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The random street art of Vienna

June 18, 2012 | Austria, Travel | 21 Comments
Vienna street art

I’ll admit that I didn’t love Vienna.  After falling hard for Ljubljana earlier in the week, the size, cost and weather of the Austrian capital just didn’t work so well for me.  It wasn’t terrible or anything, but it just didn’t excite me as much as I thought it might.

What did excite me, however, was the discovery of several hundred metres of street art literally on the banks of the Danube.  I love street art no matter where I find it – I used to spend hours checking it out while living in Melbourne, and happily do the same anywhere else in the world.  Vienna was one place that I didn’t expect it, however – the city just seemed a bit too buttoned down and cleaned up.

While out looking for bars on the river (which we never did find…), we decided to turn right instead of left at a random bridge and climb down to water level.

This was the result.

Vienna street art

I’m not quite certain who these cast of characters were.  I have a feeling, however, that a bad acid trip may have been involved in their creation.

Vienna street art

You can see why.

Vienna street art

Skull guy and concerned monkey meet octopus with a cauldron for a head.  I’m pretty sure this was based on the artist’s real life experiences.

Vienna street art

I have no idea what this is.  None whatsoever.  Do you?

Vienna street art

I recognise the heart.  The rest?  Not so much.

 

Vienna street art

I really do not envy this guy’s oral hygienist at all.

 

Vienna street art

Upside-down dead bird thing.  Ok then.  Moving right along…

 

Vienna street art

Are your kids misbehaving?  Would you like to scare them a little?  I think I can help you with that…

 

Vienna street art

And finally something far less bizzare.  It’s simply a giant frog being licked by a random woman..

Totally normal.

 

Thanks for making Vienna a whole lot more interesting, whoever you are…

 

So, where have you found your favourite street art?

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21 Comments

  1. Reply

    mhmmm...interesting?! Well they ARE good artists (artists?)

    Ok let me re-phrase this, I LOVE street art too! And the drawings are really good, but damn do I understand anything?! haha :D Except for the frog photo because it has explanation...1 frog a day keeps the doctor away, I shall use his/her wisdom and licking 1 frog everyday :P

  2. Reply

    Christine

    June 18, 2012

    So awesome! I definitely didn't think that Vienna would be a cool street art city, I just remember a lot of white walls. Glad I was mistaken :) Totally missing GOOD street art like Melbs--Zagreb is just covered in average and ugly graffiti tags.

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      Dave

      June 19, 2012

      Yeah it was quite the contrast between the white walls and pristine cobblestones, and this little slice of randomness down by the river!

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    Ayngelina

    June 18, 2012

    The street art is pretty cool but interesting that you didn't like Vienna. I was not a fan of Innsbruck - very pretty but didn't have much heart. I doubt I'll return to Austria.

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      Dave

      June 19, 2012

      I think the 'heart' thing was what I was looking for in Vienna as well. Pretty sure it's there, but not really sure it's all that accessible to non-locals...

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      Andrea

      June 26, 2012

      I felt the same way about Innusbruck... such dour people! Vienna was better for sure. I'd go back!

  4. Reply

    Lauren

    June 18, 2012

    Hahahahaha! Oh, your pictures came out really well :)

    • Reply

      Dave

      June 19, 2012

      Why thank you my dear. :)

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    Dani

    June 18, 2012

    Cool photos! My favorite places for street art - in Europe: Valencia (No 1 spot for sure!) Lisbon and London, in North America: Toronto and San Francisco.

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    Tiffany

    June 19, 2012

    Haha yea those are pretty crazy!! I'm in Amman and haven't found cool or even weird street art where I am just some writing I don't understand :/ When I was in Mexico the murals were great though!

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    Candice

    June 19, 2012

    I'm going to Vienna in a few days! Wondering how I'll feel about it. That frog is whack. Wack?

  8. Reply

    Tash

    June 19, 2012

    Wow, those are some vibrant and trippy pieces!
    I, too, am becoming more and more obsessed with checking out street art. Living in Toronto at the moment is certainly helping that!

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      Andrea

      June 26, 2012

      Toronto DOES have some great street art! Here in Vancouver we seem to just have a lot of taggers...

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    Stephen

    June 26, 2012

    Always love a good street art post. Especially like the frog.

    Mmm...you didn't love Vienna. We have limited time in Europe...maybe we'll skip it.

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      Andrea

      June 26, 2012

      I thought Vienna was pretty cool... The Klimt museum alone made it worthwhile. Oh, and the apfel streudel!

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    Andrea

    June 26, 2012

    I too love street art. Have you been to Granada, Spain? That's where I saw some of the best during my 6 months in Europe. The weather was crap when I was in Vienna as well, but I left wanting more... I needed more time. Next visit!

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      Dave

      June 26, 2012

      I haven't been to Granada yet ... had kinda hoped to get there this year, but it's not looking too likely. :( Everyone keeps recommending it though!

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    Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    November 21, 2012

    That clown will give me nightmares now! I actually enjoyed Vienna but I totally can see how it can not excite folks. I love history and I could see it everywhere so that probably did it for me. The locals are indeed not the warmest. In terms of beautiful street art, have you ever been to Santiago, Chile? Barrio Bellavista is a great place for street art.

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      Dave

      November 21, 2012

      Yeah - I think it was just the contrast to Ljubljana that made Vienna less *wow* for me. Ahh well.

      I haven't been to Chile (or anywhere in South America actually), but I'm really looking forward to it. I'll hopefully finally get there - long overdue - sometime in 2014.


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