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Doel: Street art village

Doel is a 700 year old village on the river Schelde in Belgium. Near to the local nuclear power plant, with its two giant cooling towers, it became the target for demolition not once but twice in order to make way for the ever expanding harbor. The successful protest groups of the seventies could not compete in the 90's and as residents began to leave, the government refused to rent out the properties again and instead let them fall into disrepair.
On the 23rd of March 2007, the government decided that the village would be demolished by 2009 and in June 2008, residents received a letter informing them that they were to vacate their homes by the 1st of September 2009.

2012: There are still people living in Doel. An association was born, Doel 2020, and the artists came to support the cause by painting on the walls and creating installations. The contrast between the empty houses and the residents' resistance is striking.
Engel van Doel
Engel van Doel
Petrol station
Petrol station
Café  Saxonia  2 years later
"Café Saxonia" 2 years later