Doel, somewhere between paradise and hell

March 19th, 2014 | By | 2 Comments »
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ROA, Santos, Resto

The most spellbinding urban exploration I ever experienced in an doomed place…walking down the streets of this town, the heavy silence all around you, and all the amazing art everywhere on the walls trying to bring back to life the so desperately abandoned and empty houses… Doel is a small town close to Antwerp, in Belgium. Despite a rich history build over several centuries, the government decided in the 1970’s to erase Doel from the map in order to make way for the extension and widening of Antwerp’s port. Despite decades of protests, the residents had no choice but to leave their homes. Some residents proudly continue to resist, but you can presume that the game is over. It’s this mix between human tragedy and beauty of art that made this place so attractive to me. I had a vague idea of the art I would find in the streets, Doel is now an urban art legend, but I never expected to be affected like this! And even if the most of the art has suffered from the passage of time and vandalism, it has been a blast! Here is the work of ROA, Santos, Resto, Psoman, Rotti, Koekoes, Asep, Lastplak, Jiem, 0331c, Show, Bue, Amigo, Reab, Topo, Steaz, Wacks. And more from Doel here.

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ROA

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Psoman

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Rotti, Koekoes, Asep

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ROA, Resto, OX- Lastplak

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ROA

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Jiem

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Detail. Jiem

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Artist unknown

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ROA, 0331c

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ROA, Santos, Resto, OX- lastplak, Show

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Resto, Bue

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MAD

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ROA

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detail. ROA

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Amigo

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Artist unknown

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Reab

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Topo

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Artist unknown

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ROA, Lastplak

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ROA

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Steaz, Wacks

Photos by Aline Mairet


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  • Sofie

    Ok, where should I start, WERE YOU EVER EVEN THERE? First of all, you wrote the name wrong it’s just plain Doel, not Doël… Before the 17th cen. it was marchland, so that would make it 400 years old. The demolition plans date from the late 90s (and for now are cancelled) and exept for some dangerous buildings, not much has been demolished. A few people still live there and it has at least 2 pubs/restaurants that are still open, that live of the tons of tourists it gets. Oh, and please, look up the meaning of an urban legend…

  • http://artmural-streetart.blogspot.ca/ Aline Mairet

    i take the critics, and fixed the name of the town…. but, despite i made some mistakes, i keep the definition of urban legend, should have wrote most famous street art spot maybe… so received my apologizes.