“It was so ugly,” my grandmother said of her hometown. In fact, that’s what everyone said about Łódź. When my grandmother was growing up, it was a manufacturing hub, covered in smokestacks and pollution. It was never a particularly beautiful city known for architecture or style. Now, with most manufacturing gone since WWII, many of the buildings have fallen into disrepair. Much like Detroit or Manchester, you can see the post-industrial, rust-belt blues on every corner in Łódź.
So in an attempt to revive a decaying infrastructure and maybe even make Lodz kinda cool, the city invited street artists from all over the world to paint huge murals on the sides of regular buildings all around the city. These murals plus a thriving street art/graffiti scene make Łódź great for any wannabe-artsy amateur photographer (a.k.a. me).
These buildings are completely covered in shards of mirror and I have no idea why
I find this oddly reassuring