September 24, 2019 - Herceg Novi has received two new murals. One could be found on the wall beside the crossing of the Stairway of Danica Tomasevic and the Pet Danica Promenade. Another one is drawn on the wall along with the steps in Risanska Street. Both themes are the sea. The murals were painted as part of this year's Street Art Festival.
The artistic solutions chosen at the public competition were painted by the professor of fine arts and 3D artist, Milivoje Kostic at the Promenade, and by Marko Petričević and Maša Laković at the School of Fine Arts, Cetinje.
The mural of Milivoj Kostic, on the wall at the bottom of the Stairway of Danica Tomasevic, with intense color, through the expressive artistry and three-dimensional effect, reflects the magical and fairy-tale world of "fish" and thus artificially fits into a series of murals of marine motifs.
The work of Marko Petricevic and Masa Lakovic is an old map of Herceg Novi and the Gulf, work of Vincenzo Coronelli, the most prominent Italian cartographer in the 17th century. Coronelli was the founder of the oldest geographical association, whose works served as the basis for all later cartographers and explorers of this part of Europe. Drawings of vessels representing the modern era are red-painted over this map.
The painted solutions were chosen in a public competition, and the works submitted were decided by an expert jury consisting of Anita Simic, Vuk Cvoro, and Nikola Curcin.
In addition to painting murals, this year's Street art festival hosted 3D painting workshops for elementary students at the schools "Daso Pavicic" and "Ilija Kisic." Milivoj Kostic, a professor of fine arts, recognized as the first professional 3D street art artist in Serbia, founder of artistic groups, author of creative and psychosocial workshops for young people, have been working with the children of one of the murals.
Part of the Street Art Festival's program was a concert by the American band Break of Reality at Fort Fort Mare. The attendees were enthralled by the cello-rock sound of one of the first alt-classical camera ensembles in the world to be named the United States Music Ambassadors. This program was implemented in cooperation with the US Embassy in Montenegro.
The organizer of the Street Art Festival is the Secretariat for Culture and Education of the Municipality of Herceg Novi. The festival aims to enhance public spaces with artistic murals and promote the city as a place of comfortable living while affirming contemporary forms of art.