Many people are sure they still have the hit “There’s a horse in the hallway” by Klaus & Klaus (1984) in their ears. And everyone has heard of the proverbial elephant in the china store. But crocodiles on bicycles? It is a novelty. Or was it at least until the 15th edition of the Ibug Festival in Zwickau, which opened its doors a year ago …

Many people are sure they still have the hit “There’s a horse in the corridor” by Klaus & Klaus (1984) in their ears. And everyone has heard of the proverbial elephant in the china store. But crocodiles on bicycles? It is a novelty. Or at least until the 15th edition of the Ibug Festival in Zwickau, which opened its doors a year ago.

The paintings in the old hospital had to be repainted with paint after the Ibug ended, but five works of art on the exterior walls are lasting memories. “In addition to the two façades that were created for the festival (at Club Seilerstraße and Kulturweberei), there is still work to be done on Talstraße 14 (paintball hall), on Bachstraße / corner Reichenbacher Straße and a façade on Brunnenstraße” , explains Ibug – Speaker Michael Lippold.

Christoph Steyer, known as the artist Flamat, also left two larger facade paintings on the corner of Humboldt and Werführung Strasse. In the center of many people who pass and drive. “It went so well that I was able to take on the job,” explains the happy 41-year-old, who lives as a freelance illustrator and designer in Leipzig. Do the cycling reptiles on the wall have a deeper meaning? “When I paint for a kindergarten, for example, I tend to use cute animals that do funny things. For Ibug, I was able to paint a not so cute animal while providing a certain fun factor, ”says Steyer. “Not superficially bright in color, but you should look and maybe feel a little irritated. You can interpret a lot of things in the pictures – from environmental protection to predatory capitalism.” That’s for that it is done. Is this what the work triggers in the viewer? “

The animal motif appears more frequently in Steyer’s works. “It started ten or fifteen years ago. I’ve portrayed animals in humanized situations and got a bit stuck. I can’t give an exact reason for that. It’s easy for me, it’s is why I do it. “

Even if you leave a work in one place and drive it away, it’s not out of the mind. “This is the case in the age of the Internet that someone in the city chops you from time to time on Instagram”, explains Christoph Steyer, who in 2018 had already designed the southwest facade of the headframe of the Martin well. Hoop with a large fresco. He was back in Zwickau at the beginning of May to paint a large facade in Brunnenstrasse. However, it annoys him when sprayers mess up his job. “You don’t really do that. But it’s just a free scene.”

Corona-Ibug 2020 in Zwickau

In the old Stiftstrasse / Spiegelstrasse hospital, the Festival of Urban Art Industrial Redesign, abbreviated Ibug, took place from August 28 to 30 and September 4 to 6, 2020, but on a smaller scale than usual due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The house was only accessible with guided tours. After two weekends, the results of the actors and visitors are nevertheless positive. The organizers counted around 4000 visitors, which, considering the general conditions, was considered a very good response.