The road to the Stuttgart #AddingColorToLives mural is complete
Each year during September, Park Inn by Radisson teams up with artist Joel Bergner to work with youth at risk in our local communities. This year is no exception and the result of the latest project in Stuttgart, Germany is another amazing piece of community art! Each mural is unique and all of the youth involved are at the center of building the story. The story told by the Stuttgart mural is a story of the long journey of life symbolized by a winding road. The road is not always easy, but that is what makes us who we are and makes us stronger. In this post, we will tell more about how this mural came together, and some of the individual stories you will find expressed through the colorful mural.
- – 33-meter-long wall, 4.5 m high
- – 30 youth participants, 10 nationalities
- – 1 day of design workshop followed by 5 days of painting
- – Happiness guaranteed
Meet the artists
Meet Diyar. Two years ago, he fled Syria with his parents due to the war. A difficult journey by boat brought him to Iraq, where he was able to fly to Germany. Luckily, his sister was already living there. Unfortunately, Diyar had to leave most of his family members behind.
Finding employment has not been easy for him. Diyar is a trained car mechanic, and although Stuttgart is the car capital of Europe, finding a suitable job has been a challenge. After following German classes and the registering with Joblinge Stuttgart he was able to join the #AddingColorToLives project in Stuttgart!
Diyar says that the project has not only helped improved his German language skills, he learned not to be shy. It’s helped him to express himself through drawing and make some new friends. He feels more confident in expressing himself. Next week he has his first interview for a position with a local garage.
This is Anica, a 24 year old young woman from Stuttgart. Anica is supported by EVA Stuttgart. She says that the week long project made her believe in the idea that, regardless of a person’s background or what language they speaks, it’s possible to come together and work as a team. The youth have shown that they can trust one another and shouldn’t be afraid of making mistakes. Anica says that by supporting each other, together they have shown that everyone can contribute to a fantastic piece of public art.
Michael is a 21 year old Park Inn by Radisson employee. He works in the hotel as a kitchen trainee. Michael has participated with the #AddingColorToLives mural and got the opportunity to connect with his peers and make some new friends. Michael appreciates the difficulties of the youth participants, especially those who had to escape war in their countries. Michael says: ‘It’s difficult to see what happens in the world today and how it can affect the people around us. Although my new friends are safer here in Germany, it’s a difficult environment as this is not their true home. However during the project, I got a better understanding of this.”
One of the key themes expressed through the Stuttgart mural is the journey from the past, through the present and into the future. A car in the dessert is featured in the mural on the road to that future. Liman, 28 years old from Gambia brought up his personal experience travelling through the desert on his journey to a better life. He’s hoping to obtain a job as a carpenter in Stuttgart, but throughout the Adding Color to Lives project he has discovered other talents too.
Tamim had to leave his home in Afghanistan 2 years ago. He had left behind all his family and friends once he got the opportunity to escape the threat of war in his country. Tamim painted to the airport of Kabul as part of his past, where he had to leave Afghanistan, but also sees it as a destination for the future, hoping the war will end and he can return to his family and friends, and continue building his future.
Special thanks to Kulturinsel Stuttgart where the mural calls home. This is truly a place of tolerance, art and culture – The perfect place for adding color to lives!