Casablanca slideshow

I have recently uploaded a video to youtube that I made with all the pictures that I took of street art in Casablanca.  You can find the link to the street art here.

Nicholai Khan – Think Vegas

Back in 2015 I saw these three murals by Nicholai Khan in Las Vegas.  Khan was born in Trinidad but moved to Manhattan (New York City) in the 1980’s.

three murals in a row by Nicholai Khan, with #thinkvegas written by them, a woman's face, Charlie Chaplin, and Mickey Mouse

a small tree grows in front of a murl of a large woman's face, the leaves of the tree match the position of woman' hair, by Nicholai Khan, think vegas

below: Charlie Chaplin & his dog, surrounded by laughter.

very colourful painting of man done with dots, sitting down, bowler hat on, sort of like Charlie Chaplin, with hundreds of ha ha ha written around him

below: Mickey Mouse doesn’t look very happy.

a sad and forlorn MickeyMouse sits with his head resting on his arms, mural

Casablanca seawall

There is a path that runs along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, leading to the new Hassan 2 mosque.  Beside the path is a wall that has been painted with street art.  When I walked here in October 2019, these are the murals that I saw.   I have only been able to identify some of the artists.

women leaning against railing on path beside the ocean in Casablanca, with Hassan 2 mosque and Atlantic Ocean in the background

below: “Oxymoron” by iramo aka Iramo Samir

woman's head and shoulders, mural by Iramo Samir called Oxymoron, most of her face is covered with flowers, lower part of face and shoulders is blue water with a person who seems to be drowning

below: Like all the murals on this wall, this one is looking out to sea

stylized painting of a black face with yellow mouth, blue around one eye, red hair,

mural on a wall in Casablanca, blue woman's face with black cloth around top of head

below: A man in a purple camo hat, by Majid aka Majid El Bahar

man's head, mural, wearing a purple camo hat and a black top with lots of white squiggles on it. A rope winds its way through the image

below: Casablanca plus text (artist’s tag) by TRUST

text graffiti by trust also with word casablanca and some scenes from that city

below: By  Moka 187

mural by vida moka of a topless man with orange pants, mask over face, teapot in one hand, running,

sea wall, with path below, beside the Atlantic Ocean in Casablanca, with Hassan 2 mosque in the background

below: Would you kiss a shark?  Even one that claims to love his mom?mural of a shark with toothy grin, words that say I want a kiss. Shark is holding a broom, has smd written on chest, as well as a red heart with word mom on it black line drawing mural on a wall, with faces

below: Close up of a man’s eyes and nose, signed as Senzoclouds aka Senzo or Mr. Clouds.

mural, close up of man's eyes and nose by Senzoclouds, senzo, mr clouds mural with woman in purple shirt and turquoise hat, holding arm in front of her face, mural two men sitting in front of a mural with woman in pink shirt and turquoise hat, holding arm in front of her face

a breown animal in profile, mouth open wide as it roars. a bear maybe

a dog-like creature wearing a baseball cap is spray painting a tag on a wall, mural

another Casablanca wall

A low wall in the older part of the city… if I remember correctly it might be on one side of a taxi parking lot?   As I was taking pictures, an older man stopped to talk to me about the paintings on the wall.  I think that he said that a group of students painted it.

The mural is full of Casablanca scenes such as this image of the Hussan 2 mosque.

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, the word Casablanca in white with a picture of the Hussan 2 mosque behind it, orange sky at sunset

an old mattress sits in front of a mural of silhouette people shapes jumping, in black as well as red, green, and blue people

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, three black silhouette figures jumping

a man and a woman talking to each other as they stand in front of a wall covered in a series of murals

red sun, blue waves, hussan 2 mosque, brown wall, umbrellas, casablanca scene painted in a mural

streeet art mural of two mosques with red sky behind

below: Typical Moroccan tile work. part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, tile patterns, triangles and diamond shapes in yellow, green, and blue

mosque with red sky, some tagging by RCA, mural

below: Curly metal railings and grilles like this can be seen all over Morocco.

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, in blue curly shapes as seen on many metal railings in Morocco, on a red and orange background

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, a large black, blue and white cat looking a four black and blue butterflies

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall - whimsical people doing athletic thigs,

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca walla blue door with gold trim

below: The Moroccan flag is a green star on a red background.

part of a series of murals on a Casablanca wall, a green star on a red background

Sbagha Bagha, L’Boulevard, 2013

L’Boulevard – A long wall was painted with several murals by different artists as part of the first Sbagha Bagha festival in 2013.  Many of the colours have faded and some parts of the wall’s surface has disintegrated, but enough of the pictures remain that with some imagination you can visualize what was once there.

two women in long dresses and head scarves walk past a wall covered with older murals

The wall is in the older part of Casablanca, near Avenue des FAR and Place de la Concorde.

a mural of a veiled woman

a small spindly tree grows beside a wall with street art on it

a young man in a red jacket walks past a wall covered with older murals

The portion of the wall with the little crosses that become faces surrounded by butterflies was painted by Moroccan artist Morran Ben Lahcen

older mural on a wall, little crosses come together to make faces of two girls that are surrounded by butterflies

