OX In Cologne
This April, Cologne has become richer for a set of street interventions executed by OX, one of the most influential culture jammers today. OX was commissioned to take over ten billboards in specific locations in Cologne and to make an artistic impact in his own manner where it is not expected.
This action was conducted during the second week of April 2017 as an ephemeral project, following the original artistic path marked by OX.
As announced by the artist himself, the series of ten Cologne billboards are stylistically akin to his previous work, while worksinteract with the environment in different ways. The recognisable geometry and graphism correspond with the city’s landscape, which served as an inspiration to the artist. OX is known as a billboard hijacker, an artist who endeavors in illicit interventions in the public space. The commission of ten Cologne billboards, therefore, puts the artist in a new role, challenging him to think through the restrictions and stay true to his outdoor practice.
“My main goal is to create a moment of discontinuity with the common surroundings. I use billboard, which is normally used to deliver a message - but I utilize it to transmit emotions by replacing advertisements with absurd, decorative and ironic images."
Following the essential postulates of Street Art, these billboard artworks are ephemeral in nature, made with hope to leave a deeper, thought-provoking mark on the observer with the aesthetic of shock the artist employs.
10 Cologne Billboards are now installed in the following locations:
Alpener Str./Venloer Str. quer, 50825 Köln
Sechzigerstr, Nähe Liebigstr., 50733 Köln Nippes
Hans-Schulten-Str./Olpener Str., 51109 Köln Brück
Höninger Weg/Eifelwall, 50969 Köln Innenstadt
Hahnenstr./Rondorfer Hauptstraße. 9, 50997 Rondorf
Schanzenstr./Carlswerkstr., 51063 Köln Mülheim
Siegburger Str. geg. 195, 50679 Köln Deutz
Geestemünder Str. 46 re., 50735 Köln Niehl
Nieder Kirchweg 62, 50733 Köln Nippes
Liverpooler Platz/City-Center 1. Stock, 50765 Köln Chorweiler
Date of removal remains unknown.