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Artwork

Street Art piece

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Destiny

Street Art Museum Amsterdam

Author:

Skount

Artist Bio:

Skount was born in Spain, on June 12, 1985. His artworks are significant because of very detailed and vibrant characters. He is a well-known illustrator, writer and performer. Today, Skount is living in Amsterdam. He is able to work in almost all mediums, and draw inspiration from everywhere, not only from the other countries and their traditions, but also from Spanish tradition, especially from the theater, Skount has worked and exhibited throughout Spain, Europe, Japan, China, Israel, Australia, Mexico and the United States. Ideally, he hopes to soon travel to Greek, Croatia and South Korea. His work is not just limited to street art. Skount is constantly investigating different ways to create different works of art- this is perhaps the most interesting part of his job. There is no limit to what this great artist can create with a variety of materials, techniques, color, display and ideas.

Place:

Struikbuurt

Date:

Technique:

brush

Material:

Brick

Acquisition:

Commission

Completed:

2014

Condition:

Gone / Illegible

Physical Description:

The 120 square meter mural is called “Destiny,” and it depicts the Moirai, the sisters of fate of ancient Greek mythology spinning, weaving, and cutting the thread that symbolizes the destinies of our lives, surrounded by Colibri birds and ladybugs.The work is very impactful because of its size and the way it fits into the space in which it is located. Just like a tree or a climbing plant, the branches of the design wrap around the walls of the building, intertwining with each other and creating an effect of narrative continuity between one figure and the next.

Since SAMA painted the wall in 2014, the building has housed a community center and kindergarten, and has been converted into a multipurpose space for social-entrepreneurial startups in Nieuw-West. Presently, the building is being renovated to serve as housing for families living below the poverty line, but eventually it will be destroyed and replaced by new construction.

Iconography:

The 120 square meter mural is called “Destiny,” and it depicts the Moirai, the sisters of fate of ancient Greek mythology spinning, weaving, and cutting the thread that symbolizes the destinies of our lives, surrounded by Colibri birds and ladybugs. On day three of production, there was a train accident in Galicia, northwest Spain, in which Skount lost three friends. He took the opportunity to dedicate this work to them -- you can see their names, Isi, Marta, and Easy, at the top-right corner.
From a stylistic point of view, the work is a faithful representation of Skount's aesthetic, with a large scene with many characters and a quasi-narrative atmosphere. Although the theme is related to ancient Greece, the characters acquire certain Latin American aspects due to the detailed patterns of their clothes and the colours of the sheets they hang in the branches of the tree. The Latin muralist taste with Maya-Aztecan echoes is a constant feature in Skount's work that we can see in other works in the collection such as Fertility. In addition to this geometric multi-chromatism of the clothing, the author presents the figures covered in decorated masks with a spanish theatre taste.

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