My daughter and I travelled to Gdansk recently. The Spring weather was magnificent and perfect for visiting the Zaspa neighbourhood. Zaspa is known for its’ transformation from a bleak soviet-style concrete block to a cool colorful neighbourhood filled with interesting murals.
Zaspa was built on an airfield in the 1970s. The area is so huge that we only managed to scratch the surface on our visit.
The first murals were painted in 1997! We did spot a few bare walls, so I’m sure there’s still room for more.
Zaspa came about as a peaceful neighbourhood. We were the only travellers around and I noticed the locals eyeing us curiously.
We discovered that some of the entrances were also covered in murals.
I was drawn to the vivid colors on this piece of art.
All the murals have a story behind them. You can print a map and even look into the guided tour here.
Here’s a photo to showcase how huge some of the murals are. You can see how tiny my daughter looks in comparison.
Here’s a robotic futuristic mural.
These are my two favourites. The first one is quite surreal. It is a birdlike woman with a hatching egg on her head. Don’t ask me what it means! The artist is called Dem and he is known for his work on abandoned buildings and factories.
This mural, “The New Future”, is a reminder of socialist-realist propaganda art. It fits perfectly in these surroundings. The mural has been painted by a German artist called Klaus Klinger.
Last but not least, I have to mention how I love the cool look of the newer buildings which have been adjusted to fit the idea in Zaspa.
This is my contribution to the Monday Murals photo challenge hosted by Sami.
What are your impressions of Zaspa? Are you a fan of murals?