Street Artist Lapiz Silent Protest Mural
Street artist LAPIZ recently painted the “Climate Carrousel” at an old asylum for the insane near Berlin, now it also popped up in Hamburg’s Gaengeviertel.
The climate emergency and how governments deal with it, is one of our biggest concerns. For a while LAPIZ was looking for a way to channel this into a painting. Living in Germany, the country of the autobahn, cars, the VW-scandal, coal-mining and indecisive politicians, there was a lot to consider. Recently, a German youtuber prominently ridiculed the government’s efforts to deal with the crisis. They had formed the “Climate Cabinet” to deal with the goals of the Paris climate summit, but fell short of actually making the necessary changes. To LAPIZ it all seemed more like a circus show catering for the industry than implementing any effective restrictions.
The “Climate Carrousel” is an ironic take on this circus, it shows, Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Minister of Finance (Olaf Scholz), the Minister of Economics (Peter Altmeier), the Minister of the Environment (Svenja Schulze) and the Minister for Transport (Andreas Scheuer). Adorning the carrousel are the logos of Germany’s leading CO2 producing companies: Lufthansa, Heidelberg Cement, RWE, VW and BASF.
The words on top read:”ermöglichen (to enable), erleichtern (to facilitate), erlauben (to allow)”, taken from Minister Scheuer, emphasising the government’s reluctance to introduce regulations.
The motive has first been painted in Domjüch, an abandoned asylum outside of Berlin that seemed very fitting. Recently, LAPIZ painted it a second time in the Gängeviertel in the heart of Hamburg.