Yesterday weather conditions were at best suboptimal, but workshops and join-in-activities went on undaunted. Slowly but staedy Kamper Acker begins to change its face. Charles Bhebe has begun to work at the gable at Kölner Landstraße 431, but when I reached the spot yesterday, work rested due to the wet weather.
The large paved area was partially covered with fresh colour, there is still a lot more to do. The participating artists do what they always do – they aquire public space, wherever possible. This spot offers few opportunities, so everything is used for stickers, paste ups, graffiti and more. My yesterdays highlight was (besides some interesting meetings) the little substations of the local municipal transport authorities. A number of graffiti artists have taken care and gave them a friendly new design. I was especially pleased to meet a new piece of COKY. My first encounter with him was at 40° Urban Art Festival 2015. He and his psychedelic cats nearly brought me out of my mind. Like a Cerberus one of his cats watched the entrance to his room, which was divided in the middle. One half was designed in the eye-popping colours of the cats, until the mad! Inside you felt tranquilized but turning you found the same patterns in deep black and white and came down immediately. The first thing I saw when I alight the tram at Holthausen, was one of his funky cats staring with big yellow eyes at me. I’m thrilled – welcome back kitties!