Booktitle: Graffiti unter der Autobahn
Subtitle: Die Bridge-Gallery in Lörrach
Author: Kai Hendrik Schlusche
Dimensions: 22.5 x 23.5 x 1,3 cm.
Condition: Cover: 9.5/10 Inside: 10/10
Hardly any other art form polarizes as much as graffiti. For some, it is pure vandalism, which in the worst case leads to immensely high cleaning costs in public spaces, and for others, graffiti is an exciting visual form of expression and means of expression of an internationally active youth movement.
The Bridge-Gallery in Lörrach in southern Baden, located in the border triangle of Germany, Switzerland and France, shows the fascination that can arise from young artists with spray cans if they are provided with large wall areas for legal spraying.
Initially initiated only as a local youth project, the motorway bridge over the Wiesental and a landscape park has developed into a “hot spot”, which is now also frequented by the stars of the graffiti scene from all over Europe.
This book is aimed at an interested professional audience as well as the viewers of the Lörrach Bridge Gallery and curious readers who want to learn a little more about graffiti and street art.
The so-called freewalls under the Wiesental bridge in Lörrach have become a magnet for young up-and-coming painters as well as for established experts in the scene. On some of the approximately 100 concrete walls, graffiti artists who belong to the international “Champions League” even present themselves.
The fascination of graffiti results from its transience. Depending on the quality and exposure, the pictures in public space are sooner or later supplemented by other artists, changed and finally completely painted over at some point. The tragedy of decline and morbid charm are close together here. With the documentation presented here, the memory of the images in their original version is preserved for posterity.