Ljubljana may be my current favorite city in the world. Of course, I tend to fall in love with a lot of places, having sworn in the past to move to Amsterdam, Koh Lanta (Thailand), Bali, and Plovdiv (Bulgaria). Who would have thought I would find yet another paradise in Slovenia.
Though Ljubljana is the capital and largest city in Slovenia, it has only 300,000 inhabitants, and even that number surprises some of the locals. The historic city center is full of history, and even greater charm. Surrounding the city is farmland, extending out into a mountain range and forested hills.
Though exceptionally quaint, the city is filled with graffiti, which is not to say that would necessarily detract from a city. Street art is one of our favorite things to discover and hunt in cities, but there is a fine line between what we consider art and what is pure vandalism.
Ljubljana has a lot of both, and the amount of tagging can sometimes feel overwhelming. Street art says a lot about the locals of a city, and the writing on the wall here is screaming for attention.
There are always those who are just out to write their name or the name of their crew – just feeding their ego and contributing nothing to the world around them – and then there are those who are trying to make a statement. To say something rather than simply be screaming their own name into the ears of innocent bystanders.
Art is intended for individual interpretation. Some make sense, some don’t at all, and some leave you pondering, often unsure if there is actually something to ponder. What are your views on what the social experience is in this current time in Ljubljana?