It seems that Fairey's work has been interpreted by some as a piece of official propaganda in support of the demolition, not least given that the artist received payment from the city council. This led to a very hostile reception. Fairey and his assistant were physically attacked and the mural they had produced was vandalised: paint bombs were thrown at it and the phrase "No peace!" was added. This has prompted Fairey to allow the work to be altered: the word "peace" has been replaced by a text reading "Intet glemt, intet tilgivet 69" (nothing forgotten, nothing forgiven 69). In addition, the lower register now shows protestors being confronted by riot squads whilst the blades of a police helicopter whirl overhead.
All this is a far cry from the habitual link between the Nordic countries and peace. It is therefore fitting that I should have found out about the erasure of that very word - PEACE - from Fairey's mural on the day that I gave my paper, "Banal Nordism: Recomposing an old song of peace" at the Nordisk historikermøte 2011 conference currently taking place in the Norwegian city of Tromsø.
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