The motif is composed of three elements: a caravan, a truck and a house. It refers to the static, nomadic and commercial moments of urban life. Zoer takes up the narratives from Light Street, which describe the changing and nomadic cycle of a city's art and culture, and uses the central festival motif of "urban assemblage" in the composition of the image.


In contrast to the relatively "wild" and unoccupied urban and street spaces around Hüttenstrasse and Liebigstrasse, the place where ZOER aka Frédéric Battle realized his mural during the 2019 festival is a crowded place in many respects, for which constant change has practically become the norm: Shaped by its rich industrial heritage, Lichtstrasse, with its many old factory buildings and winding backyards, has long been a biotope for countless cultural actors who have created studios, galleries, clubs and concert venues here. The artistic influence of the streets is evidenced not only by the many murals that have been created here over the past few years, but also by the many graffiti, paste-ups, stickers, tiles and stencils that line the entire street. Attracted by the creative free spirit of this place, building developers have also been crowding Lichtstrasse for years, renovating old industrial buildings and often turning them into expensive office space. The multitude of players and especially of "developers" creates a pressure that increasingly leads to displacement.


Similar to the adjacent Helios or Güterbahnhof sites, long-established cultural spaces are increasingly having to give way to the pressure of capital. The area where ZOER designed its mural is also a witness to these developments: already designed in 2013 by the street artist Tika as part of the CityLeaks Festival, it was painted over again in the course of the complete renovation of the building complex and the subsequent relocation of various agencies. The new design of the wall can therefore not avoid taking up and critically reflecting this constant change on and around its surface. ZOER's mural takes up three typical elements of urban transformation and thus makes manifest what the complicated and immensely dynamic mesh of urban change all too often conceals: from the façade emerge a caravan, a removal van and a and a single-family house ready to be moved in emerge from the façade or collide with each other - mirror and allegory of the breathtaking structural redistribution of living and working space along Lichtstrasse and its immediate surroundings.

Lichtstraße 8
ZOER aka Frédéric Battle