The Beautiful DIY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

By Attila Nagy on at

If you happen to be wandering the countryside walking the streets of ex-socialist towns and villages in Central or Eastern Europe, you may notice a similar decor on houses built in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. What you’re witnessing is DIY rebar art in its finest form.

Just like the case of the cabins beside Tisza River, we can admire how creative and imaginative people can be when they lack proper building materials. So what if you only have reinforcing bar, a.k.a rebar, to decorate your home? You use what you’ve got: cheap rusty rods of steel that you can curve and flex and weld into anything you want.

I often photograph these amateur, awkward, clumsy yet catching pieces of art, but when I came across a great Tumblr blog called Rebar/Pattern I realised I’m not the only one who loves these rural designs.

Krisztián, editor of the Rebar/Pattern blog, writes:

A rebar (short for reinforcing bar), is commonly used as a tensioning device in reinforced concrete. Besides its functional purpose, it was used for metal mural works of the pseudo-socialistic era. These works, with their false optimistic scenes, decorated firewalls of buildings. Also, the well known home made objects of that era, like flower-racks, window grids, and fence ornaments used this material. These objects were typical examples of the DIY diversity in the socialist lack-economy.

Here comes a set of fine rebar art, based on my collection and the awesome work of Rebar/Pattern. And if you know similar pieces of decoration somewhere around you, please show us: post a photo of it in the comments. Rebar/Patter also eagerly accepts submissions of steel drawings from any post socialist country.


Oriental scenes on a fence in the former Luna Park of Budapest

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Riverside, large mural work on a wall

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Bucolic scene with sheep, shepherd, sunset in a restaurant

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Wall decoration

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Church doors

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Industrial wall decoration

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Cartoon fence

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Basic geometric window grids

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Amusement park decorations

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Symbol of fire

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Ornament in a public park

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Hairdresser windows

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Weekend houses

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Typical garden gate with catfish near Lake Balaton

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Window grid with sailing boats

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Pub windows

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


The Flintstones in Hungary

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Fence near Lake Balaton

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Canoeing

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Random geometrics

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Colourful fence

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Tulips

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Skittles

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Hammer, key, and cogwheel

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Illuminati!

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Hospital garden wall

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Tobacco shop

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


A simple flower somewhere in Poland

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Bees? Airplanes? UFOs?

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


A really nice swordfish (or narwhal)

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Organic

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern


Mimicking folk art

The Beautiful DiY Rebar Art That Still Decorates Ex-Socialist Buildings 

Photo: Rebar Pattern