Helsinki Urban Art ry started a Finnish-Swedish street art exchange project in the summer 2022 to strengthen the street art networks in Nordic countries. In the project an artist exchange was carried out between Finland and Sweden. Juha Liede’s piece called High Hopes was finished in Helsingborg at Kulturhotellet Sweden Walls -event. Göteborg-based Hellström painted a piece in Pasila, Ratamestarinkatu 3. In the piece the artist is quoting Håkan Hellström’s lyrics and pondering on better times in the future.
The artist exchange supports the street art collaboration between Finland and Sweden and works as an initiative for broader and longer collaborations and networking between Finnish and Swedish street art scene.
In Sweden the project is supported by the Culture center Kulturhotellet. The project was carried out with support of Swedish Kulturfonden. Helsinki Urban Art ry is aiming to carry out similar exchange projects in Norway, Denmark and Iceland and therefore creating a foundation for broader street art collaborations between Nordic countries.
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Göteborg-based Hellström visited in Pasila in September 2022 to paint a piece in Ratamestarinkatu 3, in which he quotes his almost namesake Håkan Hellström’s lyrics.
Juha Liede’s piece High Hopes at Kulturhotellet at Sweden Walls -event in Helsingborg.
A detail from Juha Liede’s piece High hopes.
There is a quote in Hellström’s piece in Pasila “Du kan gå din egen väg…” which refers to Pippi Långstrump and a way to live in one’s own way.