Street Art

The Newly Minted Mural Festival, Kaleidoscope, Comes to Dendermonde, Belgium

June 21, 2018

Only a couple of months after closing their successful third edition of The Crystal Ship festival in Ostend, Belgium, curator Bjørn Van Poucke and the team behind this world recognized event, met in Dendermonde for another similar project. The inaugural edition of Kaleidoscope invited 6 internationally renowned artists to produce 5 large murals and 20 colorful interventions, creating a permanent exhibition of public artworks around the historic Flemish town.

Mostly working on traditional brick wall buildings, the participating artists successfully juxtaposed their diverse styles against the surface, painting works that are colourful and less political or narrative driven. With this in mind, Belgian artist Oli B composed a vibrant abstract composition that is lighting up the surrounding, while his fellow countrymen Joëlle Dubois and Joachim successfully applied their illustration-based imagery on otherwise unvaried facades. Working on a local residential building, British artist David Walker painted one of his signature portraits, while Jaune placed a series of mischievous waste collectors through the city. Finally, German duo Low Bros created one of their digital-like images that features both graphic elements and realistically painted sections, constructing an effective image that that plays with perspective and depth of its surrounding. —Sasha Bogojev

Photos by Henrik Haven