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)”.
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.