Posts Tagged ‘wall art’

Graffiti Town – Part V

November 12th, 2010

This is the final (and long overdue) part in the five-part series on graffiti, wall art and tagging in Brussels, Belgium, and Barcelona, Spain. You can check out parts 1 through 4 here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Barcelona is so graffiti-mad that you can even find cool post cards of the wall art all over town.

Seen from Park Guell looking out over Barcelona.

I’d love to know how they got all the way up the wall…

Voom-voom!

On a different note, some very different and amazing stuff lined up:

More coming soon!

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Graffiti Town – Part IV

October 5th, 2010

Seems Barcelona, Spain is about as graffiti-mad as any place could be. And here I’d thought that Brussels, Belgium would win the “Look-I’m-Plastered-With-Graffiti” prize (see earlier Graffiti Town series Part I, Part II and Part III).

So, here is the first of an additional two parts to the Graffiti Town series.

Voom-voom!

It’s poker time!

I’ll have a little Dali with my coffee, thank you.

…and then have some more Dali with my beer.

You can’t really go anywhere in Barcelona without tripping over a mermaid.

What I don’t get is why there’s blood dripping from the moon’s lips… Vampire Moon?

Ok, why is Woody Woodpecker checking out Jessica Rabbit’s tush? I mean, I know why. I guess the question is, why is she looking at him that way, and where’s Roger Rabbit?

On another note, that STILL is an awesome movie.

Faintly Aztec-ish, perhaps?

…or not.

‘Cause lions need haircuts (manecuts?) too…

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Graffiti Town – Part III

August 28th, 2010

Carrying on from Part I and Part II, this is the third and last instalment of the series on graffiti, wall art and tagging on the streets of Brussels.

I was struck by the contrast between the different forms of self-expression – the random destructiveness and vandalism that seem to be the hallmarks of tagging, versus the artistry and/or fun of graffiti and wall art.

I found the social commentary, spray-painted on the wall of a gas station, particularly amusing.

We are there. Clearly.

The entirety of the wall was used for the image. Yep, that means that everything from the windows to the drain pipe to the texture of the wall was drawn and painted.

Overkill, perhaps?

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Graffiti Town – Part II

July 24th, 2010

Carrying on from Part I, this is the second instalment of what I now hope to turn into a three-part series on graffiti, tagging and wall art in Brussels.

These shots here were taken in the underground parking lot of the building one of my friends lives in. The building was named after an English icon and so the running theme seems to be all-English.

According to my friend, the reason all this graffiti was done is as follows: The building was originally a hospital. After the hospital was relocated, the building was left empty for a time. During that period, graffiti artists took advantage and ended up spray painting goodly portions of it. Later, when the building was restored and converted into apartments, the developers chose to commission the wall art a selection of which you see here.

Nothing says posh like fur, clearly.

This way to the basement.

Public school, anyone?

Keeping the peace.

I’m guessing the area, not the football club.

Oddly, rugby was featured, but not football.

Car wash!

And of course, Ascot. I guess you can’t have walls covered in references to everything posh and not cover Ascot.

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Graffiti Town – Part I

June 27th, 2010

This here is the first of a two-part series on graffiti and wall art in Brussels, as promised a while back.

Most of the pictures below were taken on or in the side streets around Rue Haute and Rue Blaes.

More coming soon!

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Wall Art & Comics

June 13th, 2010

Early this year I took a trip to Brussels to visit a friend.

I’d visited Brussels only once before for a day. And that as a small child. The one enduring impression I had of the city then was the sheer amount of graffiti all over the place.

After my visit this time, I can certainly confirm that wall art is certainly big over there.

I hope to share with you a short a series on graffiti and wall art in Brussels soon. Meanwhile, this here is a picture of the very first thing I saw upon exiting the Brussels Midi train station following my arrival:

The image, which took up the entirety of the wall of a tall building, is a spectacular reference to all manner of comic books characters prominent in popular culture in Europe and which were created by Belgian artists.

You can see characters from and references to: The Smurfs, Tintin, Leonard,  Blake & Mortimer, Thorgal, Spirou, and many many more. Belgium has a long and illustrious history producing some of the best in comics and has been a major influencer in the development of comics in Europe. If you’d like to know more, see here and here.

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