The 5th International Street Art Festival of Patras – Artwalk 5 was completed with remarkable success this, year as well. In one of the most difficult periods for all of humanity, the team of Art in Progress managed to offer color and optimism to a weary public area, both conceptually and esthetically.
Our everyday lives are changing rapidly. Artistic expression and public areas are being afflicted more than ever in modern times, but not in Patras. Here, against the difficult circumstances, modern art carried out its task in the best way possible. The artists and their works transported us to new, creative worlds, sending messages of historic memorial, extroverted solidarity and the hope of being able to keep our heads held high.
Art in Progress and its community of citizens succeeded in hosting, for yet another year, some of the finest , world renowned street artists from Greece and abroad. All of this was achieved in the midst of uncertainty caused by the pandemic of Covid-19 and while complying with all measures and safety protocol.
The artists, inspired by important historical moments in Greece and around the world, went on to give the city a new dynamic and a unique, modern character through art. Some of the historical events were the 100th birthday of Melina Merkouri, the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, the 65th anniversary of the death of Albert Einstein and the 75 year memorial since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The street artists who left their mark on this year’s festival, by creating eight unparalleled murals on selected walls in the urban fabric of Patras were: Asier, Edmon1419, Jay Kaes, KLE, Leandro Bustamante, NSN997, Siguel and Silver Formz & Monos Cwtos.
This year’s murals, which were created in the framework of Artwalk 5, as well as the overall organization of the event, drew the interest and were presented by the national and international press, as well as social media networks.
The works that were created by the artists:
ArtWalk 4 performed under the co-organization of Region of Western Greece,
the warm help of Gold Sponors:CHRYSANTHOPOULOS Α.Ε. (Company of lifting equipment in Patras) and VECHRO (Greec paint industry)
and of the Big Sponsor Coffebrands