Denmark international students upcycle graffiti wall with graffiti art project

Denmark international students upcycle graffiti wall with graffiti art project
The wall before (top) and after the project. Photo: Rygaards School
Students at the Rygaards international school in Copenhagen repainted a graffiti-covered wall near their school with their own street art-inspired project.

Under the direction of their art teacher, Nadine Meinicke-Kleint, a group of international year 9 students from the school in Hellerup were granted permission to paint a wall on the Hellerupvej road.

The wall near to the school has been a common spot for graffiti, an art form that the students decided to channel into their own mural project. 

The theme for the mural was chosen by the students, who last week laid the ground work by painting the wall white, before spending Monday afternoon creating their masterpiece.

“I wanted to have a public space for the kids, it gives the project something more than doing it at school. So we asked the residents of a local villa for permission to paint the wall outside their property.

“The house has been graffitied before, so I think they were happy to have the art there,” Meinicke-Kleint told The Local.

Photo: Rygaards School

The teacher said that her class had coordinated their individual contributions to the project to ensure a cohesive final product.

“They came up with the idea themselves. They wanted to communicate with their local surroundings. It’s actually quite impressive, they’re only 13 and 14 years old, so it’s quite impressive that they were able to put together something like this,” she said.

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Around 250 students of up to 80 nationalities attend the secondary school, which follows an international version of the British school curriculum and teaches French and German as well as Danish.

Meinicke-Kleint, who teaches one of the year 9 classes at the school, said that the project had given students a better sense of the difference between street art and graffiti.

“Street art is one of the most successful movements of the last 40 years, so it’s important to teach it,” she said, adding that the stencil-based street art of British political activist and anonymous street artist Banksy was one example she was able to use in her classes.

Photo: Rygaards School

“Stencil art is actually a very challenging technique, but it gives rewarding results,” she said. 

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