My dear followers, readers and sympathisants:), have you missed my street art hunting photographs? I have hundreds murals to show, shot on my last two trips to Portugal and Argentina. And to be honest, probably maybe some of you recognize this feeling: too much content and ideas, and i don’t see the beginning of how to create large blogposts/overviews or photo galleries.

But! There is a but! Someone has already heard of “The Crystal Ship”? Wel, it’s an annual contemporary Urban Art Festival held in my hometown Oostende, Belgium. And it’s already the 3th edition this year! Our walls are painted by famous artists like Bosoletti, stencil artist Jaune, Guido Van Helten, OAKOAK, Sebas Velasco and much more! To my opinion, one of the biggest stars of this edition is going to be the Argentian artiste Milu Correch. She is just BRILLIANT! Check out her Instagram and you’ll notice how talented she is.

When is the festival? 7 April 2018.

The Crystal Ship on the  World Wide Web

If you plan to visit my city Oostende(or Bruges, 14 minuts by train), let me know in advance and with pleasure I will guide (free bike rent/or walk) you through our colorful streets. I created a Oostende Street Art map as well. Starting today, I’ll show an mural every day.

The first mural I’ll show, is a creation of two Belgian artists “Smates” and “Locatelli”. The nice story behind this mural: the owner of this house went on a trip to Africa and she specifically asked for a work with animals that occur in Africa.

Smates and Locatelli
A Smates and Locatelli creation in Oostende. Crystal Ship 2016

Smates and Locatelli on the World Wide Web

Smates (Bart Smeets): Instagram

Steve Locatelli: Instagram

Location: Blauwkasteelstraat 1



8 thoughts on “The Crystal Ship #1: Smates & Locatelli

  1. Very nice of you to promote your home town, that shows character and heart ! But tell us the truth…is there snow in Oostende too ? If you can believe it, we’ve just come back from Sofia where we were almost riding in a sledge with Santa :):):) on the landing lanes of the airport. If I hadn’t the little prince who depends on me I would come to this interesting festival so I wish you to enjoy it with the friends who are coming, too & take care of your lungs!

    1. Hey hey:), Snow is gone and we are all waiting for a bit of sunshine:). How was your trip to Sofia? Except the snow and Santa’s sledge:)? Well, when your little prince gets older, maybe he gonna like painted walls too:). Oostende a top destination for every age and every season:). By the way, you have ever been too esch sur alzette? The street art capital of luxembourg:). xxx stefi

  2. I’m off to Nuart this year (Aberdeen is my home town) so won’t be able to see the third edition of the Crystal Ship but the fourth edition… fingers crossed I can make it! I’ll be in Antwerp in September all going well so if I can fit in a visit I will!

    1. Let me know if you are coming to belgium, with pride and pleasure I can guide you around in my city Oostende. In May, I am going to Paris (focus on Vitry Sur Seine and Belleville), Bristol… You know why:) and finish in London. StreetArtMania! Other places on bucket list: Azores and Wynwood(Miami). Greets Stef

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