Doel, Where The Wild Things Live

Doel ("purpose" in Flemish) dates back to the 13th century. Up until the 1700s, it was an island surrounded by purposely flooded land. It's not big, squeezed in between the river Scheldt and the Antwerp harbor and the shadow of Electrabel's Dole Nuclear Power Plant constantly looms over its landscape. It's not a particularly happy place either, the forty-or-so inhabitants left (out of an initial population of over 5000) struggle to keep their small patch of land from being obliterated to make place for the harbor's new dock.

Since 2008, the Port of Antwerp has led quite a campaign against the people of Doel, complete with sending a hundred person riot police squad to the village to force through the start of the demolition process, according to NGO Doel 2020.

The locals say they are tired but will not abandon. It is after all their home. The result is that a piece of history is falling silent, its streets, now, a playground for cats and... graffiti characters. Street artists from all around the world have found a canvas in the empty houses of Doel, giving the village an eerie Post Apocalyptic Wonderland look.