Doel: Belgian ghost town turned city-wide street art gallery
April 19, 2012 1:38 PM Subscribe
Ghost town in Belgium will lose its street art when it ceases to exist
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. "For 700 years, Doel stood near Antwerp along the Scheldt River in Belgium. As Antwerp expanded in the 20th century, its port needed more space, and Doel quickly became a target for demolition. Trying to force residents out, the government scheduled demolitions multiple times, but were beaten by popular protests from the 1970s through the 1990s. But despite the will of the people, Doel could not be saved and in 1999, the town was officially scheduled for complete demolition. Since that time, residents have trickled out, but artists have made their way in. As more of the town became abandoned, street artists from across Europe came and began to debut their works around Doel.
had a write-up
and photo essay
on Doel, a Belgian polder villages that was reclaimed from river Schelde at the beginning of the 17th century.
UrbEx.NL has a short write-up
and a black-and-white album of the city in decline
The global graffiti and street art site Fat Cap has an article from 2010
, covering the decline of the city, and how artists embraced the city. Fat Cap also has a gallery of street art in Doel
On YouTube: art in progress
A search for Doel on Flickr
, with images of the city in abandon and street art, and a few seemingly unrelated pictures.