Around the world, street artists are painting murals to express their support for Ukraine and their disapproval of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country.
In the Norwegian city of Stavanger, a street artist Nimi painted a mural with a striking image: a white dove of peace with an olive branch in its beak pooping on Putin’s head.
The work was created for a curatorial project by nuart, a Stavanger-based initiative that focuses on public art. Another work in the artist’s project Vlek features matryoshka dolls with Putin’s face getting smaller and smaller until they become a pomegranate.
“The ‘public’ wall is one of the last spaces we have left for the distribution of unmediated content from critical voices,” Nuart founder and director Martyn Reed told Hyperallergic. “It is an extremely important platform, especially in times of crisis and war. For me, this is the very essence of what is called “street art”.
The symbol of the white dove proves popular. In a fresco by the artist Grand-Ben in Lyon, France, Putin holds the dead bird in his hands after biting its head.
Artist Corie Mattie used the same symbol in a recent mural in Los Angeles. In his painting, Putin’s disembodied head is carried away by a flight of doves.
Other street performers have taken on the Ukrainian resistance rather than targeting Putin head-on. On a wall in Paris, French artist Seth painted a Ukrainian woman marching on tanks. “For my Ukrainian friends,” he wrote in a Instagram post paint.
In a London mural, the artist Woskersky painted the portrait of a Ukrainian woman — wearing a hat in the colors of the Ukrainian flag — with explosions in the background.
Other artists generally called for peace and love in Ukraine. In Cologne, Germany, artist Justus Becker added an olive branch in the colors of the Ukrainian flag to an existing mural depicting a dove.
mexican artist Jorge TellaecheThe Mexico City mural in Mexico City calls for ‘peace and brotherhood with Ukraine’. Other artists in the city have formed a group to paint public murals in favor of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, fighting continues in Ukraine. According to a United Nations report published today, March 28, more than 1,150 Ukrainian civilians have been killed since Russia attacked kyiv on February 24. More than 1,800 civilians have been injured and the number of refugees fleeing the country is approaching 4 million.