Kufa’s Urban Art

Initiated in 2014 by the Kulturfabrik cultural centre in collaboration with Esch city council, the artistic and educational project known as Kufa’s Urban Art is designed to firmly root urban art in the territory of Esch. Regionally and internationally famous artists are invited to create temporary or permanent works. This approach transforms the urban space in the long-term and fosters social cohesion through educational and awareness-raising activities, socio-artistic events and guided tours. For the 2019-2020 edition of the Kufa's Urban Art project, the developer, IKO Real Estate, hosted three art events at the Rout Lëns site, starting in September 2019.

Three Luxembourg artists

Eric Mangen's wall fresco

Eric Mangen’s work illustrates the idea of movement, transformation and transition. One circle ends so that another can begin. The artist aims to convey the idea of a dynamic site in a phase of rapid change, looking towards the future.

Julie Wagener's flag installation

Three types of flags mark out the area within the Rout Lëns site. Near the level crossing, a "forest" of 60 flags displays two alternating visuals: figures, alluding to the life that will soon be returning to the site, and simplified spaces suggesting a new neighbourhood. Both share the same colours, evoking the harmonisation between people and infrastructure. Red obviously refers to the industrial past of Terres-Rouges (“red soil”).

The visual featuring in Rue d'Audun represents a figure in motion. The simple outline, inspired by a flip book, can be easily understood by motorists. The figure is wiping sweat from his brow, in reference to the steelworkers, while his hand on his heart represents a past that will always be remembered by the inhabitants of the south.

Sasha Di Giambattista decorates the bridge

Sascha Di Giambattista aims to establish "Rout Lëns" in people's imaginations. Inspired by the typographies of posters from the golden age of steel manufacturing, the artist plays with the symbolic red of the southern soils, while keeping the rusty iron of the bridge as a backdrop to preserve a link with the past.

Illustration

Three Luxembourg artists

Eric Mangen's wall fresco

Eric Mangen’s work illustrates the idea of movement, transformation and transition. One circle ends so that another can begin. The artist aims to convey the idea of a dynamic site in a phase of rapid change, looking towards the future.

Julie Wagener's flag installation

Three types of flags mark out the area within the Rout Lëns site. Near the level crossing, a "forest" of 60 flags displays two alternating visuals: figures, alluding to the life that will soon be returning to the site, and simplified spaces suggesting a new neighbourhood. Both share the same colours, evoking the harmonisation between people and infrastructure. Red obviously refers to the industrial past of Terres-Rouges (“red soil”).

The visual featuring in Rue d'Audun represents a figure in motion. The simple outline, inspired by a flip book, can be easily understood by motorists. The figure is wiping sweat from his brow, in reference to the steelworkers, while his hand on his heart represents a past that will always be remembered by the inhabitants of the south.

Sasha Di Giambattista decorates the bridge

Sascha Di Giambattista aims to establish "Rout Lëns" in people's imaginations. Inspired by the typographies of posters from the golden age of steel manufacturing, the artist plays with the symbolic red of the southern soils, while keeping the rusty iron of the bridge as a backdrop to preserve a link with the past.