Have you ever been asked to write 100 lines as a punishment at school?
For this year’s Nuart Aberdeen, Spanish creative Slim Safont decided to explore the festival’s theme of “reconnect” by creating a mural that explores what the adult version of the tedious punishment from his school years would be.
Slim said: “When I was thinking about this concept, I thought about reconnecting with something when I was a kid and I remembered my time in school and the punishment we got when we were kids.
“I tried to reconnect punishment from the young age to a punishment from the adult life – paying taxes.
“That’s the ironic and funny point of view on punishment.”
To create the mural on Union Plaza, Slim first took a picture of a family friend’s daughter at his mum’s school in Spain.
Slim Safont says every urban art project should be like Nuart Aberdeen
He told the P&J that it usually takes him about two weeks to finish a mural of this size. So to make sure he’s done by the time the festival officially opens tomorrow – 10 days after he arrived in Aberdeen – he had to work longer days.
“I’m working 11 hours a day and I just see this wall,” laughed Slim.
“People are very friendly and I love the city and I love the architecture.
“I saw many people taking pictures and when I have been talking with some people on the street and locals, they were happy – and that also makes me feel very happy.
“I want to say thanks to Nuart because it is a really good project and I think that all the urban art projects should be like this.”
The first Nuart Aberdeen 2022 artist to finish his mural was Jofre Olivers – you can find out more about his artwork here.
We’ve also recently caught up with other Nuart Aberdeen artists Martin Whatson and Jacoba Niepoort. Click on the links below to watch our video interviews with the two artists: