For a long time, I found Belgrade to be too hectic and confusing, and consequently I avoided exploring the city, traveling to it only when I was supposed to meet with friends. After some time, list of friends of people from Belgrade grew, but also work led me to, more or less, regularly visit Serbia’s capital. Not long after, I felt comfortable wondering around it and first thing that drew my attention was the street art .
One of the first big murals you see when crossing Branko’s bridge, is ‘La Santa de Belgrade’. It is a twenty-meter high and eight-meter wide, painted on side of a building. It was painted by French artist Remed. It is said that he was inspired by medieval frescoes – the icon of Mother of God of Three Hands in particular.
Probably one of the best know murals in Belgrade is ‘Cities vs. Nautre’. Done by Italian artist Blu, during the Belgrade Summer Festival in 2009. Most interesting thing about it, is that it depicts the destructive force the modern society enforces on nature, while struggling to develop, in only one mural.
If you are crossing Branko’s bridge towards Belgrade, right on the left side of it, there is Small Stairs Street. The location is crowded with street art and many other interesting places such as hipster-like jazz cafe Jazz bašta (which looks super cool actually and sells some pretty nice refreshing drinks) or Organic Gnezdo (Gnezdo = Nest), a restaurant with unusual and unique menu. At the beginning of the stairway, there is a mural of Robin Williams, made only some days after his death.
If you continue straight on, from the bridge, you can see this beautiful mural on your left side.
This one I found on a wall in a steep street, leading downhill from the market ‘Zeleni venac’.
Probably one of the most famous parts of Belgrade nowadays, at leas as far the street art is concerned, is Savamala. One of the oldest part of Belgrade, often neglected in past, has become one of the most artistic and alternative places of the town. Apart form murals and graffiti, there are tons of cool places, Mixer house, probably being the most famous at the moment.
”Ignorance creates fear”