with all the historic architectural splendour and art treasures abound you'd almost forget st. petersburg isn't just an open-air museum but a thriving modern city as well. and while its glorious tsarist past is most evident downtown, a more contemporary cultural phenomenon is celebrated in the suburban krasnogvardeyskiy area. it's there where the street art museum is to officially open its doors in 2016 on the vast industrial grounds of sloplast, a fully operational laminated plastics factory and the biggest of its kind in all of russia. almost 70 years old, many of the estate's buildings were left derelict during the 1990s but are to be redeveloped in the near future by helsinki-based practice jkmm architects.
a chimney built in 1992 has already been designated as the venue's landmark, while the boiler house will become home to an exhibition space and the resin factory is to be converted into a concert venue and skatepark. but the ambitious plans also include a hostel, a co-working space and restaurants. presently, up to 200,000 sqm. [2,152,782 sq.ft.] of wall space has been made available to street artists from home and abroad, and this could very well be increased. the site of the street art museum has already been visited by leading urban artist, such as the late p183, escif and timothy radya, and who've all left their unique mark on the premises. currently on is casus pacis [motive for peace] a showcase featuring the work of around 60 young urban artists from russia, ukraine and elsewhere.
the showcase is inspired by the coming centenary of world war I, and that despite huge losses and sacrifices, history seems to repeat itself when taking the tension between russia and ukraine - now further increased by the tragic crash of flight mh17 - into consideration. on another level the show is also a reflection on the current reality of urban artists. on display are over 200 works, ranging from giant murals and sculptures, to media art and performance art. mind you, throughout the summer the exhibition is accompanied by a program of lectures, informal talks and meets with artists. location: shosse revolyutsii 88 [krasnogvardeyskiy].