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  • seandodson 6:27 pm on December 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexandros Vasmoulakis, , athens, , greece, , mural, ,   

    Alexandros Vasmoulakis: the brightest buckle in the graffiti belt 


    This summer I took a train from London to Istanbul and back again. As you cross the alps, from Austria to Slovenia say, you notice how much graffiti is painted on the walls of the big cities. It’s almost as if you hit the graffiti belt somewhere south of Graz.

    Most of it is despoilingly ugly, especially in Athens where the streets around many of the ancient monuments have been ruined with the most moronic of daubings. But then again there’s also the delightful work of Alexandros Vasmoulakis whose delicate, fantastic murals enliven the city marvelously.

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  • seandodson 2:44 pm on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , art trail, belgium, , brussels mural, , , , Hergé, , mural, tin tin,   

    Brussels’ art trail helps city shake off Eurocratic image 

    Let’s face it, Brussels has been painted as a stuffy sort of town. I’ve always whizzed through the Belgium capital en route to somewhere ostensibly more interesting. But recently I had been given a whole day to explore the city and I was thoroughly impressed with the place, not least the excellent working-class district of Marolles where I came across this fabulous art trail of mural paintings (above) by the city’s famous comic book artists. There’s apparently about 30 of them dotted around the city (there’s a semi-useful map here) , including work by Hergé, the inventor of Tin Tin. This kind of alternative art trail is an inspired way of encouraging you to explore the city’s lesser-known quarters. In seeking them out, you see that Brussels is far from the stuffy place you’re often led to imagine.

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