Just a house front I liked 🙂
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!!