Wednesday, 2 September 2015

I Spy… (Outdoor Wednesday)

In case anyone has been wondering: No, I have not disappeared off the face of the earth.  I’ve just been having (and am still having) a busy week, with birthday celebrations, friends visiting, sneak peeks at the upcoming street art festival and whatnot.

The artist whose work I’ve been looking forward the most to getting to see here in my home town this year is David Zinn. I’ve seen his work around on the internet and also one or two postcards. So after last year’s street art festival, and when I heard there was to be another one this year… I was actually thinking what fun it would be if they could get him. And as it turned out (without any involvment from me) - his name was acatually among the very first to be confirmed for the 2015 NoLimit street art festival.

Following the official facebook page, I knew that David Zinn had started his work early on in the week; so when going into town this morning I went in search of two of his pieces that I knew to be finished.

I had to walk serveral turns around and across this ‘haymarket’ square to find this little knitting cutie – even though I knew what to look for.


The photo below might help you understand why it’s not all easy to spot the image from a distance:


I also knew there was to be one image somewhere by the steps leading down to the river (at another open place). Hmm… Can you see it?


Look closer…




Little mouse feeding breadcrumbs to the birds in the river (as people often do in this spot) – how cute is that?! (The hole and the cracks in the stone surface, buy the way, are part of the painting.)

Having found these two, and just having missed the next bus back home, I decided to go back to the main square, where I knew that Zinn was also supposed to do something. Could hardly believe my luck when I did find him actually at work there.

2015-09-02 David Zinn NoLimit2015

He usually works with charcoal and chalk, which means his images do not last long. But here in Borås (known as one of the rainiest cities in Sweden…), he has been using more durable paint to finish the images, so hopefully they will last a bit longer.


He was surrounded by a group of art students when I arrived; and then he was interviewed by someone for a website, and I stayed on in the background to listen. After the interviewer had left I actually got to exchange a few words with him myself. When I said I had had a postcard of his work sent to me from the US, he told me that there will be postcards of his for sale at a local gallery over the weekend; so I shall certainly try and get hold of some.

I hope to be able to go into town again on Friday to see a bit more of what’s going on. Tomorrow I have other things to attend to, and on Saturday I might be too busy as well. But getting to see this artist at work up close like this and even talk to him certainly “made my day” today!

PS. If you’re wondering how that charcoal scetch turned out, you can get a sneak peek here (from the NoLimit FB page). I’ll try to get my own photo of it later - and also what I know inspired it.

Linking to Outdoor Wednesday.


  1. Happy birthday!!! We're just home from vacation and I see that you are too. Really like Zinn's work! Hope it lasts for awhile.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I haven't read the book you mentioned, but it's on my Amazon Wish List.

    1. Janet, my vacation was back in July but at the rate I'm blogging at the moment it will last until Christmas (I'm still only half way through blogging my pictures from a trip lasting 4 days!)

  2. I'm sure that meeting the artist David Zinn was not only exciting for you but made a wonderful birthday gift as well.
    Best wishes for many many many more birthdays.
    I love his work, he is very the cute little paintings all around your town....that is so very nice....thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Virginia. I hope to be able to share more both of his work and that of others going on this weekend, but some of it I might not have time to go in search of until the festival as such is over. But the big murals will be there for a while, no doubt. Zinn's work I'll try to seek out as soon as possible though, because even if he is painting some of them, they're on the ground and they're small and so are not likely to last as long as the big ones covering whole walls!

  3. Wonderful artwork, and I like it all the better for it being the contrary of obtrusive. It has to be found to be appreciated, educating us to look at our environment more closely, the way we did when we were little.

    1. Meike, in the interview I got to listen in to, he said things along that line himself... Like pointing out that small children are always creative (give them a piece of chalk and they'll draw!), but most people stop drawing when they grow older (why?)... He himself has kept on drawing from his imagination :) He also said he likes to do street art together with children and one reason he mainly uses charcoal and chalk (which will be washed away with rain etc) is that he finds that people are less afraid to just "play" and try things when the result is not permanent anyway. So weather permitting (alas it's not looking all that promising at the moment) he'll be doing a bit of that kind of thing too over the weekend, after he has finished painting some that will hopefully last a bit longer.

  4. Such fun!
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