the (pre-pandemic) sanctum

Of course, by now, any assertion relating Reykjavík street art coming from me, still impeded to travel abroad (now for the third consecutive year), has to be taken with a pinch of salt or two. This place, at the cross of Laugavegur and Klappastigur streets, was clearly for me, in the pre-pandemic age, the true holy grail of local graffitists and closely related mural artists (and foreign, certainly, but some of the best local ones are clearly represented). The concentration of their depictions was astounding.

The kernel next to which this true open-air exhibition of street vandalic art coalesced was the iconic building in Laugavegur 23 / Klappastigur 31 covered with one of the most celebrated murals of the Wall Poetry-2015 edition (I encircle this one in red, and the general area of the sanctum sanctorum in blue):

And, here, a gallery (pictures from 2017, 2018 and 2019) for a little taste of what it looked like and to show you some of its secrets… (how many of them will still remain today…?…🙄🤷‍♂️):

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