Some more stencil art, from my neighbourhood.
Hostel Ruthensteiner is one of those places that I can now truly recommend to visitors. I was there interviewing someone earlier in the week, and was really impressed by the friendly atmosphere, the backyard and the light and pleasant colours at the hostel. They also have bike hire (although citybikes are cheaper), free wifi, etc… and at a really ok price! If I have people coming through this is where I’ll send them. I just thought it was funny as I was walking down the parallel street to Aussere Mariahilferstrasse looking for the place.. and it dawned on me that yeah, it’s fairly easy to see where the hostel is located! 😀
On a sidenote… it also is a bit disappointing how people are tagging crosses over the original swastika all over the place, misinterpreting it as the Nazi symbol (see the scribbling on the wall). Come on peepz… it’s gotta be rotated 45 degrees!! Otherwise it’s actually just a fairly innocent symbol from Sanskrit, which has no connotation to Nazis other than the fact that they rotated it and stole that as their symbol. I saw the original swastika all over the place when I visited vietnam and cambodia, on ancient buildings, graveyards etc. And I’m pretty sure they’re not Nazis. End rant.
You can see these on the canal, below where WU used to be at Spittelau.
This little one quite resembles one that is painted on the wall close to Haus des Meeres in the 6th district. I suspect it’s the same artist 🙂
And next to it there are some strange looking bull-men. All in all though, a nice little collection!
Lately you might have noticed that I’m sharing other blogposts every now and then, and now this picture – I figured that if I really like it and it’s about Vienna then why not? Vienna is much too large for one person to cover all alone. I’m not likely to make it out to Hütteldorf in the near future, and still this thing is there for all the people who walk there to see. So, it fits. And thanks to Jan Clemens now you all get to see this little part of Vienna.
It seriously took me a long time to realise what this was. I thought it was some woman with golden hair, or something, but one day I had a second look at it and realised that it’s actually an octopus. And it’s even quite well done. It’s been there for as long as I can remember, probably because it’s in such an awkward location that no one really wants to go to the effort of tagging over it. 🙂
The days are just so warm and beautiful this week! This piece of graffiti caught my eye as I was cycling home past Schwedenplatz yesterday afternoon. It’s a picture of the Danube Canal monster… one of the nice pieces on the canal I think. There is so much shit being sprayed on the sides there nowadays… almost as if the people have lost their will to produce nice stuff.
I love this place. I have to go back there someday soon! It is actually a massive butchery – you can read the history (in German though) here.
My brief translation:
In 1797 they started digging some canals around the old beef market, and so it had to move from Stubentor to St. Marx. Between 1846 and 1851 they built the first slaugherhouse on the site (Arena). The central cattle market which supported the sale of large horned cattle as well as smaller, already slaughtered animals was built between 1879 and 1884. The entrance to this market in Viehmarktgasse was decorated by the artist Anton Smidgruber (1837-1909), and is an artwork in sand stone showing two bulls. Further in 1910 a slaughterhouse for pigs was built, and in 1916/17 the ‘Auslandsschlachthof’ (which translate roughly into a butchery for importet animals). This Auslandsschlachthof was expanded between 1920 and 1922.
The slaughterhouses were all closed in 1970 due to modernisation and the establishment of the meat market in St. Marx. And, it is at the site of the Auslandsschlacthhof that the current Arena was established, to make use of the buildings that were just standing there.
I was just passing it on my way back from OBI – had to get some home improvement stuff.
I’ve had kind of a crap day… very happy to arrive back home!!
I did notice these tags around the place, probably because I thought they were quite crappy, and sprayed in places where graffiti shouldn’t be… Like on clean walls, doors, monuments etc. Like someone who really just doesn’t care that he is destroying property. Well, turns out this dude really doesn’t care, and he was finally arrested about a week or two ago, to the relief of many Viennese. Apparently he wanted to become ‘public enemy nr.1’ or something, and seems he has succeeded at least to some extent.
I like a lot of the graffiti that you can see around town. There are some amazingly talented people out there, who can do wonders with spray cans. But I really dislike seeing tags on buildings and doors, especially when they are just tags with no substance.
I don’t have much confidence when it comes to black and whites, but after some kind comments from Lois on my facebook page I decided to feature this one today. I took it on a whim to send to my friend Annika in New Zealand. 🙂 It’s just an Instagram photo… but it did turn out nice, albeit far from ‘proper camera quality.’
One of my favorite pieces, already posted on the Facebook site. I will be sad when this gets tagged over. It’s been by Strandbar Herrmann for a few years at least.
Vietnam is still going well! But I miss Vienna, and cooler temperatures. I’m uploading HEAPS of photos on Instagram if you’re interested – username Tienchen0312. 🙂
This is a piece that I’ve had a canvas made from. I really liked the artist’s expression; the soft touches and the slight resemblance to tikis. I had both this one and the one below printed on canvases, and they’re now hanging in my office to greet my students as they come to see mee. I haven’t been down to the canal for a while, but I know that the top one is gone already – covered by a new piece. Such is the life down there – any piece only lasts as long as it’s valued by the onlookers, and so nothing lasts forever…
(The two prints)
On my way to the airport today I rode past one of my favourite railside tags in Vienna. Someone has sprayed a little subway train onto the side of the rails, which depicts the U4 subway going towards Heiligenstadt. It’s super cute! I’m on my way home to Norway today, as my mum has had surgery, and I’m gonna be there to take care of her during the first days home from the hospital. I’ll be running some old captures, but I promise they’ll all be representative of Vienna today. (Things don’t really change that fast here…). 😉
Caught this little combo while walking home. I kinda liked it, because you have the poster that says ‘movement is life’ and right under it someone drew a monkey on a bicycle, in front there are the bicycles, and just as I took the photo a little brat on a scootybike zoomed past me. Movement really is life… I can feel it in every muscle in my body after the visit to Manhattan yesterday. All good, but makes me very aware of moving at all today! 😀