Famous yet anonymous
One of Estonia's most famous street artists goes by the fictitious name Edward von Lõngus. His work covers many walls in Estonia's larger cities and can be recognised by his signature stencil technique, often in monochromatic hues. Estonian folk themes as well as pop culture and politics are often his subjects. Like many prominent street artists, Edward von Lõngus conceals his identity since his medium is prohibited by law. He says, however, that his encounters with police have been largely positive, with one policeman even encouraging him to keep creating art! Few people know Edward von Lõngus' true identity, but this hasn't stopped him from being praised by traditional art institutions like The Art Museum of Tartu, which purchased some of his work for their collection.
Street art events
Stencibility is the most popular street art event in Estonia. Established in 2010, it is held each summer in Tartu. The Mextonia Festival, held in June 2017, was a unique collaboration between Mexico and Estonia in honour of Estonia's upcoming centennial. The festival brought 50 colourful, new murals by 60 artists to Tallinn and other areas. In July 2017, Edward von Lõngus began the (R)estart Reality art tour of Europe which will bring murals to ten cities. Augmented reality artwork can already be viewed in Tallinn, Tartu, Brussels and Rome, and is coming soon to Helsinki, Berlin and further cities. The murals feature characters from Estonian history who can be brought to life. They move, talk and even sing when viewed through a smartphone with the free Restart Reality app, bringing a distinctly high-tech, Estonian edge to what was once simple graffiti.