Vienna is transforming fast and positioning itself as one of the most interesting cities for street art in Europe. Renowned graffiti painters no longer pass around the Austrian capital - they leave their artworks here visible for everybody walking the 23 districts. Murals have been around forever, but in the past couple of years, street artists have begun to work on large scale surfaces more and more, often with permission and with the help of ladders, cranes and lifts. The results are artworks in heights barely reached before and the freedom to take more time to finish, which in turn leads to detailed artworks that interact with architecture and structures. This phenomenon is now also well-established in Vienna thanks to the many initiatives, galleries, agencies and curators that make our downtown spaces more vibrant, colourful and beautiful. Vienna is full of artworks both from local and international artists, offers plenty of legal space to paint on and local governments also support this art form more and more. There are lots of different manifestations of public art and street art but this guide focuses on murals as there is currently an incredible dynamic in this art form in Vienna and we’d like to make this dynamic visible for you. This guide’s ambition is neither to be complete nor finished; it is rather a documentation of some selected artworks as found in early summer of 2017 which we think you should take a closer look at when walking the streets of this city. Every mural featured in this guide is numbered and includes artist and curator info, the year of painting (if known), as well as the location address and a marker on a map.
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