1. John Cleese inviting you to do a silly walk
The tunnel of silly walks, inspired by the infamous Monty Python sketch was officially opened by Mr. Cleese himself.
Arjan uit het Broek from Gemeente Eindhoven played a big role behind the scenes to make this street art project happen. Studio Giftig created the mural artwork.
The stencil art Cleese figures invite anyone who passes the tunnel to do a silly walk.
2. Encouragement to follow your heart
Because you can never have enough of those…
3. Funny reminders to watch out
(Loose translation: Attention! Exit construction traffic. So you better watch out…)
4. Blooming street lights
Take a busy street with a lot of traffic, not so much space, and a desire to make the street into a friendlier space.
There might have been a lack of space for real trees, but there was no lack of creativity. A couple of people who live in the street initiated this amazing project.
5. Poetry in unexpected places
Eindhoven has a ‘stadsdichter’: a city poet, someone who is appointed by the city council to write poems for a period of time, about the city and current events.
Merel Morre fulfilled this function for a while and wrote some beautiful poetry. What’s even better: some of her poems can be found on different walls around the city.
6. Street lights in love
7. A community bucket list
The infamous street art project ‘Before I die‘ invites people to write down something they want to do before they die. The chalkboard wall was originally created by Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. It grew into a global art project with over 2000 walls around the world. As part of the happiness route (de Geluksroute) of 2016, a ‘Before I die’-wall was created as a community project in Eindhoven. Later it was moved to a tunnel.
8. A growing collection of little free libraries
Through Little Free Library (or Mini Bieb for The Netherlands), you can find mini libraries in your neighbourhood, or start your own and add it to the map. Basically it’s a community of people who build and place weatherproof boxes for the free exchange of books.
What’s even better, to honour the 100-year anniversary of the Eindhoven library, there is a current initiative to grow the number to 100 mini free libraries in Eindhoven.
These are a couple of my favourite street art project in Eindhoven. What other street art ideas would you like to see, which would make people smile?
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