Restoration of 1970s East German art work marks crucial minute in fight to assert creative benefit
I ts sweeping multicolour panorama triggered versus a grey gorge of prefab high-rises in the background and rows of beige Trabants parked in front, Josep Renau’s mural in Moscow Square in Erfurt utilized to have an objective to influence and turn heads.
Made of 70,000 glass mosaic tiles, the Spanish artist’s work reveals 2 enormous hands, one clutching a sliced up apple, the other what appears like a Salvador Dal making of a jellied Rubik’s cube. Its title, in the utopian lingo still favoured in socialist East Germany when the mural was developed in 1976: Man’s Relation to Nature and Technology.
When the culture centre that provided the art work its exterior declared bankruptcy after completion of the cold war, the mural was taken apart and stored into storage. As of this week, Renau’s work is back in all its pixelated magnificence, with 500 replacement tiles made of artisanal Italian glass being repaired to a concrete structure that sets it apart from what is now a shopping centre.