artists canvass stacks of shipping containers for north west walls
all images courtesy of north west walls




for the 2015 edition of north west walls in the belgian village of werchter, program curator and artist arne quinze has asked six international street art talents to apply their style to the sprawling festival grounds. colossal stacks of industrial shipping containers have become the canvas for artists gamma gallery, fintan magee, smug, pixel pancho, nychos, and lula goce. each of the creatives have painted the towering, teetering boxes in colorful and richly detailed illustrations, portraits and typographic treatments, reinterpreting the shipping structures as architectural surfaces for artistry and imagination.

work by artist fintan magee from australia




the public art installations will remain situated at the park until june 2016, when a new crop of creatives will repaint the shipping surfaces to suit their own aesthetic styles. visitors to the site can experience the artworks during the annual music festival rock werchter, or throughout the year as a place of refuge and retreat. the six highly-imaginative, 3-dimensional canvasses come to life around the vast landscape, providing public onlookers a rare opportunity to experience a diverse range of artistic interpretations within a single outdoor space. 

magee’s project for north west walls towers over visitors

the underwater man by american artist ‘gamma gallery’

UK artist ‘smug’ has realized a giant portrait on the surface of the containers

work by spanish artist lula goce

detail of typography for the shipping container art by lula goce

the completed installation by austrian artist ‘nychos’

installation views of work by ‘pixel pancho’ from italy

‘gamma gallery’ works on his piece for north west walls

the work by american artist ‘gamma gallery’ by night

the installation by UK artist ‘smug’ viewed at night