This is one of at least two murals in the village of Petty Harbour (on the east coast of Newfoundland). Like many of the historic murals in Newfoundland, it shows locals hard at work in the fishing industry – out in boats catching fish, on shore cleaning fish, maintaining nets, etc.
In Toronto, subway tracks cross above the Humber River at Old Mill station. The concrete pillars that support the subway bridge have been covered with many watery blue First Nations themed murals.
below: The artist, Philip Cote, described the story behind this image on the ArtworxTO website (see link); like all cultures, the Anishinaabe have an origin story. In the beginning there was just Spirit. “And that spirit decided to send signals out into the universe and waited for a response. And when no response happened that spirit called the signals back and said, “As you come back to me, create light in the universe”. And at that moment they had light and dark in the universe. And that is the beginning of the Anishinaabe cosmology. Everything for Anishinaabe is made of light and dark. Everything we look at has a spirit, everything, the ground, the rocks, the sand, the trees, the birds, the plants, everything is… and even our sun and our Mother Earth and the moon, they all have a spirit.”
The blues of the water, the Humber River, were painted by Kwest. Water is the Underworld in Ahishinaabe cosmology and the Guardians of this Underworld are the fish. Another artist, Jarus aka (Emmanuel Jarus), painted the fish.
Most of the paintings have a well defined circle. This is the boundary between water and earth, between the spirit world and the physical world. But there are connections between the two worlds – all living things are connected and we are all connected to the Spirit World.
All of the paintings in this blog post were seen in a lane in Durres Albania, in the “old town” part of the city near the Roman amphitheatre.
They were all painted in 2014 (8 years ago) so most of them are looking a little weathered.
Written beside the painting below: “Ass. Cult. Ecletica 1st Bienale di Durazzo 2014”.
With thanks to the Mulliri Vjeter coffee shop on Rruga Myslym Shyri in Tirana where I hung out trying to stay cool while editing photos for this post. June 2022
St. Petersburg is home to a growing number of murals. There are maps online that help you find the murals but if you walk along Central Avenue and explore the streets and alleys close by, you will encounter most of them.
below: There’s a short alley behind the north side of Central Ave that is home to quite a few street art pieces. This is the view westward from 6th St. North (toward 7th St N)
below: This is the mural at the east end of the alley. This portrait among the fishes and mermaids was painted by Derek Donnelly
below: Colourful mural by kosharekart
below: Some paper pasteups that have seen better days
below: Circle patterns in a mural by Megan Kelly
below: Frida Kahlo
below: Another painting by kosharekart
below: Another Derek Donnelly fish. The lower portions were once a brighter orange but it`s faded over time (painted in 2014).
below: Boat on the water
below: Hearts, a bird, and a snail
below: Someone seems to disapprove of Mr. Cactus.
below: `Twiggy`by Brad Mize is at the rear of 648 Central Ave.
“Life is Magical When You Look” with a black cat sitting on the moon nose to nose with a dragonfly in a mural by Christy Faris
below: Brad Mize
s ‘Mr. Sunshine’ is now partially behind a fence. The sun is a copy of a 1940s design used to promote the city of St. Petersburg.
below: Fish in a birdcage
below: Maybe it’s a hand wrapped in ribbons? Painted by osch aka Otto Schade
below: A man with his musical dog by omik, aka Mickael Guedes.
below: Another person by omik, this time a long haired woman in a pink dress and bare feet.
below: A guitar playing, cowboy hat wearing, man who has seen better days, by Toys Daniel.
below: A fish on an old wall, a fish out of water, by Vibes aka Will Vibes
“The Fall of the Gods” can seen on Via Ostiense. It is a 40 metre mural painted in 2015 by Carlos Atoche and Mexican artist Luis Alberto Alvarez. In it, images of ancient Roman statues have fallen and are now underwater.
below: This was above the mural
Pictures of the mural back when it was freshly painted can be seen on Carlos Atoches’ website.
In the Ostiense district in Rome there is a large mural of a heron titled “Hunting Pollution”. It covers seven storeys of a residential building and took 21 days to paint in 2018.
The artist, Federico Massa (aka Iena Cruz) has used Airlite paint. This paint has been engineered to clean the air around it by neutralizing some pollutants.
The mural was commissioned by Yourban2030, a female non-profit group that strives to bring awareness to environmental issues.
In Collingwood (Melbourne), on Perry Street, there is large mural painted by Phibs in 2015. A portion of the bottom of it has been tagged over. I only have two photos of it (taken December 2018), each is roughly half of the mural.
On the right side:
and on the left side.
This is a screenshot from google street view (filmed August 2017) which shows the right hand side of the mural as it once was.
The following photos were taken in a walled park (or community garden) in Madrid in March 2018.
below: Face and fishes by Lazaro Totem
below: El Indio
below: Por Favor is a street artist whose work can be seen around Madrid.
below: The front of a large ROA animal
below: And the back part of the animal, and the left part of the mural
below: Another El Indio. He’s wanted for something!
below: A long drawn mural with lots of detail.
below: A close up of part of the mural above
below: The Madrid coat of arms is the blue shield shape with a bear and a tree in the middle, similar to what is painted here. The man chopping down the tree is definitely not on the coat of arms!
below: Vegan bunnies
There is a lot of street art in Quito. It covers a lot of concrete walls that are part of the city’s infrastructure (supports for elevated roads, walls around buildings, etc). Here is some that I saw in February 2018.
below: Two people, one inside sitting pretty in pink and one outside.
below: A bird in flight. One wing looks like flames while the other wing resembles water. Signed by yo-ho-ho.
below: Many, many faces in pink.
below: Part dragon and part fish?
below: A painting by BEGO
The next few paintings were on a wall surrounding an house that was falling down.
below: This is the last of the photos from the ruined building – note the broken bottles across the top of the wall. That’s very common in Quito… although electric fences seem to be replacing broken glass as a means of keeping trespassers out.
below: Crab (lobster?) hands
below: Laughing and pointing
below: Someone stole an orange cone.
below: Covering his mouth and I don’t think that it’s because he’s coughing.
below: Pasteup over his face, a mouse and a mousetrap
below: Another gorgeous bird. Signed by Pagach? (Pagache?)
below: Painted on a rusty metal gate. Reaching for the skull. I am not sure of the words but if it’s “ponte y las alas” that translates to ‘stand and the wings’ but there are more letters. Any ideas anyone? Painted by Aster in 2017.
below: Graffiti behind the fence
below: Supay Corpus in a residential area.
below: Someone likes to paint underwear, men’s brief to be more specific.
below: A very realistic portrait of an old man with one green eye open.
And last, there were some word stencils….
below: #2mayo and “ecuador ama la vida” which is ‘ecuador, love life’ is now someone’s love note to Mina.
below: “Sigue to corazon & disfruta el viaje” which means “follow your heart and enjoy the trip”.
below: Natura Insurrecta? and “Mineria responsable cuento miserable”. The direct translation for the latter is “mining responsible, tale miserable”.