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The Crystal Ship: “Leven (Life)” by Axel Void in Ostend, Belgium

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Growing up skateboarding I always enjoyed board graphics, Toy Machine adds and art section in Thrasher magazine. Around that time I started flirting with graffiti which eventually lead to appreciating street and urban art. Few years later I ended up with an Internet based job. Too much online time on my hands resulted in getting involved in art related forums, and finally writing for various art websites.
April 10, 2017
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Our friend Axel Void recently spent some time in Ostend, taking part in the awesome The Crystal Ship festival. During his visit Miami-based artist got to know the neighborhood he was working in, which inspired him for his latest massive scale mural “Leven (Life)”.

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Painting on a large social housing building Axel spent few days meeting the locals and hearing about their lives. During these visits he met an elderly lady who was living alone in the same building he was gonna paint on, and ended up using her photograph as a reference. The blurry, aged photo captured a scene of her saying goodbye to her godmother many years ago. This was a perfect image to represent the coexistence as the key factor in a big and diverse community such as this one. With an idea to leave and dedicate his work to the people living in the large building and the entire area, the finished mural is a tribute to mundane life and the little moments that make it special for everyone.

Check out more photos of this striking piece by Sasha Bogojev and if you’re visiting Ostend, see it in person @ Schietbaanstraat in Vuurtoren area.



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