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David Walker in Aalborg during Karneval, and “Snaps”

Posted on May 28, 2016

Here is a full face is out in the open on the side of a building here in Denmark, where David Walker has just completed this mural for a project described by organizers to get high quality art out to the many and not just the few.

Now through June 25th Galleri KIRK is bringing some of the artists they represent to Aalborg, Absalonsgade and Nørregade. Just in time for the Aalborg Karneval, the largest in Scandinavia, which draws nearly 100,000 people to see a parade of 60,000 costumed revelers each year and culminates this weekend, Walker and BEZT from Etam Cru completed their painted contributions to the celebrations.

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David Walker for Out In The Open – Galleri Kirk. Aalborg, Denmark. May 2016. (photo © Lone Allen)

Formerly a working class industrial city and now working toward becoming known as a “knowledge based” city, Aalborg is ranked number one in Europe for citizens’ satisfaction with the quality of life, according to the 2015 survey by the European Commission.

Murals may have something to do with it Walker tells us. “Aalborg boasts one of the highest concentrations of murals in Europe painted by artists from all over the world.

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David Walker for Out In The Open – Galleri Kirk. Aalborg, Denmark. May 2016. (photo © Lone Allen)

Also, “snaps” may have contribute to the generally positive outlook – including those who have home distilleries. The herbed and spiced liquid of 40% alcohol known as  aquavit that Anthony Dias Blue describes in his book “the Complete Book of Spirits” as something you might drink at a midsummer lunch with “a group of people clustered around a table… including several courses and a clear, fiery drink.” This is something Walker says, “which I found out is very dangerous.”

Possibly that is why his subject has a blue nose?

When you go to Aalborg look forward to finding more murals from the galleri’s “Out in the Open” project from Faith47, Guido van Helten, Wes21, Michal Mraz, Vesod, Linnea Strid, and TelmoMiel.

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David Walker for Out In The Open – Galleri Kirk. Aalborg, Denmark. May 2016. (photo © Lone Allen)

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David Walker for Out In The Open – Galleri Kirk. Aalborg, Denmark. May 2016. (photo © Lone Allen)

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David Walker for Out In The Open – Galleri Kirk. Aalborg, Denmark. May 2016. (photo © Lone Allen)

 

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