In search of OakOak street art by bike in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Another cyclist looking for OakOak street art

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Street art is best sought on a bike.

“I read about [OakOak] online last night and am looking for the art today, as well.”


Notes: I saw something on Bruzz (website) last night about a small collection of street art by French artists OakOak that was all over my neighbourhood. Made an instant plan to take the bike the next day and go hunting for the eleven pieces. I was not the only one.

Barry Sandland/TIMB - A frog hidden by OakOak

Barry Sandland/TIMB – A frog hidden in the side alley

I had a visual clue for the first piece I would look for, en route – and finding a second piece – came across another cyclist who had the same idea.

The collection is mostly along the Quais (a collection of streets) near the canal. All I had, really, was a one visual images to help to find the collection. It has meant a morning of criss-crossing the streets, up and then down, trying to spot each piece. One group is pretty tightly clustered. The others, well, keep looking. In the photos, there are enough clues to help you get there, if you know the neighbourhood. But nothing so crass as a street name.
Barry Sandland/TIMB - A smattering of romance on a pedestrian crossing

Barry Sandland/TIMB – Love on a crossing…

I found a nice mass, but still miss four. But nobody said it all had to one found on the same day.  But I pine for the piano steps.

Regardless, it has made me more visually aware of the neighbourhood I have frequented for over a decade.
The pleasure in the hunt and find approach is you get to criss-cross the area with searching eyes. You see something else you want to photograph, restaurants, cafes and shops you did not know were part of your everyday life. And, sometimes, you come across a nice piece of art that has no connection to OakOak, save that in search of his, you found even more.
Not such a bad thing.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Not an OakOak piece, but the search for his art brought me to more hidden gems in the city. Love this one… 

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