Sunday, August 13, 2017

284. Bulgarian Street Art

Completing my "Senior's Gap Year" in Eastern Europe, I decided on a return visit to Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria. My first visit was at the end of winter in April/May and now in August the city is in the height of summer with temps in the high 30s - quite a contrast ... back then it was Tulips in all the municipal gardens - now the Marigolds and the Petunias have taken over - back then it was jacket, beenie and scarf, now it's t-shirt, shorts and sandals ... !!! ...

I returned to Sofia because I found the city friendly, clean, interesting and not crowded with those pesky tourists that get in the way - and also to continue exploring Bulgarian art and to visit the sites I missed last time ...

The Bulgarians love their Street Art and their graffiti - well, at least the artists do - not too sure about how the residents who have the messages scrawled over their walls feel about the subject. I did get some "frowning" looks from many of the locals as I wandered the streets taking photos ... !!! ... but certainly no abuse nor threats of deportation ...

So here are some of my favourites from both visits - from my visit to the coastal city of Varna then from Sofia. 

Street Art in Varna ...






 



Then onto Sofia ...


... a parking lot in central Sofia ...









... telco and power boxes are a favourite ...
























... detail ...







... I tried to translate this, but got hopelessly lost ...
Google Translate can't handle different scripts ... sorry 











... even skip bins make a good canvas ...


So there are just a few examples of the more "creative" Street Art in Sofia - I'll probably discover more as I wander the streets over the next couple of weeks, and maybe even enough for another blog. 

I'll let you be the judge as to whether or not it is art or graffiti - or is art graffiti - or graffiti art ... ??? ... Glory be - must be time for a drink ...