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Street Art in Riga

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Street Art in Riga

Although the tradition of street art is still just getting on its feet in Latvia, it's already proved itself a viable contender. Old firewalls and roofs are the current canvases of choice. The most noteworthy example of this genre is the 800 m2 image titled “Saule, Pērkons, Daugava” (Sun, Thunder, Daugava). It was created on the wall of No. 46 Tallinas Street in 2014, during a street art festival; it's creators, Latvian street artists Kiwie and Rudens Stencil, used up 1500 cans of spray paint to make it. “Saule, Pērkons, Daugava” is the largest outdoor mural in the Baltic States to depict authentic motifs from the woven belt of the Lielvārde region – a symbol of Latvian identity. The inspiration for the image came from the choir song of the same name, the text of which was taken from the play “Daugava”, by the Latvian writer Rainis. Mārtiņš Brauns composed the music to the choir song, and in 2014 the Catalan Independence Movement adopted the melody and made a popular Youtube video of their version.

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