They come here to paint — artists from Cologne and all over the world. Every two years, the City Leaks festival of urban art invites artists to liven up boring grey walls — and upgrade house walls with striking large-scale murals. Over the years, some of these provocative murals and graffiti have even become veritable landmarks in their respective neighbourhoods.
City Leaks was founded by the associations artrmx and Colourrevolution to prevent public spaces from simply being surrendered to ever-present advertising without any counterbalance. The aim of these organizations was to promote direct communication between art and observers during daily life in the city.