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Fascinate in February 2011

Fascinate is a graffiti painting at an industrial park in Bromsten, Stockholm.

Fascinate was created by Circle and Tariq (Tarik Saleh),[1] then 17 years old, in 1989 and was then the largest graffiti painting in northern Europe. It is painted on an outside wall of an industrial building and was made with consent from the property owner. Fascinate is one of the world's oldest still existing graffiti paintings.[2]

In 1989 graffiti was a relatively new phenomenon in Sweden. The Bromsten industrial area was reconstructed into a residential area starting in 2018.[3] A discussion took place about possible protection of Fascinate as the Stockholm City Museum considered it culturally valuable. In 2008, however, the center-right majority in the city planning committee decided that the painting should not be maintained, referring to the city's graffiti policy, which says that the city should not "participate in activities that in any way encourages graffiti".[4]

After a period of uncertainty regarding the future of Fascinate, the wall became the first graffiti work in Sweden to be officially protected in 2015. The rest of the building is to be demolished and the area around the wall transformed into a park.[5]


  1. ^ Fria Tidningen: Hög tid för en ny syn på graffiti
  2. ^ Stockholms Fria: Oviss framtid för väggmålning som skrämmer och fascinerar
  3. ^ https://xn--vxer-loa.stockholm/omraden/spanga-bromstensstaden/
  4. ^ Borg, Kristian. "Stockholms klotterpolicy förbjuder även laglig graffiti". stockholmsfria.se (in Swedish). Stockholms Fria Tidning. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  5. ^ Weibull, Hedvig. "Första graffitimålningen i Sverige skyddad". svt.se (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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Coordinates: 59°22′53″N 17°54′34″E / 59.38139°N 17.90944°E / 59.38139; 17.90944