Murals Galore in Gdansk

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.

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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.

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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.

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We discovered that some of the entrances were also covered in murals.

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I was drawn to the vivid colors on this piece of art.

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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.

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Here’s a robotic futuristic mural.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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22 thoughts on “Murals Galore in Gdansk

    1. Hey Dimitris! Thanks for visiting my blog and linking your Gdansk article, it’s fun to see that you enjoyed many of the same things I did 😀 Zaspa was definitely a must see and I also love the social aspect of it. Happy travels!

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    1. I was quite taken with that one as well! I read that the man has been modeled after the artist’s neighbor who had a routine of sweeping outside the house every morning.

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    1. I only discovered this area when in Gdansk, as my daughter wasn’t so excited about what I had planned to see and I had to look for something new that would pique her interest too 😅 Thanks for taking a look!

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  1. These murals look amazing! It’s a great idea to handle the soviet style heritage. Back in my childhood all the houses looked the same. Even inside the apartments you would see the same things and same designs. Boring, very boring!
    I also like that in Zaspa newer buildings blend in with older ones. This is important for carrying out the whole plan. Wonderful pictures 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Elena! I was quite taken with Zaspa and keep seeing areas in Helsinki and Espoo which would benefit from this kind of urban planning. There are some murals eg. in Karakallio and Matinkylä but not to this extent!

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    1. Thank you Sami for taking a look! I went to see some of the other posts but the commenting for blogger stopped working for me and I couldn’t comment on anyone’s posts ☹️

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed your little tour of Zaspa, and it was really encouraging to see that they are trying to make the old Soviet environments less sterile. The murals are awesome. There are so many I really like. I think the last one is quite poignant.

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    1. Yes, I have to say that the idea of the murals and colorful buildings is a really good one. Actually there are many areas in Helsinki and Espoo which should look into doing this as well – with the winter often so bleak over here, grey concrete buildings look so boring and dull. Everyone needs more fun and happiness!

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    1. Wow thanks for linking the Lodz murals, they look really cool! Murals seem to be very versatile, I like the thought of murals in the city center but at the same time, my experience of them in Zaspa was awesome too. It’s a pity some people do not respect the art and spray graffiti on them ☹️

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