Miami based artist Evoca1 was recently in Austria where he painted this lovely portrait of a man and his dog and goldfish in Vienna.
Titled ‘Imperishable Relics’ and curated by iNOPERABLE gallery, the new mural is an homage to the Mariahilf neighbourhood and its inhabitants:

‘In the late 1940’s, Hitler ordered a series of flak towers to be constructed in Germany and Austria to defend against air attacks and serve as shelters. With walls up to 3.5m thick, the structures were made so indestructible they still remain today. Many see these towers as an eye sore but others see them as a reminder of a dark past never to be repeated.
Many of the towers still remain empty, however a few have been redesigned to give them a new life. In 1957, the flak tower located only a few blocks from the mural was repurposed to be an aquarium. The former bunker is now a place dedicated to preserving a diversity of (animal) life and the imparting of knowledge. The mural tells the story of how the neighborhood of Mariahilf not only rose from all the challenges history subjected it to, but also how it turned the horrors of its past into a bright, positive and multifaceted future.’ – Evoca1



Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.