New Eyecatcher in Munich-Schwabing - 60 square meter mural "Diversity Rocks"
Bavarian International School (BIS) is showing a visual sign of diversity through graffiti artwork by Johannes Brechter at their City Campus
The colorful graffiti artwork "Diversity Rocks" welcomes all students, teachers, parents, visitors and pedestrians over 60 square meters at the City Campus of Bavarian International School (BIS) in Schwabing. The Munich artist Johannes Brechter created the mural and it can be admired by anyone from the public who is passing the corner of Leopoldstraße 208 and Wilhelm-Hertz-Straße. BIS is setting a strong visual signal with the piece of artwork, highlighting the importance for diversity in this globalised world.
"BIS is an international, diverse and colourful school that stands for openness and promotes the individual development of young people. This identity should be reflected in the wall design. Diversity is simply great, an enrichment for our society and our future. That's why it rocks and this power should be represented in the image," says Johannes Brechter, who needed barely a week, two buckets of facade paint and 50 spray cans for the 28-meter-wide work of art.
His creation itself is also diverse: some surfaces were painted, other elements sprayed, the picture is a colour blaze, the letters look like hieroglyphs with a touch of computer and comic culture. "It's not classic graffiti, perhaps illustrative typography would be the right description," explains Brechter, whose artistic roots lie in street art. He has also expanded his portfolio by studying sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.
From now on, the mural "Diversity Rocks" will be the new visual attraction at the main entrance and courtyard of BIS on City Campus, where normally approximately 300 students from the age of three attend kindergarten and primary school up to grade 5. "We are very happy with the artwork, which reflects the spirit of BIS in a creative way. We are particularly eager to see the reactions of our students when they are allowed to visit the City Campus again," says Dr. Chrissie Sorenson, School Director and Executive Board of Bavarian International School (BIS).
The official inauguration of the work of art with students, teachers and officials will not take place until the school is allowed to reopen. A graffiti workshop with Johannes Brechter and BIS students is planned as well as a media event. The project was sponsored by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and the owner PATRIZIA AG.
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About Bavarian International School:
Bavarian International School gAG (BIS) is a non-profit institution with two campus locations (Haimhausen and Munich-Leopoldstr.). Approximately 1,200 children and adolescents from 56 nations between the ages of 3 and 18 attend the recognised IB World School including kindergarten. As one of only two international schools in Germany, BIS offers all four IB programmes. The IB DP average result of 34.3 (worldwide: 29.7) illustrates our high pedagogical standards. 210 employees work at BIS, including 170 teachers from 29 nations. The holistic educational focus is on the individual development of each child under the motto "Believe. Inspire. Succeed". Due to the high proportion of international students (75%), the private all-day school is an important factor for Munich's business promotion and marketing.
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