Kufa’s Urban Art
Initiated in 2014 by the Kulturfabrik culture centre in collaboration with the 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 is hosting three art projects at the Rout Lëns site, starting in September 2019.
on Rout Lëns
Urban arts embellish a city, give it greater standing and appropriate the public space while making culture available to everyone. Already a noticeable feature in the town of Esch, particularly with wall frescoes and street furniture, art is now moving into the Rout Lëns site.
These artistic activities are a way of putting the spotlight on the future district, facilitating its location and raising awareness about its reconversion. It is also the first stage in reconnecting Rout Lëns to the town, making the site an area of artistic expression, as elsewhere in the city.
Eric Mangen's project 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.
Sascha Di Giambattista
dresses the bridge
Giamba is aiming to establish "Rout Lëns" in people's imaginations. Inspired by the typographies of posters from the golden age of steel manufacturing, the artist makes play 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.
Three types of flag mark out the area within the Rout Lëns site. Close to the level crossing, a "forest" of 60 flags displays two alternating visuals, one with figures alluding to the life shortly returning to the district, the other with simplified spaces suggesting a new neighbourhood. Both feature the same colours, indicating the harmonisation between people and the infrastructure. Red obviously refers to the industrial past of Terres Rouges.
The visual in Rue d’Audun represents a figure in motion. His simple gesture, inspired by a flip book, can be easily understood by motorists. The figure is wiping sweat from his forehead, making reference to steelworkers, while his hand on his heart represents a past that will always be remembered by the inhabitants of the south.