Artists to Action – Gängeviertel in Hamburg

Not far from my neighborhood there is a little area that is called Gängeviertel. About 12 houses that are really old – some of the few left over in Hamburg of this construction. This area was the living area for the very poor workers and a couple years ago an investor bought those houses with the plan to demolish about 80% and build up something modern. But then they hadn’t had money and now for years those houses are just stand there empty, they rot and it looks as if some day those historic houses will be just demolished at all.

Last weekend about 200 artists – a lot of them art students – squated the houses and put installations, paintings, sculptures, spray art  – art in every imaginable way into the rooms of those houses. And finally the city started talking to them and right now it looks as if they can stay for a time and the rooms will be opened to the public in case they are safe.

Not my video

So I have been there several times to see if some more reopened – and I will be back for sure- but here are some things I saw so far.

this one below totally cracked me up

The video is not mine! I found it on youtube- and love it!

  • sylvia

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    this is very cool! thanks for sharing this. hamburg has so much to offer, even without “big money”….

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  • Vicki Chrisman

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    Oh.. how COOL! I loved this post.. the photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Daphne

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    Okay…now I am sure that Hamburg is a lot cooler than Amsterdam :-)

    Great iniative!

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  • Michelle

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    Wow, how cool is that? I love this type of stuff! I miss Hamburg so much. It was one of my most fun and exciting stays on my trip. With your help of course!

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  • Daniela

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    Oh klasse, fantastische Wandwerke!

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  • Michelle Rydell

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    Oh Nat this is so inspiring! I love how you always find the coolest urban art to photograph! Thanks for sharing!

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  • melles-world

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    Das sieht herrlich interessant aus! danke für die tollen Fotos!

    GLG – Melanie

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  • christiane

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    ich wäre gerne mit von der partie gewesen!! tolle fotos!! :D

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