Koutsikos und Kollektiv Blaqk
Art at the Savings Bank
September 2020: the MONEYBOX
On the rear façade of the Sparkasse Vorderpfalz in Rheinuferstraße, three well-known Greek artists designed a joint project in which they worked together for the first time:
Here's a trip to Moneybox on a great site!
Translation of this newspaper article
Ludwigshafen. The Ludwigshafen street art project Muralu went into the next round with three renowned Greek artists: Paris Koutsikos - also known as Parisko - and the Blaqk collective, consisting of the two artists Greg Papagrigoriou and Chris Tzaferos (Simek) designed the façade at the back of the Sparkasse Vorderpfalz within only five days. The permanent mural on Rheinuferstraße is the second "mural" realised as part of the Muralu street art project.
"After we launched Muralu with the renowned Los Angeles-based artist Augustine Kofie at Luitpoldhafen, we are very pleased that our street art project is now being continued with the mural by Parisko and Blaqk. This is the artists' first joint project in Germany," says curator Dr Astrid Ihle.
In their works, the Athens-born artists Parisko and Blaqk combine calligraphy, typography and geometry, which represents a new and unusual approach in the field of street art. Their collaboration in Ludwigshafen combines Parisko's abstract lettering with Blaqk's minimalist black and white aesthetic.
"Moneybox" is the title of the monumental mural, which can also be read as lettering on the façade. On the one hand, it is based on the box-shaped architecture of the building, on the other hand on its function: a financial institution.
The Sparkasse Vorderpfalz was one of the first supporters of the Muralu street art project who agreed to provide an external wall. The design of the mural was developed in close consultation with the Sparkasse Vorderpfalz and the Wilhelm Hack Museum. Thomas Traue, Chairman of the Board of Sparkasse Vorderpfalz, emphasises: "Energy and inventiveness deserve to be supported. We were very happy to participate in the Muralu street art project from the very beginning and supported it with our Sparkasse Foundation. The results are impressive. Within a very short time, the three Greek street artists Paris Koutsikos, Greg Papagrigoriou and Chris Tzaferos have created an attractive eye-catcher on our wall in Rheinuferstraße."