Reputed to be the world’s largest “gallery” of outdoor murals, over sixty now decorate the once tomb-like blocks of Zaspa drawing tourists, TV crews and journalists from around the globe.
Entitled “Wall of Culture”, the murals in Warsaw and Prague mark 40 years since the establishment of Solidarity, which played such a key role in the changes in the region at the end of 1980s.
The street artist who is known for her incredible lace-style murals that have appeared across the world has now unveiled her mesmerising new piece of work in Warsaw’s Propaganda Gallery.
Covering an area of 360 square metres on the side of a ten-floor apartment building, the mural features historical figures associated with the battle, including statesman Józef Piłsudski.
The mural will have the same ecological effect as planting 720 trees.
After being approached for ideas to lend a new lease of life to the complex, artist Wojciech Rokosz decided on a bird theme to compliment the surrounding trees and reference the richness of the local birdlife.
The 6 m wide by 3.5 m high painting in the city’s Rue de Montmorency, shows street artist Pascal Boyart’s "Pensées du bouffon rouge" (Thoughts of the red jester) which he calls a “reprise” of Matejko’s famous Stańczyk painting “with a few additions from our time”.
Famed for his urban landscapes, Tytus Brzozowski is now working on a project to paint 13 cities with a Polish connection.
Originally motivated by their ambition to provide the area with a visual identity, Bakcyl Studio’s large-scale art has now seen the district emerge as a legitimate rival to the capital’s Praga district as the city’s mural heartland.
TFN’s Alex Webber caught up with Olka to find out how she went from medical school dropout to becoming one of Poland’s leading creative exports with a client-base that reads like a who’s who of contemporary brands.