You all know how much I love London. But as I was leaving it, I promised to show you other magical corners of the world. And now, after being back home for about a month, I am revelling in the special magic home holds – the hidden gems only locals know about, the little stories and legends of the city, the memories on every corner… So please allow me to introduce you to the city which will never lose its unique status as – home.
As a welcome to Zagreb, I’ll start with something that catches my eye as I travel around other cities in the world – graffiti. I love the fact that graffiti is so urban and universal, yet so diverse. If you ask Zagreb visitors and residents about graffiti, the first thing they’ll probably do is – complain. Yes, we do have a problem with some ‘artists’.
But on a short stroll through Zagreb, you’ll also notice some much more serious art. The surface doesn’t have to be the side of the building – it can be a paper recycling bin as well.
The message can be very concrete. This, for instance, was part of student protests demanding that higher education remains free (i.e. paid for by the state), as it has been forever here… The image is of the (former) minister of education, and the caption is “Free education – not free market!”
Or there can be no message at all. I discovered this little series of related graffiti the other day, and I just love how seemingly random it is!
Wouldn’t you just love your neighborhood more if it was adorned with such silly and happy images? :)
I know I would! :)