Painting the Town
July 12, 2011
“Painting Reality” is a public art project in which unsuspecting drivers unwittingly painted Berlin’s Rosenthaler Platz intersection a strobe-like composition of blue, yellow, purple and red.
In an act of guerilla art, the artists IEPE & the anonymous crew poured vats of water-based environmentally-friendly paint at each corner of the intersection, while traffic was temporarily halted. As the lights turned green, some 2000 cars, including bicyclists, spread the 500-liters of paint in every direction. The vehicles soon spun a mesh of aleatoric lines, varying in thickness and color. Some lines are thin and retain their original hues, while others bleed into each other in wide bands of sickly palate.