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Iași Urban Walk

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An itinerary that includes a series of urban artworks (graffiti, sculpture, murals), older or more recent, with the possibility of stopping at some of the tourist attractions in Iasi.
moderate
Distance 13.5 km
3:25 h
13 m
95 m
132 m
37 m

Start from Copou Park and walk on Oastei and Codrescu streets to Apavital headquarters. Here you will find a first urban intervention - the sculpture "The man in the canal". On your way, stop at the APARTe Gallery; its exterior walls are designed by artist Dan Perjovschi. Perjovschi's drawings are a personal commentary on the current cultural and political context.

Continue on Sărărie Street, pass the mural at the Faculty of Visual Arts & Design, possibly take the bus (54) and stop at Bojdeuca lui Creangă. On the walls next to the writer's house, you can find some works signed by the students from the Art High School in the city. They were made in 1999, and are not in the best condition, but one can still "read" in them scenes from Creanga's stories.

Take a walk to Octav Botez Street, respectively to the Infectious Diseases Hospital. One of the hospital's street walls, next to St. Haralambie's Church, was painted as part of the Street Delivery 2020 event by artist Harcea Parcea.

Continue your walk to the Old Center, more precisely to Union Museum. Visit it if you want, but this urban art hunt targets two cat statuettes made by sculptor Felix Aftene - one located in a niche at the Union Museum, another on a balcony, a few tens of meters below, on Lapușneanu Street. The last one, the Blue Cat, became a kind of symbol of the city after participating in several profile exhibitions.

Continue on the pedestrian street to reach the City Hall. Here you will find the work "Capsule of Time" (sculptor Felix Aftene): six-winged scepters under which is buried a capsule of time, with pieces donated by people from Iași and 2000 photographs depicting the city. The capsule should be unearthed in 50 years, by the children who were born on the day of the inauguration of the sculpture.

From the end of the sidewalk, beyond the Palace of Culture, seek to reach the banks of the Bahlui River, near the bridge next to the Faculty of Industrial Design and Business Management. Here you can find the work Octopus (under the bridge), also made during the Street Delivery event, as well as a surface work.

Return to Podu Roș Square and hop on bus no. 5. Get off at Baza 3 station and take Bucium Street to the Moldomobila industrial platform. Here you will find one of the most beautiful projects aiming to revitalize the city's industrial landscape. Named The Gathering, the project focused on painting the exterior of several buildings within the platform. Some murals can still be seen today, especially in the area of the former "Hala Fix" Independent Theater.

A little further down, on Socola Blvd., look for the Ioan C. Ștefănescu Technical College. The paintings on the high school's exterior walls, part of the "Future perspectives" project still have fresh colors, although they are dated 2019. A little further down, the facade of the House of Culture of Trade Unions was painted in 2021, in an attempt to highlight significant events in the recent history of Iasi.

Take tram 11 from nearby (on Primaverii Blvd.) and get off at the International Railway Station. Beyond the boulevard, on Pantelimon Halipa Street, is the Legal Practice Wall - Nicolina Beach as it is known by the community of local urban artists. Any aspiring graffiti artist can come here to practice. The wall on Str. Pantelimon Halipa (oriented towards Lidl) is reserved for complete and complex works, while the wall on Str. Hatman Șendrea (facing the Oxygen gym) is also intended for exercise. The works here are constantly changing.

Author’s recommendation

The route - as shown on the map, did not take into account the tram / bus routes. Thus, the times and the route may differ slightly.
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Sînziana Mihalache 
Update: February 24, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
132 m
Lowest point
37 m
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Track types

Asphalt 26.70%Dirt road 4.58%Forested/wild trail 20.69%Path 23.33%Road 24.67%
Asphalt
3.6 km
Dirt road
0.6 km
Forested/wild trail
2.8 km
Path
3.1 km
Road
3.3 km
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Tips and hints

Other notable works not included in this route:

  • ReintegrART project - DGASPC (Ateneului Str.)
  • Campus building no T11 near Iulius Mall
  • Dubeț's Pyramid - Sanitation Headquarters
  • InZIDerabilii wall - entrance to the so-called Dallas neighborhood

Start

Copou Park (123 m)
Coordinates:
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47.179110, 27.568612
DMS
47°10'44.8"N 27°34'07.0"E
UTM
35T 543084 5225225
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Destination

Nicolina Beach

Turn-by-turn directions

Copou - Apavital - Facultatea de Arte Vizuale & Design - Galeria apARTe - Bojdeuca lui Creangă - Spitalul de Boli Infecțioase - Muzeul Unirii - pietonală centru - Primăria Iași - pod Bahlui - Platforma Industrială Moldomobila - Colegiul Tehnic Ioan C. Ștefănescu - Plaja Nicolina

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

DD
47.179110, 27.568612
DMS
47°10'44.8"N 27°34'07.0"E
UTM
35T 543084 5225225
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.5 km
Duration
3:25 h
Ascent
13 m
Descent
95 m
Highest point
132 m
Lowest point
37 m
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