Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mysterious Mural

This mural by Austrian illustrator and artist Frau Isa was created during the "Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics" in August. Please click here for another mural by Frau Isa, discovered last year.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Theme Day: Curiosities

This ball-shaped building - "Kugelmugel" - is located in the Prater in the 2nd district. It was created by artist Edwin Lipburger in 1971 and originally was located in Lower Austria. In 1984 the "Republic of Kugelmugel" declared independence, Lipburger refused to pay taxes to the Austrian government and began to print his own stamps, for which he received a prison sentence in court. Only a pardon by the Austrian President saved him from going to jail. Austrian state officials relocated the structure to the Prater park and surrounded it with barbed wire fencing.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Schönborn Garden Palace

The Schönborn Garden Palace, designed by Austrian baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, houses the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art. The museum was founded in 1895 and displays collections of the traditional folk culture of Austria and its neighbouring countries.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Flowers #163

"The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower." -
William Cowper

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Two Hearts And a Flower

Someone expressed his love in this drawing on the banks of the Old Danube...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sunset Obsession #21

On Monday evening I decided to cycle along the Old Danube despite the stormy weather. I hardly moved forward against the wind, but I was rewarded with this beautiful sunset.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

An Evening at the MAK

On Tuesday evening a friend of mine and me visited the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK). The museum was founded in 1863 as the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, today is it home to a collection of applied arts, design, architecture and contemporary art. On Tuesdays the admission is free from 6 to 10 p.m., and sometimes there are special events like guided tours, discussions.... The day before yesterday a dj rocked the museum, but we left when there was not yet much going on...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Only You...

Last week I showed you KASHINK working on her artwork (here), and here is now the completed version.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Würstelburger

I have already shown you this mural by HNRX last week as work in progress. How do you like final version of the "Würstelburger" (sausage burger)?

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Unsticker

I'm coming back to the "Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics" that took place in Vienna from August 12 to 16 and that I have already mentioned here and here. Yesterday I checked two painting locations for the final artworks and discovered the mural "Unsticker" by Italian artist Millo.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Flowers #162

"The morning glories and the sunflowers turn naturally toward the light,
but we have to be taught, it seems." - Richard Rohr

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Eat More Cake

This sign welcomes the clients of a café in the 18th district. The slogan of my life... ;-)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Schützenhaus

The "Schützenhaus" on the banks of the Danube Canal was designed by Austrian Art Nouveau architect Otto Wagner as one of severals flood control structures when, at the end of the 18th century, it was intended to convert the Danube Canal into a freight and winter habour. In 2010 the edifice was revitalized and transformed into a restaurant.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Work in Progress #2

Here's another mural that was created during the "Calle Libre Festival". It's a work by Austrian street artist HNRX whose favourite themes are every day objects and whose main purpose is to put people in a good mood.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Work in Progress #1

From last Wednesday to Sunday Vienna hosted the "Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics": Six street artists were invited to create murals in public spaces in the 6th and 7th district. In this photo KASHINK, one of the few French female street artists, is working on her colourful mural.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday Blue(s)

I still don't know why I have this thing with tables and chairs... But this arrangement in the Kagran School Gardens was just too eye-catching to be ignored...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Flowers #161

"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift." - Albert Einstein

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Tasting Goes on

There are so many new ice cream parlors in town! And this summer I want to test as many as possible. Some days ago I went to a new italian ice cream parlor in the 7th district. Unfortunately they didn't have two of my favorite flavours, but I found three others that I liked a lot.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Looking for Shady Places

Vienna has been suffering from a heatwave for more than a week. Today's temperature forecast: 39°C (102 °F)!! That's the first time in my life that we have temperatures like this... I think everybody is now looking for shady places. A nice and quiet place to stay is the outdoor area of the teahouse of yesterday's ice tea photo, hidden in a courtyard and behind the fence on the right side in this photo.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Let's Have Some Ice Tea

This advertisment for ice tea in the window of a tea shop/teahouse in the very city center recently caught my eyes because of its soft colours and retro design.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bright Colours

I'm not only obsessed with sunsets, but also with bright colours. One of my preferred combinations is green and pink. In this case I also like the yellow and the purple.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Evening Acquatics

The New Danube is popular for sailing and now also for stand-up paddling. Yesterday it was a little too calm for sailing. Shortly after I had taken the photo the people in the boat pulled out the rudders...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Running Test Shoe Vending Machine

Saturday evening I discovered the world's first "running test shoe vending machine" on the banks of the Danube Canal. You just have to choose your shoes, enter your mobile phone number to receive a text message with a PIN code, enter the code and  test brand new running shoes. After the run the shoes can be returned in a flap of the vending machine. There are also lockers where you can store your "old" shoes while testing the new ones.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Flowers #160

"How sociable the garden was.
We ate and talked in given light.
The children put their toys to grass
All the warm wakeful August night." - Thomas Gunn

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Museumscafé

From the lounge of the Kunsthistorisches Museum you have a beautiful view of the café in the cupola hall. For another photo of the café please click here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Museumslounge

On Sunday a friend of mine took me to the "lounge" of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Only the annual ticket gives access to this quiet area where you can relax, browse catalogues and enjoy a beautiful view of the museum's cupola as well as the Naturhistorisches Museum on the opposite side of the square.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Vegan Ice Cream

I'm not vegan, but some weeks ago I ate for the first time this vegan ice cream. It was really good!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Flowers #159

"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere." - Vincent Van Gogh