I love how many Polish cities invest in street art and turn the public space into a creative paradise. You can find amazing murals in Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow, Poznan or Wroclaw (just to name a few main cities) but street art in Lublin is no exception here.
The local street art scene is one of the many reasons why you should visit Lublin. The city is known for its numerous cultural events and often murals were created as part of a festival or to commemorate the city’s history and culture.
Table of contents
- 1 Lublin street art
- 1.1 Panorama of Lublin from the 16th/17th century
- 1.2 Panorama of Lublin from the beginning of the 19th century
- 1.3 Geometric mural
- 1.4 Mural with dwarves
- 1.5 Mural by Etam Cru
- 1.6 Mural by Aleksey Kislow
- 1.7 Mural with trolleybuses
- 1.8 Yard of the “House of Words”
- 1.9 City of poetry
- 1.10 Mural by Waone
- 1.11 Song in Yiddish
- 1.12 Train at Pocztowa street
- 1.13 Street art at Kaczyński Square
- 1.14 Other works in Lublin
- 2 Map of Lublin street art
Lublin street art
Fortunately, many of the Lublin street art works are located in the center of the city so you can easily find them when exploring the city. This is one of the best things to do in Lublin!
I’ve prepared for you a small guide to Lublin street art (with a map at the end of this article) so you can where to find the best pieces. I’m sure you will enjoy discovering all the works as much as I did!
Panorama of Lublin from the 16th/17th century
This beautiful mural is hidden in the yard at Jezuicka 1, next to the Cracow Gate. It shows the panorama of Lublin from its golden age at the end of the 16th/beginning of the 17th century as it was shown in “Civitates Orbis Terrarum” – the world atlas published in 1618.
Panorama of Lublin from the beginning of the 19th century
Located a bit away from the center, near the Perła brewery, at Zamojska 47 this mural shows the arrival of general Józef Zajączek. The main focus however is not on the general himself but the city and its beautiful cityscape at the beginning of the 19th century.
This one isn’t super exciting but still pleasant enough to take a look on your way to Czwartek hill. The mural is located at the wall of the high school at Szkolna street.
Mural with dwarves
The whole wall at Targowa 5 is covered with unhappy dwarves and a big sign “Jest super” (“It’s great”) as a contrast. The work is supposed to showcase the big social problems being hidden and covered by cheerful “it’s great” sentence.
Mural by Etam Cru
Mural at Lubartowska 57 was created by the world-famous Etam Cru (you can find their works in places like Lodz, Kazan, Vienna, Sofia and more). It shows a man tangled with a leash and the dog jumping to catch a bone. This is one of my favorite murals in Lublin (but I always appreciate works by Etam Cru).
Mural by Aleksey Kislow
The Ukrainian artist Aleksey Kislow is known for creating dreaming murals with the “Alice in Wonderland” alike vibe. And his work in Lublin is no different.
It shows the cat with the face of a woman, sitting under the mushroom-tree, with the city and the sky full of stars in the background. According to the artist the symbols he used mean Eastern Europe and its spiritual growth as well as the bright future of the region.
The mural is located right in front of the one by Etam Cru, at Lubartowska 55. When you are there take a look at the colorful yard next to the murals.
Mural with trolleybuses
Lublin is one of three cities in Poland that still use trolleybuses as public transport (the other two are Gdynia and Tychy). This mural at Peowiaków street, created by two French artists Zoer CSX and Velvet Csx, shows the local trolleybuses and is supposed to promote public transport in the city.
Yard of the “House of Words”
Walk through the gate at Królewska 17 street at you will be transferred into a real wonderland – the yard of the “House of Words” (one of the most important cultural institutions in Lublin).
The theme of the yard is always connected to well-known tales. In the past, it was Little Prince, Moomins, or Neverland.
When I visited the yard it was decorated in the Alice in Wonderland theme, with quotes and paintings from the book. There are also numerous other colorful and cheerful decorations around and the place is just the prettiest, a true wonderland!
City of poetry
On the walls all over the center, you can find poems by popular authors. They are often connected in a way to Lublin, either the poets were born and lived in Lublin or they describe the city (or both).
Even if some of the poems have a difficult background (like living in the Jewish ghetto) this way of showing the art is such a nice addition to the public space.
Mural by Waone
This mural created by the Ukrainian artist Waone was created for the “Night of Culture” festival and is inspired by the collaboration of the Polish-Ukrainian community in Lublin. You can find the mural at Jasna 3 street.
Song in Yiddish
Another work at Jasna street, next to the mural above, is the popular old Polish song („Gdzie jest ta ulica? Gdzie jest ten dom?”) written in Yiddish. This is one of the few works in the city that commemorate the Jewish community that used to live in Lublin before the war.
Train at Pocztowa street
The mural of the train, by the Warsaw artist Finer, is the tribute to the beginning of the street art artists who often started with painting the graffiti on the trains. This work is located in Pocztowa street, near the train station.
Street art at Kaczyński Square
The small square named after Lech Kaczyński is home to the small works telling the history of Lublin – they occupy the long wall on one side of the square.
In the middle of the small park, a giant hand holds the tree – this looks really cool!
Other works in Lublin
I didn’t manage to see all the murals and works of street art in Lublin that I had on my map, there are more of them (you can read about some of them here).
There are also other forms of art that give the city a unique look and feel. Very often you can find colorful lanterns hanging above the street, either in the Old Town or on the brewery premises.
Also in the Old Town, you can admire old pictures of Lublin residents from before the war. All of these, together with Lublin street art and numerous events, make the city such a great creative hub!
Map of Lublin street art
I put all the works mentioned above on the map so you can use it during your trip to Lublin. You can download the map and put it on your phone so it will be easier to use when you explore Lublin.
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