I spotted this as I was walking towards town from Thaliastrasse. It’s in Josef-strauss-park, but I have to say that the mural seemed to be the best thing about the place.. Not so much else to see there.
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.
Today is the first anniversary of my blog! One year ago I posted my very first post. I promised myself I’d keep going for at least one year, which technically speaking means I’ve made it. But, Now I’m really attached to it, so I’m going to keep going. Initially the goal of this blog was to connect with Vienna, as I was always criticising it for not being Wellington. Poor Vienna… what an unfair judgement I had passed on it! Still there are thousands of photos that could be posted. And there are so many wonderful restaurants yet to be visited, places and sights to see, churches to behold, events to attend, wonderful people I have yet to meet, and a whole new chapter of my life just waiting around the bend in the road. So yes, it has worked. I ❤ Vienna.
By now my blog is also starting to be the archive that I wanted it to be… it's possible to search for things – and find things – that you want to know about Vienna. Hurrah!
So today I have a scary clown for you. I think (or at least for me) it is supposed to be IT, from the Stephen King book/movie. And it has been there for the whole time that I have lived in Vienna, almost amazingly never tagged over. For us who live here it is a familiar sight, one which I see on averge twice a day when I'm on the U4 or cycling past it on the canal.
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 seriously some of the coolest scaffolding I’ve ever encountered. I was walking down Mariahilfer when I saw it, and my friend said it’s actually a phenomenon called ‘guerrilla knitting.’ Turns out, it has many names!
According to Wikipedia, it’s called Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting, and is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.
While yarn installations – called yarn bombs or yarnstorms – may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike other forms of graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. Nonetheless, the practice is still technically illegal in some jurisdictions, though it is not often prosecuted vigorously.
While other forms of graffiti may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising or vandalism, yarn bombing was initially almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places. It has since developed with groups graffiti knitting and crocheting worldwide, each with their own agendas and public graffiti knitting projects being run.
So there you have it. Yarn bombing! 🙂
I had plans to post a picture of H. C. Strache already when I started my blog. I knew that if posters of him popped up, I’d have no trouble finding one where he was somehow mutilated. Normally he gets a Hitler-mustashe due to his very right wing beliefs, but on this poster the artist has gone a bit more creative. Either, it signifies blood coming out from his mouth after being hit, or that he’s a Vampire, or…? In any case, the message is one of hate towards this person. I can’t say I have much love for him either, seeing as he is really, extremely right wing. His party FPÖ organises a ball every year, and it’s always attended by a hefty amount of protesters because of the type of people that go (racists). If you’re keen to check out some ‘live action’ of the ball protests, check out this news entry.
I should probably mention that his party has over 25% of the votes in Vienna….
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)