October 2015 – street-art Krakow
I did this street-art exploration in Krakow, Poland, on octobre 2015. The trip was a gift for my birthday, it began with a huge hang-out in the bars of Krakow… “wódka proszę!”
Fortunately, I had prepared everything with a city-map and some places that i had found on internet. But as always, the best surprises happen when you don’t wait for them and i’ve luckily found some unexpected walls. Most of the photos were taken in the south side of the Vistule (the Krakow river), in the Podgórze and Kazimierz quarters which were part of the jewish ghettos during WWII. These places are still marked by history…
At the end of this page, you’ll find links to discover more about the artists.
Ding Dong Dumb
By BLU. An outstanding artist from Bologna created his work during the Art. Boom Tauron Festival in 2012. Do You recognize the colours of the papal flag?
Location: At the corner of Józefińska and Piwna streets
Tolerancja (Tolerance) Designed by Sebastian Bożek.
The work was created in co-operation with group ‘Mural’ during Polikultura Culture and Media Festival.
Location: No. 1 Przemysłowa Street
By Filip Kuźniarz. Fascinating project inspired by the prose of Stanisław Lem, eminent Polish science fiction writer.
Location: No. 2 Józefińska Street
For god’s sake censorship is everywhere
By PIKASO. This time we have to deal with work of excellent muralist, who provokes us – Think! Contests the reality! Break up the schemes!
Location: No. 5 St. Lawrence (Św. Wawrzyńca) Street
By PIL PELED. Extremely graphic representation of the Lion of Judah (emblem of Israel), painted by outstanding Israeli artist. Huge, impressive mural was created during the ‘Krakow 23d Festival of Jewish Culture’.
Location: At the corner of Wąska and St Lawrence ( Św. Wawrzyńca) streets
By Kamil Kuzko. Well-known artist was the coordinator of the project, which was attended by professors, PhD students and students linked with Krakow Academy of Fine Arts. What was the occasion? Polish-German Contemporary Art Biennial. See remarkable effect!
Location: No. 19 St. Lawrence (Św. Wawrzyńca) Street
By Broken fingaz. This impressive mural was created during the 24th Jewish Culture Festival and was inspired by the works of Maurice Lilien an excellent representative of the art nouveau. Mural is dedicated to Jewish Bosak Family, that lived in the hous for 400 years until world war II.
Location: No. 3 Bawol Square
By Nawer i Sepe. The combination of extremely different creative personalities and two extremely different styles. Mural covers the facade of a former cosmetics factory.
Location: Fabryka Klub, No. 3 Zabłocie Street
Roads to freedom
By Mikołaj Rejs. The artist painted this unique mural in co-operation with a group of young people. The project ‘Roads to Freedom’ was organized by the MOCAK and the US Consulate in Krakow.
Location: The wall of Wawel Candy Fabric (No. 18 Kącik Street)
By Gregor Gonsior i Fabien Lédé. Two artists – Polish and French (Lédé is a graduate of the academies of fine arts in Orlean and Wroclaw) tell us about urban legends and a little psychedelic atmosphere of Kazimierz, using the artistic language of a mural. A must-see.
Location: No. 3 Kupa Street
Untitled at the wall of Galicia Jewish Museum
By Marcin Wierzchowski. The artist referred to the traditional Jewish paper cut-outs. He showed the old Jewish Diaspora and modern Israel, connected by common tradition (symbolized by the image of menorah).
Location: No. 18 Dajwór Street
Designed by Aleksandra Toborowicz. This unique work refers to the the Tetris game and Mayan inscription in Tortuguero in Mexico (yes, that one, which was interpreted as a prophecy of the end of the world in 2012). So ‘Game over?’
Location: No. 24 Józefińska Street
By Piotr Lutyński. The artist is strongly associated with the Podgórze district and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK). This work was created on the initiative of residents of the estate and the President of the construction company. It shows, how strong is the social need to transform the surrounding reality through art.
Location: at the corner of Ślusarska and Romanowicza Streets
Designed by Aleksandra Toborowicz and Artur Wabik. Another socially engaged work of these excellent Polish artists – this time, a creative promotion of reading.
Location: No. 3a Traugutta Street
Location: ulica marszałka józefa piłsudskiego
BLU ARTIST : http://www.blublu.org/
BROKEN FINGAZ CREW : http://brokenfingaz.com/
Mikołaj Rejs : https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikolajreys
Thanks to http://guide-krakow.com/street-art/ for details, explanations and locations.
Thanks to Solène for the trip. Love.
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