Nowadays, fewer and fewer people in society today stop to look at the subtle beauty in what is already around them. In our frequently busy lives, we are either rushing from place to place or going nowhere at all. As a result, we save art for the galleries and installations. However, cityscapes in themselves are inspired and complex things which are commonly commonly taken for granted or underappreciated. Raubdruckerin, an art project born out of Berlin, seeks to bring awareness back to our space and capture the artistic side of a commonly ignored part of our space- manhole covers.
Started by Emma-France Raff in 2006 after developing the idea with her father, Raubduckerin prints shirts, jumpers, and bags directly from the source by using manhole covers as printing surfaces! This is possible because the designs on them vary from city to city, making them just one example of subtle, undiscovered beauty in our spaces. Without this project, I likely would not have realised the artisic merit in, say, covers from Amsterdam or Porto. They also print from other 'surfaces of the urban landscape' including grids and carved stone.
One major advantage of printing on-site is that the community can watch and involve themselves in the art being made. Raubdruckerin runs regular 'street printing' workshops where families can paint and create their own art from the subtle beauty of the streets, as well has having the prints commercially available online for the whole world to enjoy.
What's more, The printing process is entirely ethical and does not leave any lasting damage to the environment since all surfaces are cleaned before and after printing, meaning that the space is exactly the same or maybe even a bit tidier than they originally found it!
This is a really interesting initiate which I am very excited to follow in the future.
To find out more, follow this link to their website.
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