Postcard Cuvrystr. Berlin
This postcard represents the graffiti of the street artist Blu located in the street « Cuvrystraße ».
Close to the river Spree and the crossroads of Schlesische Str.
I drew this urban sketch on the 10th of March 2010 directly at the location in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
As a technique I applied wash drawing. So as artistic tools I used for this illustration:
- my sketch book (Watercolour Paper « Montval », Format 30 x 30 cm -11,8″ x 11,8″-, 300 g/m2 -140 lb-)
- my calligraphic pen (« Pilot Parallel Pen »- 2.4 mm)
- 2 paint brushes (fine and medium)
- dry pastels
I was sitting front of the big wall of graffitis, on the other side of this nomansland. I needed one hour for this illustration.
A typical place, made in Berlin, where these are dying out. But thanks to this urban sketch you have a souvenir of this graffiti.
On the right of the postcard Cuvrystr. we see a man with a chain and 2 watches : the businessman pressed » would it be chained to Berlin in this hidden space?
This illustration is also on my blog « Traversée d’Encres » (« Through The Inks »).
Blu is the pseudonym of an Italian artist who conceals his real identity. He was born in Senigallia. He lives in Bologna and has been active in street art since 1999.
Blu worked in Germany on many occasions between 2006 and 2009, mostly in Berlin, and always around Cuvrystraße in a multi-ethnic neighborhood called Kreuzberg. Thanks to his participation in several of the festivals « Backjump » and « Planetprozess, »he had the opportunity to create some of his works, one of which was painted in combination with gigantic photos by the French artist JR.
But in December of 2014 in consultation with Blu the two murals at Cuvrystraße were covered with black paint by a group of people as a sign of discontent with the city’s urban development policies in the area. In fact a hostel, just constructed in the front of theses famous graffitis, wanted to use them to raise the rent.
Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu_%28artist%29