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Transformer Box Graffiti in Sofia – What a great idea!

Sofia Streetart: Stromkasten Graffiti
Sofia Streetart: Stromkasten Graffiti

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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!

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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:
 
Ein bunt bemalter Stromkasten in der Tsar Ivan Shishman Straße
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:

So sahen viele Stromkästen vorher aus
This is how most of the boxes looked like before
...so erzeugt man mit wenig Aufwand eine große Wirkung
…with paint and creative ideas you're able to create a huge effect
Bunte Kreationen sorgen für Farbe im Straßenbild von Sofia
This coloful graffitis brightened up the streets uf Sofia
Eine der klassischen Sehenswürdigkeiten in Sofia ist das Nationaltheater Iwan Wassow - verewigt auf einem Stromkasten :)
One of the most beautiful sights is the national theater “Ivan Wassow” – here painted onto a box :)
In der Ulitsa Shishman findest du die buntesten Graffiti in Sofia
You can find the highest amount of colorful graffiti in Sofia at the Ulitsa Shishman
Die meisten der Stromkästen haben einen Bezug zur Umgebung - diese Exemplare stehen direkt neben einer Kirche
Most of the images are refering to the surroundings – this one can be found right next to a church
..toll wie verschieden die Motive sind!
..lovely how different the motives are!
..manchmal sind die graffiti in Sofia so gut das sie Objekte perfekt imitieren - auf dieses Exemplar ist bestimmt schon der ein oder andere reingefallen :)
..sometimes they are also pretty realistic – here you have to look twice :)
...die Streetart in Sofia hat oftmals auch Alltagsbezug - dieses Motiv fand sich jahrelang auf vielen Streichholzschachteln in Bulgarien
…often referred to the every day life – this illustration could be found on many matchboxes in Bulgaria for years
...auch abseits der großen Straßen findet man hin und wieder einen bemalten Stromkasten
…painted boxes can also be found apart from the main streets
..hier hat der Künstler sogar eine kleine Installation aus Schaum angefügt um die Illusion der Badewanne perfekt zu machen!
..this one comes as a small installation with foam :)
Manchmal findet man Geigenspieler in der Nähe von bekannten Sehenswürdigkeiten in Sofia...und wenn nicht, dann auch auf Stromkästen ;)
Often you can find musicians close to popular buildings…or painted on a transformer box
..besonders die knalligen Versionen stechen sind auffällig und polieren das Stadtbild auf
..especially the ones with bright colors are shining in the streets of Sofia
Ein paar Stromkästen warten auch mit Zitaten auf und regen zum nachdeneken an
Some boxes even spread messages and famous quotes
..auch kleiner Kästen blieben nicht vom Pinsel verschont
..also small boxes are part of the open air art exhibition
...wie toll - man stelle sich dieses Exemplar mal in grau vor!
…can you imagine this one in grey?
Ha! Ein Graffiti im Graffiti :)
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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Sofia Streetart: Stromkasten Graffiti
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