The animal (dog?) in the leather helmet and aviator glasses is the work of Aouina as are the coloured squiggles at the bottom.

an animal's face with pale green eyes and black nose, with leather helmet and aviator goggles, in a mural

wall of murals in Casablanca

A young man on his motorbike, by FLAN and Cisco KSL, both from Barcelona (the latter seems to be more involved with tattoos & clothing recently). The rider seems to have lost his cigarette and a screw or two.  I am not sure who did which part of the mural.

on a yellow background, mural, a boy riding a motorbike, by flan,

detailed painting of a wagon full of stuff, mural on a casablanca wall

 A taxi full of people, and many people beside, by Rebel Spirit aka Mohammed Elbellaoui

mural of people in a taxi by rebel spirit

The old man and the teapot were also painted by Rebel Spirit.  Originally, there was writing in Arabic beside the man.  The top part of the wall has broken off, taking the artwork from the murals with it.

mural on old wall of an old man's head, wearing a white turban older murals of a man and a woman walking with a cane

This older woman with the head scarf, heavy load, and walking stick was painted by Mouhim Simo.  The red paintings (above) are a later “addition”.

on a wall with a small window with open yellow shutter, a mural of an older woman with head scarf, bent over, and walking with a stick

The alligator driving the flying carpet with all his possessions was painted by Spanish artist (from Barcelona) Kram

part of a larger mural wall, a painting by Kram of objecs on a flying carpet on the top, and smaller rodent like animals with beady eyes on the bottom

This stencil work has been added since the murals were painted.  It looks very Moroccan with the blue tile work.  The two men neatly fit into a heart.

a blue stencil that looks like a Moroccan tile pattern, with an inset of a heart shape with top part red and bottom part two men's heads back to back, both with blue head scarvesBeside it is another stencil by the same artist.  This time it is four winged fish radiating from the center.   Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to figure out the artist’s signature.

black stencil of four winged fish radiating from the center, tails towards the center

Casablanca, at Socrate et Ali Abderrazak

As you walk toward the intersection of Blvd Socrate and Blvd Ali Abderrazak the large murals there come into view.
a man walks along a wide sidewalk, walking towards buildings with large colourful murals

3 large murals at a Casablanca intersection, one in front is woman with many layered face

below: The mural in front is “Facing Forward” and it was painted by Moroccan artist Majid El Bahar; it was part of Sbagha Bagha, an annual street art festival in Casablanca.

large mural of womens faces in different horizontal stripes close up of eye in mural with satelite dishes on the building looking up at large mural from the bottom, womens faces,

The two murals behind the women were painted for Casamouja 2019.  This is an annual “urban art wave” and murals in 5 locations were/are part of this year’s event (between 20 Sept and 25 Nov).  The first location was at this intersection where there were 4 large murals.  Casamouja is a public programme started in 2016 for the promotion of street art in various districts of Casablanca.

In the middle is a mural of a man falling past a white, pink, and red background that was painted by OLDR

a large vertical mural by oldr of a man falling backwards past pink and white clouds. Falling with him is a blue dog, a car, and some logs

below: Falling past the laundry

mural of man falling part of a mural by oldr, a brown hat falling

At the back is a mural of cartoon characters by Moka

a mural of cartoon characters by moka,

a mural of cartoon characters by moka, Homer Simpson and Spongebob Squarepants

a mural of cartoon characters by moka in Casablanca, Inspector Gadget and Spongebob Squarepants

a kiosk covered with ads for coke products in front of a mural of cartoon characters by moka,

Just around the corner are two other murals that were also painted for Casamouja 2019.

below: A young man in football gear, by BAKR,

large mural by bakr of a young man in an orange blue T shirt holding a soccer ball or football, bottom part of mural is behind a fence

below: A mural titled “Back to the Past” by MED, aka Mehdi Zemouri

in a residential area of apartment buildings, a large mural by med in a residential area of apartment buildings, a large mural by med, closer look

Casablanca murals, Derb Ghallef

There is an incredible amount of good street art scattered around  Casablanca, especially large murals on the ends of apartment buildings.

On Blvd Anoual in the Derb Ghallef neighbourhood is this painting by NDZW, a street artist from Vienna Austria.  It was completed in 2019 as part of that year’s Sbagha Bagha

large mural by ndzw on the side of a Casablanca residential building in Derb Ghallef

large mural by ndzw on the side of a Casablanca residential building in Derb Ghallef

Nearby are two other murals.  First, is this man painted by Yann Chatelin

large mural painted by Yann Chatelin of a man in a blue T shirt, with yellow background, Casablanca gas station in the foreground

And second is this fox by Mexican artist Seher One.

above the greenery of trees, a mural on the side of an apartment building, a foox, yellow leaves, and other pieces of nature on the side of building, a large mural with a fox, people waiting at a bus stop in front of it