Photo: Siarhei Hudzilin
Although Minsk is a student city, it is yet to become a city of street art. Red tape is to blame as youngsters are allowed to paint wall fragments only during special events. The walls are usually safely located in remote areas away from the city center. Try painting an “unauthorized” graffiti elsewhere; it will last less than a week - the municipal community service workers will cover it with a neatly painted grey square. So, don’t be surprised to see many grey squares on the buildings, most probably also including the one where you and your friends are renting a flat.
Graffiti at Ščuhajeva St. Photo: Volha Bubich
Just like any rule, this one also has an exception. At the very end of Kastryčnickaja street, near Metro station Pieršamajskaja, you will find a big street art painting - a portrait of Belarusian photographer and professor Valery Labko who died in 2008. The portrait, created by the artist Mikhail Mishuk with printing ink, is in fact a mosaic made up of hundreds of miniature book pages.
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Icons on the stones
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A Very Local Zoo
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