Prague, Czech Republic (photo: Gosia Głowacka, 22.08.2014)
Before I die
I would like to see people around who oftener smile at and help each other rather than swearing and harm one another …
I would like to reduce disparities in distributing goods of this world between the richest and the poorest
I would like people to understand that by destroying our beautiful planet they undercut the branch they sit on
I would like to travel to the farthest and most oriental corners of the world without fear that I might not come back alive (e.g. as a result of military operations carried out in these areas, epidemics, terrorist attacks etc.)
I would like that white is always white and black is black without necessity to prove it
I would like that my son grew into a wise, happy man as well as he will be surrounded by that kind of people
I would like that hate speech is replaced by LOVE speech
… so it seems that there are many more years of life ahead of me for these wishes to come true;). And you – what would you like / want to do / see / experience before your earthly journey will finish?
Made by: Marta Frej, Warsaw, Poland (photo: Jakub Kosiorek, listopad 2016)
The mural is by Marta Frej. It commemorates the protests against the proposed bill that would ban all abortions submitted to the Polish Parliament by members of “Ordo Juris”.
There were several events organized in October 2016 including the Black Protest, the Dignity March, the Women’s Strike. Signatures were collected voicing the opposition to the proposed amendments of the already very restrictive abortion law.
“The Black Protest, the Dignity March and the Women’s Strike involved several hundred thousand women and their families standing together in the defense of women’s dignity, health and life,” says Weronika Paszewska of Akcja Demokracja.
“Almost a thousand people supported the idea to commemorate those events by donating money for a large mural. It will remind everyone that women in Poland will keep fighting for their dignity and will not let arrogant politicians limit their rights.”
I am a WOMAN – I HAVE THE RIGHT to live with dignity and myself decide for myself.
Made by:INO, Port of Piraeus, Athens, Greece (Photo:. Gosia Głowacka, 04.04.2016)
Greek visual artist iNO created this mural on the center of Piraeus Port, one of the largest seaports in the Mediteranean sea located in Greece. The artist was interviewed by the National Geographic staff and the mural creation procedure was filmed for an upcoming documentary. The artwork is entitled “We Have The Power” and is depicting a child looking up at a huge portrait of the ancient philosopher Democritus. Knowledge is power.
An educated society has power, which no devious hypocrite will be able to destroy by trying to impose his will. A society in which the level of education is low is more prone to manipulation and to unrealistic promises of populists. Therefore, such a society can be easily manipulated and used by cynical political players and representatives of religious associations or churches. Let’s educate ourselves and the others – May the Force be with us!.
Made by.: Marcin Urbanek, project:: collective work, Warsaw, Poland (Phot. Monika Saczyńska, August 12, 2012)
Two big murals were created on the walls of the Tamka 37 House (the mural-map) and the Kopczyński 5/7 House (the mural-comic book) by the Frederic Chopin’s Museum in Warsaw. The unveiling of the murals took place on 25th June 2010 and it was one of many events which commemorated Chopin’s Year in Warsaw. Both projects were effects of the Warsaw City’s campaign ‘Frederic in Warsaw 200 years from a great move’. The artworks are an homage paid by Warsaw street-art artists to Frederic Chopin. The project’s aim was to show Chopin, associated with – first of all – high culture, in a way attractive for young people.
The artworks will remain on the buildings for at least 5 years to come.
The comic book mural (Tamka Street 37, by a fountain Złota Kaczka)
A composition contains 18 works designed by various artists from whole world. The artwork in collage style shows the composer in the company of persons and stories from his life or objects commonly associated with him: George Sand, a Japan tourist, Napoleon Bonaparte as well as the planetoid called after the composer. Artists did not know – during their work – in which part of “comic book” would take place their project.
The map mural (Kopczyńskiego Street 5/7)
The artwork is the audacious portrait of Frederic Chopin walking on Tamka Street. A big map of Warsaw is depicted in the place of his head.Chopin’s map-head, divided by Vistula, is filled with the persons associated with his life. The left side shows the Warsaw’s life of Chopin and the right side describes subsequent part of Chopin’s life.
