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Taste of Brussels: Street Art

Street art is often subjective, and what one person may like, appreciate and see as art, another might just think is graffiti. I’ve seen my fair share of graffiti on my travels, and let’s be honest, it’s hard to stop people graffitting everywhere. What I have come to appreciate however, is the variety of the street art in different cities. Brussels took it to a whole new level though, and I absolutely loved it!

Dotted all over the city are comic book strips on the side of walls. It took me a while to realise what the symbol on the map meant, but once it clicked my boyfriend and I would walk past them on our way to see stuff. Tintin features quite frequently around the city, probably because it was a Belgian artist who drew him.

Brussels Street Art - Comic Strip of Tin Tin Brussels also has the random street art you find in most cities. I quite like that you’re walking along the street and spot a space raider. Casual as you like. Brussels Street Art - Space Raider

Something I’d never seen before were the pieces of art beamed onto buildings. Usually a circle, the picture is a circle shone onto a window of a building. The picture mimics what could be going on inside. Totally different, and a great idea! They’re much harder to spot in the daytime, but an evening wander in the city will show a fair number. Brussels Street Art - Window Light

Brussels Street Art - Light on the window

As Brussels also shows, not all art needs to take the form of paintings on a building. Come evening there are several buildings which enjoy a light and music show. The most impressive of them all is that which takes place in Grote Markt, on the hour every hour, lasting for about 10-15 minutes. I’d first spotted the tower changing colour when we’d hiked up one of the hills. Intrigued, we stopped by the square on our way back to the hotel and had thankfully timed it well to catch the light show.

Brussels Street Art - Grote Markt
The light show is very impressive, with the whole square being lit up.

A great city that just goes to show, art doesn’t have to be in the form of a painting.

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10 thoughts on “Taste of Brussels: Street Art”

  1. Nice finds! The Tintin styled one is my favorite. I can only imagine how long it took to make and it’s pretty detailed too. And to think someone may have done that for free or little money.

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