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Watch: German Artist Transforms Offensive Nazi Graffiti Into Cheerful Artwork
By Azira Amran, 22 Aug 2016
Image via legacybln
Although it has been over 70 years since the end of the Nazi regime, reminders of the traumatic period still crop up once in a while on the streets of Germany. In this particular instance, the distasteful reminders come in the form of graffiti.
When vandals started defacing public property with the swastika symbol, business owner Ibo Omari wasted no time in fighting back. Instead of simply covering up the work, Omari decided to turn the terrible images into something positive–public art.
After getting permission from building owners and local law enforcement, Omari painted over the swastikas with cheerful images of cartoon animals, colorful Rubik’s cubes and quirky characters.
His simple campaign sparked a revolution across Germany, with 11 new graffiti artists joining him to turn the horrific imagery into something positive.
Watch the video below to take a look at some of the reclaimed public spaces below and check out the campaign on Instagram under the hashtag ‘paintback’.
[via German Pulse, video via Legacy BLN]
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