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It doesn't happen every week that I show a picture from Stockholm, but here is one. It is from my own district, Sφdermalm island, and only about 10 minutes on foot from where I live.

This large mural was commissioned by the city authorities responsible for public art in 2017. It was made by the Brazilian twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, calling themselves Os Gκmeos (The Twins). They have become quite famous in recent years, being invited to paint large murals in cities in many parts of the world. I first saw one of their paintings in Łσdź in Poland in 2014.

A conservative coalition that ruled Stockholm 2006–2014 had a "zero tolerance" to all kinds of graffiti. A left/green coalition which took power in 2014 ended that policy and commissioned a number of large murals (including on the house where I live), and also tolerated several local initiatives. Since late 2018 the conservatives are back in power, but I'm not sure if they still have the same rigid objections to all kinds of wall paintings. Occasionally even conservatives have to accept that society is changing.

I have come to this place many times during the last 20 months, always hoping to find the right conditions for a perfect photo: the parking lot deserted and one or two persons watching the painting. But it never happened that both wishes were fulfilled.

So I give you three alternative non-perfect photos, taken at different times of the year and including a number of strangely indifferent persons. The main photo was taken in October last year. One WS is a few months older and the other very recent.

You can visit this place yourself by dragging the yellow Google man to the map coordinates 59.31785 18.07664.

Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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