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Street art in Helsinki | © /kallu / Flickr
Street art in Helsinki | © /kallu / Flickr

A Street Art Tour of Helsinki

Picture of Jessica Wood
Updated: 11 December 2017
A walk anywhere through the city of Helsinki soon turns into a tour of stunning street art. There is a thriving graffiti scene in the city, as well as many art projects and volunteer organisations who seek to brighten up dull areas with colourful and meaningful artworks and murals. These are some of the best places to see street art in Helsinki and interact with the urban art scene.

Arabianranta

Arabianranta is a former industrial district, named after the Arabia ceramics company that previously had a factory here. Today, it has become one of the main artistic districts of Helsinki, with many public murals and art gardens, as well as the Helsinki University of Art and Design. One of the largest and most striking murals in the area, located on the side of a building on Hämeentie, was created in 2015 by famous mural painter Jukka Hakanen, and portrays life in modern-day Helsinki and the development of the neighbourhood.

Jukka Hakanen mural
Jukka Hakanen mural | © Ilkka Jukarainen / Flickr

Kannelmäki

This six-storey mural was constructed on the side of a building in Kannelmäki as part of the More Art in Helsinki project. The colourful art is visible from a busy street, a traffic intersection and a railway line. The local community was greatly involved in the creation of the mural, which resembles nature and plays on the musical street names of the district.

Kannelmäki mural
Kannelmäki mural | © Ilkka Jukarainen / Flickr

Kontula

This traditionally dicey area of Eastern Helsinki is already full of street art, and has been enlivened even further with 12 new murals in one of its underpasses created by a group of artists. The murals depict princesses, animals and cartoonish artwork in bold colours. Several tall buildings in Kontula have also been decorated with murals as part of the 2017 Urban Art Festival, and are now some of the largest works of public art in the city.

Mural in Kontula