Muralu – Street Art Ludwigshafen
Initiated in 2018 by the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum and the online event platform WOW, MURALU is a large-scale street art project in Ludwigshafen. The name derives from the word MURAL and LU (= Ludwigshafen). Along with regional and national street artists, major international representatives of the scene will be invited to create works on selected inner city wall surfaces.
The project opened in 2018 with the renowned American artist Augustine Kofie. From 16 to 23 October 2018, he painted a dynamic mural in his characteristic abstract-geometrical style for which he has become internationally known in the street art scene on the facade of a building on the corner of Rheinalle/Schwanthalerallee in Ludwigshafen’s Luitpold Harbour.
The work in Ludwigshafen is the artist’s first permanent mural in Germany. Graffiti by the Los Angeles-born Kofie, whose works combine influences from street culture, art history and futuristic film design, can also be seen in such major metropolises as Paris, Boston, Marrakech and London.
The realisation of Augustine Kofie’s mural was supported by the Hafenbetriebe Ludwigshafen am Rhein GmbH, which generously also made the building facade available, which is presently used by the Polizeipräsidium Rheinland-Pfalz.
The start of two new projects are already in the works for 2020: The Greek street artist Parisko has collaborated with the Blaqk collective for the purpose of producing a large-format mural for MURALU. Entitled MONEY BOX, it will be realised on the rear of the building of the Sparkasse Vorderpfalz bank in Rheinuferstraße. It is the artist’s first collaboration and the mural combines Pariskos’s abstract lettering with Blaqk’s minimalistic black-and-white aesthetic.
Jef Aérosol is regarded as a pioneer of the French street art scene. The internationally renowned artist achieved recognition in the early 1980s with his life-sized stencil images of cultural icons as well as anonymous persons. For the facade of the Musikschule Ludwigshafen, he is producing an ensemble encompassing people from diverse generations, backgrounds and cultures playing music.
The goal of MURALU is to actively participate in the planning of the urban space by means of artistic interventions for the purpose of reaching diverse sections of the populace as a positive identificational moment. Further projects for 2020 are being planned with TIKA, Anja Roth, LIMOW and SWOON.
The street art project is a part of an exhibition project dealing with the significance of the street in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries to be shown at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in the fall of 2021 that will also shed light on the history of graffiti.