On Puławska, Warsaw’s street art community has joined together to voice their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty…
Predating Warsaw’s love affair with murals, ever since Communism collapsed the 1.5 kilometer stretch of wall running by the horse racing track on Puławska has been synonymous with street art. With each pre-fabricated panel of the serving as an individual canvas, the wall has long been favored by both novice artists and those more established.
With its displays changing frequently, Poland’s oldest legal graffiti space has assumed an almost legendary status in urban folklore – as recently as 2011, Adidas faced a huge backlash after leasing its entirety for an ad campaign. Infuriating Poland’s artistic community, the sportwear giant backed down only after they realized the strength of opposition.
Now, the wall is back in the news, this time after several artists used it to voice their opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Though still dominated by more regular graffiti art, dozens of works have appeared dedicated to the Ukrainian struggle, among others the now iconic image of Olga Kuryło, the 53-year-old teacher wounded in a rocket attack. Other points of interest include a portrait of Putin of shooting himself in the head as well as several slogans supporting the people of Ukraine.
Of course, this is not the only street art tribute to the courage of the Ukrainian people, and among the more impressive is an XL artwork of President Zelenskey gazing across Most Poniatowskiego.