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Street art in Ulricehamn

In 2016, Ulricehamn’s municipality gave street art artist Shai Dahan the mission to paint mural paintings on two gray-wood concrete walls. A mural painting is a painting that is part of a building, for example painted directly on the wall.

So, since 2016, two buildings in central Ulricehamn have been adorned with murals with ties to the city. The paintings are done by street art artist Shai Dahan.

One painting has a historical connection and represents the women’s rights advocate Ada Nilsson. The second painting reflects the future and the world cup in skiing that took place in January 2017.  On a walk through central Ulricehamn, you can see the two pieces of artwork which have been here since the summer of 2016.

On a facade facing Stureparken, there is a mural of a skier that was painted before the Skiing World Cup, which took place in 2017. The skier, dressed in the Swedish yellow and blue colors, is outstanding in the winter landscape. The winds that take hold of the clothes are made of graffiti tags, which contain the names of several of Sweden's most famous skiers throughout the ages.


The second painting is on the wall at the corner of Färgegränd and Storgatan. Ada Nilsson is depicted here on the three-storey building, the women’s rights advocate was born in Gällstad, outside Ulricehamn, in 1872. Ada fought not only for women's rights, but she was also one of Sweden's first female doctors. She has meant a lot for Sweden's equality, and was therefore an obvious choice as a motif. Shais's hope is that the painting of Ada will arouse curiosity among those who do not know of her and get them to find out more about her.

Shai got the inspiration for the painting from the famous poster of ‘Rosie the Riveter’, a fictional cultural icon with the famous text "We can do it!" The poster was used as a propaganda in the United States during World War II to encourage women to work in the war industry. It has later been used repeatedly to convey feminist messages and other political agendas. Especially in the 1980s, the poster was used to create new images for political campaigns, advertisements and parodies.