De Wand tram stop in Laken gets unusual make-over
The Brussels authorities are pumping EUR 48,500 to create Europe’s biggest graffiti fresco at the tram stop.
4 August 2008
BELGIUM - The tram stop De Wand in Laken is to receive a thorough yet unusual make-over.
The Brussels authorities have come up with EUR 48,500 in funds in order to create the continent’s biggest graffiti fresco.
The only thing that is needed now is for the somewhat 60 graffiti artists to pick up their sprays and set to work. In 2007, about 1,500 square metres of the stop’s wall were legally covered in graffiti.
Entitled “The Walk”, the project was assessed positively, both by locals and tram passengers. Because of the tremendous response, the authorities decided to extend the project by another 3,000 square metres.
Brussels Minister for Public Works Pascal Smet commissioned the organisation Tarantino to co-ordinate the works. Set up to keep Brussels youngsters off the street, Tarantino is devoted to legal street graffiti.
The organisation managed to get hold of some of Belgium’s best graffiti artists.
While graffiti artists are not usually thanked for their work, they will receive payment for their attempts to cheer up the dreary tram stop.
As all work takes places during the daytime, the artists’ progress is there to admire by passers-by.
Surrounded by the Atomium, the Heysel and the Japanese Tower, the tram stop is situated at the end of line 4.
text by flandersnews.be / Expatica
photos by Andy Carling
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