7x magnificent street art in Leuven
Leuven became a member of Street Art Cities in April 2020. This is certainly reflected in the many works of street art that you will find here, quite a few of them are veritable gems in this genre. Blogger Ann Vandenbergh of the website wANNderful selected her 7 favourites for you.
- 1. Untitled-Lying Lady (Bisser) | Tervuursevest 176, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)
Racing past Leuven’s ancient city walls it’s easy to miss this lying lady. So, opt for slow travelling by bike or on foot and discover this beautiful work of art by Bisser on the wall of the Shelter, a relief centre run by the De Wissel non-profit organisation. Although Leuven hosts quite a few of Bisser’s fabulous works, I find this to be one of his most poetic and moving. It’s hardly surprising that the furore created by Bisser on the international art scene is so great that his work is known as far away as Brazil!
- 2. At the Meadow (Vera DinDin) | Leerlooierijstraat 11, 3000 Leuven
Are you game to discover even more talented artists from Leuven? If you are, you should certainly take in some of the works by Vera DinDin, which are located all over the city. One of her most fascinating murals is At the Meadow, the meadow landscape with which Vera DinDin transformed this concealed corner of Leerlooierijstraat into a green city garden, complete with hedgehogs, geese and butterflies!
- 3. A Tale of Two Foxes (Dzia) | Lindensestraat 25, 3010 Leuven (Kessel-Lo)
I am completely enthralled by the graphic animal figures created by Antwerp artist Dzia. His brightly coloured peacocks, pigeons, wolves and foxes have stealthily invaded the city, making it their own territory. When I first saw the mural with the giant foxes in the sub-municipality of Kessel-Lo, it was as if I had been nailed to the ground. Can I take one home? Please?
- 4. Camillo Torres (Jaune) | Brusselsestraat 159/161, 3000 Leuven
The stencil art created by Jaune is charming and absolutely fascinating. This Brussels-based street artist pulled out all the stops on the concrete walls in the courtyard of the Camilo Torres student housing complex. The work resembles a comic strip, in which his work shines a humorous spotlight on some our society’s ‘invisible’ garbage men in their fluorescent jackets. Be sure to take enough time for a good look at the many funny and exciting details from close up!
- 5. The Girl with the Suitcase (Smates) | Pieter Nollekensstraat 2, 3010 Leuven (Kessel-Lo)
This strapping girl carrying a suitcase has been beautifully and realistically integrated into her surroundings. Looking at the mural, you would hardly realise that her suitcase is actually a feeder pillar! There is also something enigmatic about the girl: is she coming home or leaving? The highly charged mural was created by Smates, an artist from Mechelen. Be sure to check it out!
- 6. Birds (Super-A, Collin van der Sluijs) | Geldenaaksebaan 200, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)
Although this may be one of the best-known murals in all of Leuven, it is one I can never get enough of. Super-A and Collin van der Sluijs evoke the atmosphere of the nearby Park Abbey ponds, with their wealth of flora and fauna, in an incredibly smart and artistic manner. A mural that you simply can’t miss!
- 7. Daydreamer (Artoon) | Rijschoolstraat 4, 3000 Leuven
Dream away at the end of your street art tour by taking in the mural brush-painted by Toon Van Ishoven on the wall of Leuven’s Tweebronnen library. What could be better than sitting in the sun enjoying a good book?
Would you like a few more tips for discovering street art in Leuven? Check out my street art bike tour in Google Maps or put together your own with the free Street Art Cities app.