ICY & SOT (IR) - STREET ART BUS
Renowned the world over for the annual Nuart Street Art Festival, the city of Stavanger has commissioned a series of curated Street Art Buses with the latest design coming courtesy of Iranian siblings Icy & Sot.
Originally from Tabriz, Iran, Icy & Sot have established themselves as producers of some of the most provocative political and activism-based street art of the past few years. This piece, inspired buy their recent residency on Utsira island off the west coast of Norway, draws attention to the global ecological crisis resulting from the amount of plastic finding its way into our oceans.
The clever 3D design depicts a blue whale improbably trapped inside a plastic water bottle and brings to mind the story of a whale found dead in Sotra near Bergen earlier this year after ingesting too much non-biodegradable waste.
“Our usage of plastic ends up in our food chain and back again on our plates when eating fish and sea food," explain the artists. "According to The World Counts website, we only recycle 1 in every 5 water bottles. It´s so sad to see how much plastic trash we produce; we should all try to use less plastic in our life. Every single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still somewhere on our planet. Plastic is killing the planet and our health.”
Icy (b. 1985) and Sot (b. 1991) are artists from Tabriz, Iran, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. The two brothers started doing stencils in 2006 and have since contributed to Iranian and international urban art culture through their socially driven murals, interventions, videos and installations referencing topics from human rights abuses to capitalism and ecological justice. Their work appears on walls and galleries throughout the Iran, USA, Germany, China, Norway, and globally. They transcend their histories of artistic and political censorship by using public art to envision a world freed from borders, war and violence.
Stavanger’s Street Art buses are the result of a three-year collaboration between Nuart Festival and regional bus company Kolumbus that began in 2016. Other artists who have taken buses as their canvas include Jaune (BE), Ampparito (ES), M-city (PL), Add Fuel (PT), Ernest Zacharevic (LT), Martin Whatson and Hama Woods (NO).
This project is made possible with the support of Rogaland Fylkeskommune.
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