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    Not much to look at from the street. A mix of pre-Communist German architecture (Wrocław used to be Breslau, a German city) and Communist-era starkly plain blocks of flats. But step off the streets and into the central courtyards of the flat blocks and it starts to get a little more interesting around here:

    mural 1a.jpg

    OK, neat mural. This one's in the tunnel leading from the street to the courtyard, I think. He's a pro football (sorry, Americans--that's "soccer" to you) from Wrocław.

    Once into the courtyard, it gets better:

    mural 2a.jpg

    I have no idea who painted/paints these. My wife found them on a walk around the neighborhood, and dragged me out to see them on a drizzly day when I wasn't feeling well. A nice walk.

    Mondrian, anyone?

    mural 3a.jpg

    Mondrian... with dogs?

    mural 4a.jpg

    Welcome to Nadodrze: nah-DODE-zha, or "near the Oder" (river), which is a moderately decrepit north-of-the-river section of town that is undergoing a bit of gentrification/hipsterizing lately.
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    Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

    thx!

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    • #3
      Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

      The art just keeps going:

      mural 5a.jpg

      I'm sure there are plenty of art-world allusions and references that I don't get. Feel free to point them out! Here, for instance, is (I think) Lascaux:

      mural 6.1a.jpg

      And:

      mural 6.2a.jpg
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      • #4
        Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

        More, please...
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        • #5
          Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

          Ancient Egypt makes an appearance:

          mural 6.3a.jpg

          Not just the buildings--some nice paintings and reliefs on a garden wall as well:

          mural 6.4a.jpg

          And:

          mural 6.5a.jpg
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          • #6
            Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

            Love it, especially the cave art
            It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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            • #7
              Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

              And there's more:

              mural 6.6a.jpg

              And more:

              mural 6.7a.jpg

              And more:

              mural 6.8a.jpg

              This whole little world of hidden art that you can't see from the street--pretty cool! (And there's lots more; I'll post some later on). A neat little neighborhood. When the school admin assistant dropped me off at my apartment when I first arrived, she was a bit afraid because Nadodrze is "the inner city."

              Apparently she's never seen a real inner city. Perfectly safe around here as far as I can tell. But what do I know? In Polish, I can say "Good day" and "Please" and "Thank you" and "Thank you very much" and "Very tasty!" and "Bon Appetit!" and, crucially, "I have lost my key. Have you seen a key here?" and "I do not understand" and "I speak Polish poorly. Very poorly." and "Please, do you speak English?" and "Two baguettes, please."

              That seems to suffice for now.

              Tom
              Last edited by WI-Tom; 03-03-2023, 12:28 PM.
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              • #8
                Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

                It's just like Belfast!

                ...But much better.

                Glasgow's got some great ones...

                dsc_0051-2.jpg

                Andy
                Last edited by AndyG; 03-03-2023, 01:56 PM.
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                • #9
                  Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

                  Originally posted by AndyG
                  It's just like Belfast!

                  ...But much better.

                  Glasgow's got some great ones...

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                  Andy
                  Oh, I like that one! Here's maybe my favorite Wrocław one so far (not in the same area as the ones above, but still in my neighborhood):

                  mural dino.jpg

                  Tom
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                  • #10
                    Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

                    Originally posted by WI-Tom
                    and Communist-era starkly plain blocks of flats.

                    Excuse me

                    they were creative, too, aesthetically

                    And technically

                    If you know where to look

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                    • #11
                      Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

                      Yep, one can work wonders with shuttering ply, a heavy hammer, and poured concrete.
                      It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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                      • #12
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                        My comment was NOT meant as a value judgment. (Sorry, the "not" got left out when I first posted this!) But the difference between the earlier German architecture (say, around the Stare Miasto and the Rynek, and the University)--much more ornate--and the later Communist-era buildings is very evident. It's a very different aesthetic. I think "starkly plain" is not completely off base as a description of the style overall, is it?

                        Actually, I walk past the building in your first link practically every day. It's right across the street from Sky Tower.

                        Tom
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                        • #13
                          Lovely, Tom!

                          Thanks for posting.

                          Kevin


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                          • #14
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                            Top one in #3 looks like Alfonse Mucha
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                            • #15
                              Re: Welcome to the BROTM's Neighborhood

                              I don't mean to blow up the thread, but is France, Germany, England or Greece really that different?

                              Buildings, but also furniture, clothing, and lot of other things started to simplify already after WW1, due to the math behind machines making the ratio of labour to material cost standing on its head. WW2 only sped things up with both former war sustaining factories looking for new niches and and with people getting significantly poorer on this side of the pond. Is the difference stark? Yes. Is it commies' fault? Only partly. Are they starkly plain? No, they're plainly plain. Wrocław was one of few cities that had the courage to go above minimum and have fun with form. And when they no longer could, then have fun with details and street layout. As opposed to smaller cities, where 'starkly plain' would not raise my eyebrows
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