Sunday, 1 August 2010

Bright Colours, Vinohrady

I don't know how long they've been painting Prague apartment blocks in these pastel shades. When I first came to the city in 1991 such gaiety was reserved for the Old Town Square and one or two other 'showpieces'; everything else was pretty grey and broken down as far as I recall.  But now it's difficult to find a building, old or new, that hasn't been given a lick of Neapolitan ice cream. And that extends to the panelaky too, which, let's face it, could do with it.

This is a good example from the posh residential suburb of Vinohrady, just a couple of tram-stops from Vršovice. Traditionally, owners and landlords contribute to a fund run by a management company; when the fund reaches its target, the whole façade will be refreshed - presumably according to an agreed colour scheme. Imagine the arguments...

In recent years a new kind of painting - crude spraycan graffiti - has made its way on to the lower floors of these decorative buildings. Generally it's the territorial marking of a 'gang', or perhaps the sprayers are disaffected with disneyfication. Or maybe they do it just because they can - under the Communists, after all, graffiti was a no-no. 'Cle's Crew' is my local lot, and I must say that although their efforts appeal to my view of Prague as a lived-in city rather than toy-town, there is a limit. Come on, lads.

Shades of Tony Harrison's 'V' in my last paragraph, I fear. Anyway, today is 'Theme Day' for City Daily Photographers. To see how others have interpreted 'Bright Colours', Click here to view thumbnails for all participants


Lynette said...

Wonderful post for Theme Day. My Theme Day post at Portland Oregon Daily Photo will be up at 5 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time, on August 1. Today's is a pretty nice tease for it, though.

Inverness Daily Photo said...

Wonderfully bright colours.

Karin said...

Hi! Hey, Lynette, I am from Portland Oregon. Been gone 16 years now, but visit often.

Anyway, about blog. I will have to say I found all the graffiti very disturbing! I don't understand the minds of the people (gangs, etc) who destroy beauty in this manner. I could rant, but will stop here.

I liked your photo for this blog.

Karin on Paros

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