500 litres of of water-based environmentally-friendly paint were dumped on Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin – a new colour in front of every traffic light: lemon yellow, chimney red, cyan blue, and purple violet. The cars drove over the paint and became ‘paint brushes’.
The action was executed anonymously.
For months people were guessing whether this was a ‘Guerrilla Advertising Campaign’ or an art-work.
In fact, it is a work of art by Berlin-based Dutch artist IEPE (Iepe Rubingh, born 1974) together with an anonymous crew. IEPE is known for his ‘traffic congestive actions’ in Berlin and Tokyo, as well as the raining ‘Miracle Trees’ in Singapore, Berlin and Arnsberg. Additionally, he is the inventor of the hybrid sport ‘Chess Boxing’ and is the director of the World Chess Boxing Organisation, with clubs in Siberia, London, Los Angeles and Berlin.
IEPE works “within society” or “with society”. For him, Chess Boxing is as much Social Sculpture as an independent sport. The work ‘Painting Reality’ is connected to the idea of Social Sculpture and is a picturesque implementation of it.
You can see the video of the intervention here.