Thursday, April 27, 2006

Amateur graffiti contest at Metelkova Mesto, Ljubljana

Metelkova Mesto happens to be one of my favourite places in this town. For those of you who are not familiar with Ljubljana, until 1991 Metelkova Mesto was the location of military barracks of the Yugoslav People's Army. After Slovenia declared independence and the Yugoslav army left, the place was squatted by several artists, musicians, students, etc. and became somewhat of a centre for underground/alternative culture. It is also the location of a wonderful youth hostel called "Celica" (The Cell), which is a former military prison (each prison cell was converted into a bedroom-- you can read more about the place here.)
Anyhow, I won't get into anymore of the place's history in this post, as you can all see by the title, it's supposed to be about a graffiti contest...
I saw some posters announcing this contest that was organized by a secondary school students' association. I wasn't quite sure exactly what to expect as I've never attended a graffiti contest before.
I arrived there a bit late, the contest had already started. From what I found out, each contender was given 8 cans of spray paint and 3 hours time.
Well, I'm not an artist, nor am I an art critic, but I'd have to say, that some of these young artists have a lot of potential. Here are a few shots of them at work:








While this was happening, some other kids tried to demonstrate their breakdancing skills (or lack thereof) to various rap and hiphop tunes....




Finally, the 3 hours were up... The judges walked around, rated the work and made their decision....

Here are the winners :


First prize




Second prize




Third prize


Oh, and here is a possible contender for the 2016 contest, getting an early start! ;)





These and the rest of the pics from the contest can be seen here.

As it is Metelkova is already the host of lots of interesting and unusual graffiti and other works of art... I'll end this post with some examples...


13 comments:

chet said...

I am no art critic either but that looks pretty darn good to me. Do they do houses? My trailer could use a little sprucing up. I am sure I would be the talk of the neighbors,but I have a tendency to be different from time to time. Really like your post.

Jano said...

How nice is this!! wow :D

Betqa said...

Chet: well, seeing as they're high-school kids, I'm sure they'd be willing to spiff up your home if they we supplied with return tickets for the US ;)Glad you liked the post! keep coming by!

Jano: thanks to you too! Hope you'll find more stuff here that catches your fancy!

Yakima_Gulag said...

Wow! I like the house with the creepy faces peering out!
Sretan Prvi Maj!

Betqa said...

yakima_gulag: Hvala, hvala! I tebi!
Thanks or stopping by!

Seesaw said...

Odli─Źni grafiti! Hvala na posjeti.

Mafia said...

hello betqa,

are you russian?

Betqa said...

mafia: no, I'm not Russian

princess mononoke said...

they're amazing! so creative

mafia said...

betqa: I like russians a lot, I was hoping you are one. what are you then?

Betqa said...

mafia: a mutt... father was from Slovenia, mother is Scottish... I was born in Montreal and as you can see from my profile I now live in ljubljana, Slovenia

M!R@CHK@ said...

really creative and cute :)

be said...

looks nice.