When the rest of my family visited Germany this summer, one of the things they kept mentioning was the art – they cooled off in elaborate public fountains, fell in love with the ancient, intricate architecture, and were wowed by the imposing elegance of the massive churches, cathedrals, and castles.
Rowan, a 16-year old, inspired lover of eye-catching aesthetics, was totally enthralled by Germany’s renegade art, what we call graffiti in America. Graffiti has negative connotations to many people, and it just doesn’t do these masterpieces justice. Public street art is embraced wholeheartedly in the big cities, and even small towns boast bits of artistic whimsy that were delightful to come across.
When the boys came home to Vermont and downloaded their thousands of photos onto my computer, I was delighted to find Rowan’s memory card full of modern masterpieces. Some were created to send a political message during times of oppression; some exist for the purpose of spreading beauty in a world that is often defined by messages of hate, and still others are outlandish testaments to a life that rarely makes sense.
Rowan walked the streets of Berlin, Stuttgart, and Leipzig, snapping photos of Germany’s renegade art. Here are the results.