PICTURES: Mextonia murals in Estonia

In 2017, a whopping 72 artists and producers from all across Estonia, Mexico and elsewhere took part in Mextonia, a transgraffiti festival that engulfed the streets of Tallinn and other smaller cities; Estonian World highlights over 30 colossal murals that were inspired by Estonia’s deep cultural roots and rich folklore.

The street art festival that combined Estonian and Mexican cultures was a joint effort by Nueve Arte Urbano, a Mexico-based artistic group, and Todoesuno Eesti, an Estonia-based personal improvement platform. The colossal murals, dotted around Tallinn’s highways and the seafront, as well as countless apartment blocks and municipal buildings in the capital and beyond, were created as a “gift” to Estonia that celebrated its centennial in 2018.

Mextonia’s style of art is described as transgraffiti – a matured form of graffiti where muralists have passed from the phase of scribbling names on walls to adding metaphors, transcending borders and involving themselves in cultural catalysis. In Estonia, more than 5,000 square metres (54,000 sq ft) of wall space was transformed thanks to Mextonia.

Street art by Five-8, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by Five-8, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Aaron Glasson, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by Aaron Glasson, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by Abril Pegueros, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Sens, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Bach BaBach, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by Benuz, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Boa Mistura, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Sens, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Siim Kasemaa, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by Calladitos, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Cinzah, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by Vahur Agar & Helena Hanni, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Bert Norralt, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by Farid Rueda, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Fatsnail & Andrei Kedrin, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Martin Roosna, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Goal, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Himed, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by Jonky, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Margus Richard Talivee, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by XC XI IV, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Moste, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Sänk, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Piiritus, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Renata Mtz, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Reyben, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by Silver “SBoy” Seeblum, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Seifo, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Sens, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Sermob, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Tania Quezada, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Street art by Tania Quezada, Nueve Arte Urbano.

Art by Nueve Arte Urbano, Yoshitaro Yanagita.

Street art by Victor López, Nueve Arte Urbano.

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Read also: Mextonia: the story behind the most colourful gift for Estonia’s first centennial. Images courtesy of Mextonia.

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