Frankfurt am Main, Germany
By Kai Pfaffenbach
“Is this legal?”
That was the question I asked myself almost two years ago, when I was walking along the embankment of the River Main in Frankfurt and saw the fence around the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters construction site.
Huge works of graffiti were scrawled on the wooden boards. It looked quite professional but I wondered if the ECB had agreed to allow these paintings since their content was both critical and politically provocative.
I got the answer to my question from 36-year-old, Frankfurt-based artist Justus Becker, also known as COR, who both paints some of the graffiti and helps curate it.
“This is legal,” he told me with a smile, explaining that the ECB had allowed it to go ahead and even paid for the boards when the art project was first established. Now they are part of a public space, where artists are allowed to share their works of graffiti.
Justus and his friend “Bobby Borderline” let me join them as they worked on a new painting for their latest three-day art project.