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Old Norse

4 minutes

Using street art to bring Regency warriors to an ancient Viking landscape

Vardø in Norway feels like a town forgotten by time. Its colourful houses stand in an overgrown field of weeds, overlooking a bay where the seagulls outnumber the people. For the Irish-born artist Conor Harrington, this town is both an inspiration and a canvas. Painting the walls of its abandoned, crumbling buildings, he applies the techniques of graffiti art to images inspired by the Old Masters, bringing a modern aesthetic to a timeless place. In Old Norse, the UK filmmaker Andrew Telling follows Harrington through Vardø, documenting his artistic process, and the landscape that inspires it.

Director: Andrew Telling

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