A new Budapest mural pays tribute to Douglas Adams

Photo : András Farkas
Színes Város

The third painting completed for the 2017 Színes Város Festival – providing local and international artists with the opportunity to paint huge murals on empty Budapest walls – was inspired by “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, and depicts an intergalactic alcoholic beverage featured in the book, called the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.

We already wrote about the annual Színes Város Festival, during which the often-dilapidated and drab walls of Budapest are decorated with the mesmerizing, colorful graffiti art of talented local and international artists. This year’s theme is wines and gastronomy, and its partner city is Berlin – accordingly, the first two murals on Kertész Street are works of artists from the German capital. The third wall to get a new look is also located on Kertész Street, but this time it’s decorated with an illustration by three Hungarian artists.

Photo: András Farkas

Fat Heat, Mr. Zero, and ObieOne combined the culinary theme with a hint of science fiction, inspired by the contemporary classic of Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. While their creation’s main theme isn’t gastronomy, it portrays the “Best Drink in Existence” as described in the aforementioned book: the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, an alcoholic beverage invented by ex-President of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox, according to whom you should“never drink more than two Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters unless you are a thirty-ton mega elephant with bronchial pneumonia”.


The three artists attempted to depict the above scenario on the mural. “We’d like to share the recipe with the people of Budapest before the planet is destroyed to make way for the Vogons’ hyperspace bypass,” they said.