For me the highlight apart from major sights is the graffiti in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria demonstrates how to color up the urban space without spending a lot of money. Check out these 19 photos from painted transformer boxes and learn more about graffiti in Sofia!
I have to admit: I was surprised by the amount of cool Streetart one can find in Sofia. Beside Paste-Ups and small instalations, the graffiti you can see on the transformer boxes is remarkable:
Streetart in Sofia: a colorful electric box in the Tsar Ivan Shishman Street
So…I was curious and wanted to find out more about the artists: a group named “Transformatori” started in 2011 to paint numerous transformer boxes in the Tsar Ivan Shishman Street supported by the municipality of Sofia (see the video above or on Vimeo).
It turned out well and more artists joined, more boxes in other streets got a facelift – like the ones in the Rakovski Street. Until the end of 2012 around 51 Transformer Boxes got painted by 26 different artists:
This is how most of the boxes looked like before
…with paint and creative ideas you’re able to create a huge effect
This coloful graffitis brightened up the streets uf Sofia
One of the most beautiful sights is the national theater “Ivan Wassow” – here painted onto a box :)
You can find the highest amount of colorful graffiti in Sofia at the Ulitsa Shishman
Most of the images are refering to the surroundings – this one can be found right next to a church
..lovely how different the motives are!
..sometimes they are also pretty realistic – here you have to look twice :)
…often referred to the every day life – this illustration could be found on many matchboxes in Bulgaria for years
…painted boxes can also be found apart from the main streets
..this one comes as a small installation with foam :)
Often you can find musicians close to popular buildings…or painted on a transformer box
..especially the ones with bright colors are shining in the streets of Sofia
Some boxes even spread messages and famous quotes
..also small boxes are part of the open air art exhibition
…can you imagine this one in grey?
Ha! A Graffiti in a Graffiti :)
As for today the number of painted transformer boxes went up rapidly as a lot of shop owners, restaurants and individuals liked the idea so much that they also started to paint the boxes in front of their buildings. The original idea of the campaign, which got partially funded by the “Invest in Bulgaria” project, has been to give Sofia a new, colorful and attracting image.
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Streetart: Graffiti in Sofia
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