maandag 5 maart 2012

Monday Mural

This building called "Vrankrijk" in Amsterdam was squatted since 1982, to prevent demolishing and a new appartment building. In 1992 the squatters obtained the building and there is a cafe at the ground floor. The inhabitants have a love and hate relation with the city counsel and the police as you can see at the sign right. The painting says "Boom" at the left above.
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16 opmerkingen:

  1. that's incredible that the squatters got the building. Geez. What happened to the Owner?

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  2. Tjee die krakers hebben er wel een zootje van gemaakt. IK dacht dat we die tijd nou wel gehad hadden.

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  3. I wondered about the owner as well... perhaps owned by the city? Great post.

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  4. Kitty, Spare,
    Yes the owner was the city, who wanted to built a apartment building. The eighties were tumultous times for Amsterdam with lots of this kind of things going on. So the city made a gesture I suppose. I was surprised myself too when I read it.

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  5. If they buy the building, they can keep it.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  6. It's amazing how the artist never let all those windows interfere with getting his message out.

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  7. Amazing mural! Seems to be too nice a building to demolish...

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  8. I never understand how squatters can stay in a building so long. Here they would be turfed out after a couple of days or whenever they were discovered!

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  9. It's nice that they kept it from going "boom".

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  10. This is a very large building to have squatted for so long. I'm rather impressed with the art, but am curious as to why they chose to write the message in English.

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  11. Now that they own the building, I doubt the squatters threaten "Boom" anymore. I bet their conflict with the police has changed too. I'm curious about all the little details like who the official listed owner is, who pays the taxes, and who lives there now. Thanks, for participating in this week's Monday Mural.

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  12. I like this one! Also very interesting to hear the story behind this paint job. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Squatting is a fascinating phenomenon. I wonder where one can squat today and not ever have to leave?

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  14. im wondering whether i have ever been there.
    but probably not...

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