Freiimfelde, a district of Halle, was still a cautionary tale of a shrinking city in 2010. Separated from the city center by a wide railroad line, it was considered the most vacant neighborhood in Germany. To counteract this, starting in 2011, various players in the urban community sat down with the city’s urban planners and sought concepts. The result was the Freiraumgalerie – an urban art project that would gradually upgrade the entire district and has since been influential for other parts of the city and beyond.
While Landsberger Strasse (left) runs through half the neighborhood and has been most clearly redesigned, Grimmstrasse is a short connection of this to Freiimfelder Strasse (right). Structurally inconspicuous, it is now the large-format murals that characterize the streetscape (here in 2015 condition). We can see on the right side a work by Threehouse and to the left a mural which Viktor Sobek created together with children during a workshop (with CVJM & Mij.k.doo). On the final wall of the left building in perspective we see a “colorful animal world” by Enjoy, RicoArts & children of the neighborhood. Finally, at the left edge of the picture on the wall surface in Landsberger Straße we see street art by Flatlab.