For so long kept stony silent, the walls of Warsaw are speaking up, channeling the voice of the wider community through the medium of art. Loaded with relevant messages and subliminal meaning, the gargantuan works that have been splashed onto the sides of buildings are transforming the city, and nowhere more so than the gritty side streets of old Praga.”
The capital of Poland has some incredible street art. One snowy afternoon we went exploring in Praga to find some fantastic murals, cool graffiti and colourful art! Scroll down for a FREE map of where you can find these pieces of art.
Dziura (Mackiewicza 1)
“To me holes are synonymous with childhood,” says German muralist 1010 in explanation of his signature 3D hole-in-the-wall. “They speak of trying to discover something that’s out-of-reach, something that will always remain unknown…”.
This is a really cool mural. It tricks you by playing with spacial dimensions. It is best seen from across the road but it was great to see up close as well.
Castle (Mińska 12)
An artist from Sheffield created what is seen as one of Warsaw’s citizens’ favorite mural in Warsaw. I love this Kafkaesque creation of combing the windows within the castle structure. Pigeons perching on the window sills really made this piece of art come to life. Again there seems to be the theme of lost childhood with the castle motive. Yet it is floating and thus unattainable and not grounded in reality.
Update: as of November 2017 Castle is no more, it is now gone, together with the building it was painted on.
Bird & Snake (Bliska 23)
To continue the international theme, our next mural was painted by a Chinese artist. Some see this as unsettling due to the imagery and its composition consisting of several thousand tangled strands. The city reported that it has had an unexpected result of slowing traffic as motorists slow down to view this mural. Originally this dark piece of art was intended to instil respect towards wildlife. It is very close to the Dworzec Wschodni bus station.
Goose (Brzeska 14A)
Our final mural is the Goose. Originally started by an Italian artist he was joined by dozens of school children who helped create and design ‘the goose’. It is a colourful piece of art and seen as one of the most upbeat murals. The artist strove to provide school children with a hobby rather than to inspire political debate. I liked this mural.
Make sure you leave some time to visit the Praga side of Warsaw during your city break. Hunt down these murals and see if you can spy any other pieces of graffiti.
We ran out of time to visit some of the other famous murals such as ‘the playground’ and ‘fight club’ (the locations of both of these murals are on the map) so I am sure we will come back some day!
Have I missed any important murals in Warsaw? Would you like to go street art hunting in Praga, Warsaw, Poland?