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the roskilde music festival graffiti project by lars pederson
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jan 28, 2013
the roskilde music festival graffiti project by lars pederson


roskilde graffiti project, by lars pederson, roskilde, denmark
image © tom dean / foureyesgood

 

 

lars pederson, graffiti artist and organizer for one of europe’s largest music festivals at roskilde took a very present problem amongst the generation’s
youth and turned it into a platform for international art. the ‘graffiti project,’ only recently begun in 2009, redirects negative tagging tendencies and
harnesses their hidden artistic potentials to support street-art culture and the overall festival experience. stemming from festival-goers painting and
tagging tents and various other festival equipment, pederson channeled this rebellious activity by fully supporting it. a new zone was created that features
the work of professional and amateur artists from all around the world as they lay down coat over coat of their artistic expression, side by side. the idea
is to express yourself through your style and to learn from and collaborate with other artists from different parts of the world to create new fusions and
explore new boundaries.

 

with its great success, the ‘graffiti workshop’ soon developed to give newcomers a crash course in spray painting techniques. working closely with sponsors
such as the innovative german spray paint manufacturer molotow, they are able to provide free cans to visitors and more importantly a program to recycle
empty cans to reduce, and virtually eliminate, all waste. about five kilometers of plain wooden boards, used by the festival to mark off its various areas and
perimeters, are now blank canvases for the guests themselves, adding a whole new visual aspect to the festival experience. veterans of the style are not paid to
take part – the idea is not to make money – the idea is only to bring international perspectives together to see what can result in their collision, to support graffiti
as an art, and to reduce the unwanted tagging in an ingenious way. the effort effectively transformed a negative element at the music festival into a healthy,
productive global medium for street art, through sustainable thinking and collaboration. in the end the art – like the festival – is ephemeral, lasting only four days
out of the year making it a truly unique experience every time.

 

 


the graffiti project as explained by lars pederson
video © foureyesgood

 

 


visitors trying their hand on the walls with the graffiti workshop
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image © foureyesgood

 

 


molotow supplies over 5000 cans each year and supports a recycling system to eliminate waste
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australian artist sofles at the 2012 roskilde festival
video © foureyesgood

 

 


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work by australian artist smuk
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united states graffiti artist
image © foureyesgood

 

 


south american graffiti artist
image © foureyesgood

 

 


german graffiti artists
image © foureyesgood

 

 


united kingdom artists
image © foureyesgood

 

 


brazilian graffiti artists
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dutch graffiti artists
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TAD crew graffiti from st petersburg, russia
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baskets for empty and full cans
image © foureyesgood

 

 

some of the artists that showed up to the 2011 roskilde festival include:

 

lovepusher (uk), bonzai (uk), kak (uk), tizer (uk), dep (uk), motor (uk/dk), seize (uk), smug (aus), soten (dk), damn (dk), mester (dk), sick (dk),
sport (dk), juse (usa/dk), sye (usa), does (br), saile (cn), fisek (cn), wais (ru), truba (ru), trun (ru), sket (nd)

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