On the Walls of Basel

Volume 7, Issue 184; 08 Oct 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Glued on, painted on, or spray painted on, there’s lots to see on the walls of Basel.

Art happens--no hovel is safe from it, no prince may depend upon it, and vastest intelligence cannot bring it about.

J. M. Whistler

This butterfly reminded me of my previous essay about graffiti in Antwerp.

Butterfly Graffito
Butterfly Graffito

Looking around, I found some other interesting graffiti.

Dragon Graffito
Dragon Graffito

I also found several really interesting murals. This one, with the painted scaffolding, is tucked away on a side street not far from the cathedral.

Mural Mural
Mural Mural

There is a mural on the side of the Rathaus as well.

Rathaus Mural
Rathaus Mural

And an interesting sculpture on the wall near the “Tinguely fountain”.

Wall Sculpture
Wall Sculpture

I’m not sure what these gentlemen are up to:

Mural
Mural

But they’re doing it on the walls of Basel.