Street Art in the Albanian CapitalThis is only one of the 'out-of-the-blue' images that regularly pop up as you're exploring Tirana. Apparently one of the former mayors of the city was an artist himself. In the post-communist era he actively encouraged the use of brightly colored paint on structures within the city limits and even commissioned work to be done randomly throughout the city. This wall was one of the more obvious ones. I found so many in side alleys, small streets, door frames and on buildings that were tucked away from the main thoroughfares. The imagery tends to be on the surreal side: swan shepherds, flaming graffiti tags, film noire characters offering smoking warnings, handfuls of vegetation......
Tirana is an incredibly walkable city and I really enjoyed snapping pics of the colorful surprises I would frequently find as I wandered.