Warsaw Street Art

31 May 2018

Poland has long embraced the fact that large scale artwork and design motifs can be a fascinating and creative option for advertising or, more recently, as an outlet for the artistic visions of local and international street and mural artists. During the communist era huge advertisements were often painted onto the gable ends of buildings and factories. With the current fashion for all things retro and the undeniable coolness of Polish design from the 1960s - 80s those murals which have survived till today are once again being seen as something to cherish. A fine example, advertising the Toto lottery, can be seen on a vast wall along ul. Widok (G-8) in the city centre; its current shabby state only adds to its sense of history and charm.

Today, street art around the city is going through a tidal wave of popularity and notoriety. Each summer the Street Art Doping Festival invites Europe's top street artists to leave their large scale marks around town. Examples of their murals can be seen at ul. Racławicka 17 (F-15), ul. Rakowiecka 2C (G-13) and ul. Bliska 23 (in Praga Południe) respectively. Home-grown work can also be seen all around the city, with the more down at heel districts of Praga and Wola being particularly well represented. Keep your eyes open for the projects of sweetly subversive local heroine NeSpoon; her stencil series - based on motifs of traditional Polish lace designs - is often seen in the unlikeliest of places.

If it's something you're interested in, we highly recommend you check out some street art in Warsaw, but be quick, one of our favourite murals of a castle in the sky, once located on ul. Mińska 12 (Praga Południe) is no more - gone with the building it was painted on! So too was another communist-era mural, once found at the end wall of a tenement block along ul. Wolska, a crazy typographical mishmash of overlapping texts headed by the PRL slogan of ‘Mleko = Zdrowie’ (Milk = Health). And so it comes to pass, murals are often painted on derelict buildings, or buildings marked for demolition to make way for some fancy development, so it's quite hard to tell how long the artwork will last. But fear not, for more murals pop up in the city than are lost to us. You can't destroy them all!


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Zürich, Switzerland
Street art warschau hat leider keine kleinen roten spraydosen auf der karte :(
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