A different kind of inspiration

Vienna, or Wiener as they call it, was home to many great things when I was there recently.

Strong wine, lovely beer, a public transport system that seems to utilise the ‘honesty box’ payment method and finally some amazing street art.

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Graffiti, for the most part, is absolutely terrible. Pick a name and daub it all over town like a badge of honour. Look. I can write my name. A walk down the Danube in central Vienna shows you what you could have had. Interesting, different and carrying a strong illustrative quality. The people who created these works are most definitely artists – no matter what your own personal view on illegal street painting is.

So my advice – if you find yourself with an odd half hour in the Austrian capital, take a walk down the river and see if you spot anything you like. I would be very surprised if you didn’t.

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Footnote from the same trip. The East Side Gallery in Berlin (which is actually the remnants of the Berlin wall) is also pretty damn excellent.

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