The Dutch street art crew, called “the Banksy of football” by FourFourTwo magazine, are coming to America. To Minneapolis. For Mpls City.
They got their start in the town of Almere, not far from Amsterdam, and are named for the great Dutch player Clarence Seedorf, who grew up in Almere. The work primarily in Almere and Amsterdam, though as their popularity has increased so has their area of operation. They were recently in Milan, and have a history of work in Italy. Not too long ago they did a large installation for Gianluigi Buffon. And, to underline their credentials as serious artists, they have a large feature in the Amsterdam Museum.
They have never been to the United States before. They have never featured an American player or an American club.
But that all changes this summer when they travel to the City of Lakes.
Their stock in trade is the most famous names from the most famous clubs in world soccer. Players like Clarence Seedorf, Diego Maradona, Matthijs de Ligt, and Gabriel Batistuta are in their long list of hand painted, semi-permanent street art installations over the years.
So it’s especially cool that Minneapolis City players are going to join that illustrious group.
This isn’t a paid installation. They are doing this because it seems like fun–and because our little DIY club is a great values match with a street art crew that is using their soccer-inspired are to bring beauty and interest to their community. To making it a better place.
While we know they are coming to visit at the end of July and we know that they have one piece to reveal that celebrates a fan, and club, favorite player (because we asked them nicely to create it), they are a group of anonymous street artists. They do what they want. So they’re operating independently and we don’t know all that they have in store.
But it’s a group of world famous artists coming to Minneapolis to celebrate our players, our club, this DIY thing we’ve all built together. Pretty cool, huh?