European Athletics U20 Championships Borås, 18-21 July 2019 - Ryavallen Athletics Stadium
Sweden´s largest mural to be ready for European Athletics U20 Championships by artist Shai Dahan
Just before the summer’s large athletics championship in Borås, Sweden’s largest mural painting will be ready at Ryavallen Athletics Stadium. It is the artist Shai Dahan (living in Borås) who will create the work on the almost 950 square meter wall.
The motif (note that the attached picture is a sketch image) becomes a number of athletes who illustrate different individual events in throwing, jumping and running interwoven with the name of the city BORAS and the classic IK Ymer (the local arranging club) logo with the giant bearing the text on their shoulders. The colors are taken from the event’s graphic profile and correspond well with the championship’s message “Colorful moments together”.
First the wall has to be cleaned and primed (to ensure good adhesive and that the piece will be long lasting). Then, from mid April, the artistic process awaits and Shai Dahan expects to be ready for the Ymer Games (official test event for European Athletics U20 Championships 2019) the first weekend in June.
– The weather will play a big role for the timetable here but I keep my thumbs for good painting weather this spring. It feels great to be involved in creating this gigantic wall, it is by far the largest wall I have ever painted. Once again, Borås shows that it opens up the city for art and culture and now in an exciting collaboration with sports and athletics, which is extra fun. I look forward to working with Ymer and the organization for the championships in this project. To show off the work for participants, spectators and TV audiences becomes a sign that we are paying attention to the event and the athletics for many years to come, says Dahan.
– Kjell Persson, chairman IK Ymer Ahtletics Club och Ymerhallen AB, +46 76-340 05 75
– Shai Dahan, artist, +46 72-174 85 85
Sketch: Shai Dahan, artist
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