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A: Spinello Projects at Scope Basel 2011

by Isaac Martinez, 50 meters away

Artist Typoe's work "Confetti Death" represented by the Spinello Gallery (Miami), is shown at the int...

Spinello Projects at Scope Basel 2011

B: Basel mittlere Rheinbrücke

by Markus Lissner, 240 meters away

Basel mittlere Rheinbrücke

C: Mittlere Bruecke and Helvetia

by Dieter Hofer, 250 meters away

Die Mittlere Brücke, meist Mittlere Rheinbrücke genannt, ist der älteste noch existierende Rheinüberg...

Mittlere Bruecke and Helvetia

D: Basel Nacht am Rhein

by Markus Lissner, 310 meters away

Basel Nacht am Rhein

E: Basel Rhein

by Adam Ciarcinski, 360 meters away

Basel Rhein

F: Rainbow over the Rhein in Basel, Switzerland

by Dieter Hofer, 360 meters away

Unfortunately I wasn't fast enough to find the bucket with the gold at the end of this rainbow... I h...

Rainbow over the Rhein in Basel, Switzerland

G: Johanniterbrücke

by Markus Lissner, 430 meters away

Johanniterbrücke

H: Rossetti

by Markus Lissner, 470 meters away

Rossetti

I: "Gugge music"at the Carnival in Basel

by Werner Getzmann, 470 meters away

This "Gugge music" played on the Martin church square of Basel. The Basel carnival lasts 3 days. The ...

"Gugge music"at the Carnival in Basel

J: Grossbasel with Münsterhügel

by Dieter Hofer, 520 meters away

Grossbasel with Münsterhügel

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