Christiania was a former military base that was occupied in the early 1970s by hippies squatting in the abandoned barracks.
It has had many ups and downs in its history, and just lately has become the number 4 tourist destination on Trip Advisor. Its location just across the water from downtown Copenhagen means there is pressure from developers who are eyeing the now valuable land.
But for now it remains colourful and independent, and filled with murals, graffiti and architecture that all made me smile.We wandered across a small bridge and ended up in an area that appeared to be somewhat industrial. Or perhaps anti-industrial?The Letter R, a sculpture in front of row housing. From there our walk meandered through a rural area along the water, past a lot of makeshift homes and broken-down boats, most bright with murals or graffiti.Graffiti on the side of an abandoned boat.The path led into a wooded area with more conventional homes and these bright graffitied dumpsters.Perhaps conventional isn’t the right word to describe these home/castles which are another form of street art. Another home/castle, also decorated.Detail of the three-dimensional frieze above one of the windows.The bikes add a three-dimensional note to this mural on an old brick wall. There were a lot of dumpsters and walls adorned with a mix of murals and graffiti.Even this burnt fence did not escape some mad painter’s frenzy.There was a town centre of a sort, also brightly painted, and full of shops, small cafes, people and the cheapest coffee to be found in the city!
More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Street Art.