Painting a broken city

During our four year stay in Beirut we came upon some impressive and thought provoking pieces of street art. This WE we went through all the photos again and hubby reprocessed them using the latest software and dedicated a separate gallery on my website to this unexpectedly rich, colorful and lively art form in Beirut. In this gallery you will find some of the finest examples I discovered. Unfortunately some of the most beautiful works of street art have been destroyed or vandalized since I found them. Luckily I was able to immortalize most of them. Some very nice pieces however were vandalized before I got to make the photo. But then again, street art is temporary at best. If street art is considered a crime by some, then perhaps we shouldn’t care when the vandalism is vandalized…The street art in the new gallery is from local Lebanese artists but also from very well-known foreign artists who traveled to Beirut. Intrigued? Have a look at them and be surprised and impressed by the magic, try to discover and appreciate the hidden message of the artist, scroll over the thumbnails, click on a photo you like and it will open in a pop-up to better let you enjoy each colorful work of art – painting small corners of a Broken City.

Many people despise graffiti – but we are more than happy to line our public spaces with something much more offensive: advertising. That’s the bigger story: the use and abuse of public space, and in that mindset we have to make a distinction between two kinds of graffiti: street art and vandalism.

Tagging, the practice of writing your name or handle in prominent or impressive positions (on windows of shops,  ridges, train- & subway-carriages, ... is indeed akin to a dog marking its territory: it’s a pissing contest, it's annoying and it costs the community hundreds of thousands of tax payers € to clean.

It is also an act of ownership. Genuine street art does not aim at ownership, but at capturing and sharing a concept. Street art adds to public discourse by putting something out into the world; it is the start of a conversation.

Artist: INTI (Chili)

Artist: INTI (Chili) His characters are like blending of all things Chilean: the Incans, the tribesmen, the peasants, the Catholics and the revolutionaries but with a strange mutant-like creepiness.

Artist: Karim Tamerji

Artist: Karim Tamerji (Lebanon)

Artist Unknown

One of the artworks painted in protest against the waste management in Beirut. Arabic text “The New Face of Lebanon,” the Lebanese will have to pinch their noses: corrupt politicians, no elected government, over a million Syrian refugees, ISIS tickling the border, Hizbollah’s involvement in the Syrian war, and a massive trash crisis…

Artist: Ali Rafei

Artist: Ali Rafei (Lebanon) "Little Boxer"

Artist: EpS

Artist: EpS (Lebanon)

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy France. These were done on rusty panels. Each of his stencils has their own story, and most of them come from his very own pictures. His primary medium for art is stencil graffiti.

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy France. These were done on rusty panels. Each of his stencils has their own story, and most of them come from his very own pictures. His primary medium for art is stencil graffiti.

Artist: Hady Beydoun

Artist: Hady Beydoun (Lebanon) "In Search of Springtime"

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy France. Each of his stencils has their own story, and most of them come from his very own pictures. His primary medium for art is stencil graffiti.

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy France. These were done on rusty panels. Each of his stencils has their own story, and most of them come from his very own pictures. His primary medium for art is stencil graffiti.

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy France. These were done on rusty panels. Each of his stencils has their own story, and most of them come from his very own pictures. His primary medium for art is stencil graffiti.

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy

Artist: C215-Christian Guémy France. These were done on rusty panels. Each of his stencils has their own story, and most of them come from his very own pictures. His primary medium for art is stencil graffiti.

Artist Gérard Laux

Artist Gérard Laux (France) paints savana animals, signs with "Mosko"

Artist Gérard Laux

Artist Gérard Laux (France) paints savana animals, signs with "Mosko"

Artist Gérard Laux

Artist Gérard Laux (France) paints savana animals, signs with "Mosko"

Artists Cosmic Boys

Artists Cosmic Boys from Brazil (brothers Rimon Guimarães and Zéh Palito)

Artist: Anoy (Swiss)

Artist: Anoy (Swiss). Wall of St. Francis School. Let the peace flow not the war grow.

Artist: Anoy (Swiss)

Artist: Anoy (Swiss). Wall of St. Francis School. Let the peace flow not the war grow.

Artist: Anoy (Swiss)

Artist: Anoy (Swiss). Wall of St. Francis School. Let the peace flow not the war grow.

Artist: Anoy (Swiss)

Artist: Anoy (Swiss). Wall of St. Francis School. Let the peace flow not the war grow.

Artist: Anoy (Swiss)

Artist: Anoy (Swiss). Wall of St. Francis School. Let the peace flow not the war grow.

Artist: Anoy (Swiss)

Artist: Anoy (Swiss). Wall of St. Francis School. Let the peace flow not the war grow.

Artist: Yazan Halwani

Artist: Yazan Halwani. Lebanese diva Sabah (Lebanon)

rtist Andrew SCHOULTZ

Artist Andrew SCHOULTZ (US) Seven story Cedar tree mural. An outsider’s perspective on the famous Lebanese cedar.

Artist : Ashekman twin brothers

Artist : Ashekman twin brothers (Lebanon) Lebanese Diva Sabah

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: EpS

Artist: EpS (Lebanon)

Artist: EpS

Artist: EpS (Lebanon)

Artist: Phat2

Artist: Phat2 (Lebanon)

Artist: Phat2

Artist: Phat2 (Lebanon)

Artist: Phat2

Artist: Phat2 (Lebanon)

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH (Lebanon)

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Potato Nose (Jad El Khoury)

Artist: Potato Nose (Jad El Khoury - Lebanon) Doodle art.

Potato Nose (Jad El Khoury)

Artist: Potato Nose (Jad El Khoury - Lebanon) Doodle art.

Potato Nose (Jad El Khoury)

Artist: Potato Nose (Jad El Khoury - Lebanon) Doodle art.

Artist: Yazan Halwani

Artist: Yazan Halwani (Lebanon) Portrait of Lebanese singer Fairuz

Artist: Ali Rafei

Artist: Ali Rafei (Lebanon)

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH & others

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH (Lebanon) & others. On the shutters of a shop, only visible when the shop is closed.

Artist: Studio68 team

Artist: Studio68 team (international)

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH (Lebanon)

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH (Lebanon)

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH (Lebanon)

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH (Lebanon)

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH (Lebanon)

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH

Artist: YOUSEF TELLAYH (Lebanon)

Ashekman twin brothers

Artist: Ashekman twin brothers (Lebanon) To be free or not to be.

Artists: several

Artists: several. O1NE building in BIEL-Beirut one of the largest commissioned graffiti works in the world.

Artists: several

Artists: several. O1NE building in BIEL-Beirut one of the largest commissioned graffiti works in the world.

Artists: several

Artists: several. O1NE building in BIEL-Beirut one of the largest commissioned graffiti works in the world.

Artists: several

Artists: several. O1NE building in BIEL-Beirut one of the largest commissioned graffiti works in the world.

Artists: several

Artists: several. O1NE building in BIEL-Beirut one of the largest commissioned graffiti works in the world.

Artists: several

Artists: several. O1NE building in BIEL-Beirut one of the largest commissioned graffiti works in the world.

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Said F. Mahmoud & Karim Tamerji

Artist: Said F. Mahmoud & Karim Tamerji (Lebanon)

Said F. Mahmoud & Karim Tamerji

Artist: Said F. Mahmoud & Karim Tamerji (Lebanon)

Artist: Yazan Halwani

Artist: Yazan Halwani (Lebanon). Portrait of Ali Abdallah, a well-known and respected homeless man who died of exposure one cold winter night.

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Artist: Unknown

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