeds.
Weed you say? Ah it must be Norwegian for wee!
So whilst one was relieving himself others pondered with their blue brooms and another snapped away at everyone taking pics of them too!
Further below one is seen dangling from a window ledge whilst others check their mobile phones.
This artist did really get around the city with his multi-layered stencils and all the time and effort that has gone into the planning and implementation of them is totally fascinating.
The artists inspiration came from previously working as a garbageman where he now challenges how visible or invisible these workmen are (regardless of how bright their outfits are) and shows how essential they are to any working city – even if they are still unloved and ignored by the masses.
Below the artist depicts a quick game of black bag hockey to lighten the load of dealing with all that garbage.
Humour, life and games are a common theme in the artist’s work where here he features a mid-flight game of Quidditch from the Harry Potter movies featuring a winged trash bag.
And last but not least the artist having a bit more fun with this workman.
It’s so big he’s using a roller rather than a paint brush!