Those of you who follow this blog know that I adore public art, in all of its myriad forms.
I love it for the splashes of color it brings to urban areas, and for the way it makes people stop in the middle of their busy lives and look at the world through a different set of eyes. I also believe that both the subject matter artists choose to depict in public places and the style they employ to present it has a lot to say. As observers, we can gain a little insight into not just the minds of the artists but also the wishes, dreams, frustrations, and disappointments of their communities.
For this final blogpost on my travels in the Balkans, I’m going to let the pictures do the talking. What follows is a selection of murals, graffiti, and painted utility boxes that I noticed while traveling in an area of the world that is very much in transition. There’s still a lot of sadness, anger, and pessimism in these nations torn apart by war, genocide, and financial struggle – and rightfully so. But there is also optimism, and not just in the subject matter of public art. I believe that the creation itself is an act of hope.