Ger. “Berliner Mauer”, Berlin, Germany (photo: Aleksandra Sawicka, February 2015)
From the 13th of August 1961 to the 9th of November 1989 The Berlin Wall separated West Berlin from East Berlin.
The East Side Gallery (as it is called) stretches along the river Spree and is the longest outdoor gallery. 101 large-format paintings covers more than 1.3 kilometers of the Berlin Wall. It starts near the East Railway Station (Ostbanhof) and ends in Warsaw Street (Warschauer Strasse).
The East Side Gallery is one of the most famous landmarks on the tourist map of Berlin. It is mentioned in almost every guidebook and is visited by 1.5 million tourists a year. The first graffiti was created in 1990 and only a year later in 1991 this section of the wall started being protected as a monument. In 1996 the association for the purpose of taking care of the wall and to preserve this important symbol of reconciliation for the future generations was estalished. By the end of 2009 all the murals were renovated and preserved.
The most famous painting is “The fraternal kiss” (picture no 2, on left side) by Dimitri Vrubel. The characters presented in it are Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker the former Soviet leader and the former East German leader respectively. The two met in 1979 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic celebrations. Till today there have been disputes as to who initiated the kiss.
The painting by Birgit Kinder “Test the Best” which shows the Trabant piercing through the wall (picture no 6, on left side) is equally symbolic. One of the passages in the wall closed with the metal bars (picture no 3, on the right side) is very popular among those in love. They like to hang padlocks on the trellises as a symbol of their love.
Did you know? (Source: Wikipedia)
Fragments of the Berlin Wall exported from Berlin
The largest fragment of the Berlin Wall is located in Poland, Lower Silesia, in the village of Sosnówka near Oleśnica. There are about 25 pieces of concrete blocks with graffiti that once
made the Berlin Wall. The collection belongs to a Polish doctor who lives in Berlin.
Project: Krzysztof Bagiński, Warsaw/Poland (Photo: Monika Saczyńska, 18. Mai 2013)
The mural “Chopin in Warsaw” was painted on the east wall of the house Górnośląska 8. It was fulfilled by Goodloking Studio as a part of the Warsaw City’s campaign ‘Frederic in Warsaw 200 years from a great move’. The target of the campaign was to remember that Chopin was deeply connected with Warsaw, where he spend the half part of his life (it means 20 years). He commended in his last will that his heart should rest in Warsaw (There is the urn with the Chopin’s heart in the Saint Cross Church, Krakowskie Przedmieście Street 3). The idea of Bagiński’s project was using simple symbols which were unambiguously connected with Chopin (a piano) and Warsaw (the Palace of Culture and Science).
(On the photo we can see a little “bonus”. The tooth, which was painted in the bottom part of the work, is a mark of vandalisem)
Made by: members of Design Futura group, Lodz, Poland (photo: Gosia Głowacka, January 2013)
Mural on Piotrkowska – a mural located in Lodz on the wall of the building at 152 Piotrkowska Street.
The idea to paint such a large mural was born in 2000 during the event “Colorful Tolerance”. The idea for this painting, which occupies 600 square meters, was approved in August 2001. Work on it started in September, and the whole project was completed on November 26. Initially the mural was designed under a working title “Boat Victorious,” showing a ship sailing on the ocean shortly after winning a battle with another, already sinking, ship. This idea, however, was modified, as initially seen as ”not urban enough, with too few elements typically associated with Piotrkowska Street“. The authors of the giant mural are members of Design Futura. To create it, 30m wide and 20m high, they used about 2,000 cans of spray paint. When finished in 2001, it was the largest mural in the world at the time, and today remains among the largest graffiti murals in Europe.
Graffiti on the Berlin Wall from the east, Berlin, Germany (photo: Gosia Głowacka, December 2013)
East Side Gallery – the gallery-memorial for freedom created by artists from around the world on a part of the Berlin Wall with a length of 1316 m, located near the East Railway Station in Berlin.
The gallery consists of about 106 paintings. The first images were created by Christine Mac Lean in December 1989 after the fall of the Wall. Kasra Alavi, Kani Alavi, Jim Avignon, Thierry Noir, Ingeborg Blumenthal, and Ignasi Blanch Gisbert and others very soon followed her by creating probably the world’s largest picture gallery in the open air.