It is not very likely you will come across taints of illegal and unaesthetic graffiti in Tbilisi. This problem was more relevant in the early 2000s, making certain districts look unfriendly to tourists. However, the current mayor of the city decided to take care of it.
Places are random, the art – stunning, and the messages – powerful; There are gigantic murals scattered throughout the city, each of them taking up the whole height and width of a building, each of them forcing you to halt and start thinking about your life, or someone else’s struggles in your life.
To start with the most fun art: the underground crossing of Vake Park is full of joyful cartoon characters (from The Lion King, Minions, and Disney princesses…), but the art is not copied from the official content of the movies, but every character is presented with an original tweak made by their artist. A mural of a woman on Bakhtrioni street no. 3 will keep you up at night, making you wonder how the heck women handle everything all at once all the time. Another one on Tamarashvili Avenue no. 12 breaks down stereotypes. And the one with the most powerful message (Ilia Chavchavadze Ave. 39b) – an encaged man, reflecting the painful reality of smartphone addiction.
So, if you are a fan of such form of art, roam around the lesser-known urban areas of Tbilisi and you might find yourself changing core values and habits of yours just by marveling at a mural.