Vienna calling! Bringing you yet another street art testimony by Michael Harker, the photographer who documented the growing scene in the Austrian capital from his last trip.
What an incredible city, the omnipresent history, the wonderful architecture, the omnipresence of grandiose artists and musicians, the mentality of the people, the morbide feeling during the winter months and the mediterranean-like feeling of being outside during the summer months. You just have to love this metropolis.
I went to school there, studied there and I am drawn back to this city over and over again. ….. and for a few years now it has also turned into a street art hot spot in Europe. This has partly happened thanks to the initiative of Jakob Kattner of Warda Network who started the “Calle Libre Festival” with a few colleagues and who year after year attracts great international artists to vienna and provides them with projection surfaces across the city for their wonderful murals.
Vienna with a difference. Districts 6,7 and 8 should be emphasized here. Not only are there a lot of “Beiseln” small inns, typical for Vienna, but there are also lots of great murals to discover.
I´ve been staying here at the “Hotel Brillantengrund” for years with its beautiful inner courtyard, which in my opinion has the best Filippino cuisine in town.
By the way, ROA stayed here for some months to create one of his grandiose animal murals on a demolition house nearby. Unfortunately, the house has meanwhile been torn down. ROA is also drawn to Vienna again and again. Some of his fascinating animal stagings are still present in various parts of the city. Some of them can be seen in my book “icons of street art – big murals”. A separate chapter is dedicated to the artist himself.
Off to vienna!
Photographer Michael Harker lives in Germany with his wife Suzanne and recently published his own street art book, titled: ”Icons Of Street Art”.