Street Art Today recently celebrated the Dutch king’s birthday by hosting the second edition of Kings Spray festival. Live painting by international artists Inkie, Dzia, Kool Koor, Steve Locatelli, Mark Gmehling, Mr. Cenz, Eelco Van Den Berg, Pipsqueak Was Here!!!, Kas Art, Malakkai, Wolfgang Krell, Nuno Viegas, Eklor, Bustart & Zaira, and Deesaster made an impact in brightening up the area with surreal, colourful and beautifully imaginative illustrations and artworks.
The concept of large scale artworks was fully taken to heart by offering the artists canvases of equal sizes as the murals they often paint outside and on the sides of buildings accross the globe, which -in their size- easily outplay the classics from the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Next to a few of these ‘giants’, the audience was able to stroll through a labyrinth of stacked shipping containers. To no surprise these were being painted on as well.
The open-air space at the NDSM-wharf in Amsterdam was partially also set up as an affordable street art market, offering participating artists as well as local artists a stand and the opportunity to sell their artworks. Varying in medium, technique and size, artists like Bunny Brigade, Zippora Meijer, AmsterSam, Serge ‘KB’ Kortenbroek, Bheo Mushroom, Nix Stencils, PopShop Alex, RAF Amsterdam, Doodkonijn and Simian Switch displayed and sold their works at the market.
Food and beverages for the day were expertly taken care of by The Beef Chief, who source their ingredients locally and work out of a restored 1975 Citroën H van. Next to the live painting, interactive graffiti workshops with kids and the art market, the visiting audience was treated to beats by an eclectic collective of DJ’s, varying from DJ aDOOR, DJ Boombassa, DJ Jesse Voorn, and the 8 year-old DJ Sol. The last -but certainly not the least- set for the day was reserved for the incredibly talented 12 year old Bram Mulder a.k.a. DJ Bowyer, who certainly had lived up to all of the expectations.
The massively forecasted rainfall for the day never occured, which only made the day brighter and livelier, leaving the audience with nothing else than -what is no doubt to be- a much anticipated third annual return of the event next year.
All artworks are specially made for the new street art museum which is expected to open it’s doors Spring 2017.
Text: Davor ‘Deesaster’ Smoljan
Images: Martine Kiers & Wojo