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A Very Metal Urban Beautification Project
November 2, 2013 5:17 AM   Subscribe

"If you ever make it to the Bulgarian Black Sea coastal town of Kavarna, you’ll likely find yourself staring at this two-and-a-half story high mural of heavy metal journeyman Glenn Hughes which graces a building just up the block from city hall near one of the city’s main squares. Further up the block you’ll find yourself standing between a giant shirtless Billy Idol and a crooning John Lawton of Uriah Heep fame." One mayor's quest to make his town into an artistic tribute to metal.

The town is also the home of Kavarna Rock, a two-day music festival; Deep Purple headlined the 2013 gathering.

And the local reaction to the changes in this once-sleepy seaside town? "At a housing block with Dio painted on the side, six elderly women sit chatting on park benches. When I ask the group what they think of the new Kavarna, a lady with dyed-cranberry hair eagerly volunteers, 'Whenever someone asks where we're from, we say the capital of rock.'"

More on unveiling the monument to Ronnie James Dio. Flickr photostream of murals, photographed by Piran Cafe's Bob Ramsak.
posted by MonkeyToes (8 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, man. This is great. Thanks for posting this.

I hear Bulgaria's beautiful, but I've never been. The most that I can say is that I very much enjoyed the Bulgarian movie The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner.
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:57 AM on November 2, 2013


Suddenly I know where to go on holiday this summer...
posted by MartinWisse at 6:03 AM on November 2, 2013


Uhhh sorry Tsonko Tsonev the position of Most Metal Mayor Ever is already filled.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:17 AM on November 2, 2013


They need to build a Castle Anthrax!
posted by Renoroc at 7:09 AM on November 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


Uhhh sorry Tsonko Tsonev the position of Most Metal Mayor Ever is already filled.

"Most Metal" and "Most Mental" are not the same thing.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:12 AM on November 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


Badass! I want to move into the Lemmy building!
posted by medeine at 8:44 AM on November 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Billy Idol, though?
posted by koeselitz at 10:08 AM on November 2, 2013


Why not Billy Idol, if it's a nice day for a white wedding?
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:00 PM on November 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


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