Helsinki’s graffiti culture is currently on display at a major exhibition at the Helsinki Art Museum HAM. Graffiti artist and gallerist Umut Kiukas reveals how to find graffiti art in its most genuine environment on the streets of Helsinki.
OsGemeos x EGS @ Baana
OsGemeos (The Twins) are two of the world’s most famous street artists. The graffiti they created together with EGS from Helsinki is an absolute “must see”. You can find it on the Baana, the pedestrian and bicycle corridor that bisects the city centre. The graffiti is a tribute to the late Finnish graffiti artists Riski and Astron.
Blade x Mickey @ Baana
In April 2018, the legendary Blade from New York and groundbreaking European graffiti artist Mickey added some traditional graffiti to the pedestrian and bicycle corridor Baana. Both artists have achieved something unbelievable in the field of graffiti. Blade was one of the most famous graffiti artists in the early days, and he remains one of the all-time purists. Mickey in turn is one of the first female graffiti artists in Europe. She has really shown the way for numerous women and men in this male-dominated field.
Kulosaari noise barrier
The noise barrier by the highway in Kulosaari that was brilliantly painted in 1991 was destroyed when it was whitewashed by an anti-graffiti campaign. Since then it has regained its impressive street art with new graffiti by internationally renowned artists Trama, Comedy, Paris and many more. Viewing the noise barrier is easy: simply hop on the metro to Herttoniemi and look out the windows to the right.
Between the Kulosaari and Herttoniemi metro stations