The Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art Munich (MUCA) has given a fresh new look to the familiar figures of dogs in Ingolstadt Village. Our mascots spent a few weeks as guests in the ateliers of the handpicked street-art artists Eliot, Christian Rothenhagen, Base23, Patrick Hartl and Christian Hundertmark (C100). The results are really worth seeing because the “Street Dogs” came home to the Village redesigned and have been shining in all their glory in their familiar surroundings since 25 June. Shoppers who keep their eyes open while strolling through Ingolstadt Village will surely discover one or another of the four-legged mascots because these dogs are as impossible to overlook as Technicolor dogs – literally! The artists who redesigned our Village’s dogs are somewhat better known than the four-legged figures.
With this cooperation, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection successfully continues its concept of making art accessible and experiential. Incidentally: two of the Street Dogs are now on display at the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art Munich.
As the Layer Cake collective, artists Christian Hundertmarkt and Patrick Hartl have specialized in “crossing”, i.e. breaking classical graffiti rules. Crossing also influenced the design of their two “Layer Cake Dogs”. These canine figures underwent the usual Layer Cake treatment: “Patrick begins, Christian responds, and the process continues through several rounds back and forth!" say the two artists from Munich.
A freelance artist and designer who lives and works in Berlin, Rothenhagen redesigned his “Street Dog” for Ingolstadt Village by choosing urban transformation as his theme. “I capture time in sketches and wall pictures. Street dogs, mongrels and mutts, know their city intimately because they have internalized it. Dog and time stand still”, says Rothenhagen about his figure.
“Beatbox Eliot” is well known as a pioneer of the German hip-hop movement. But Eliot, who has chosen to live in Berlin, has also made a name for himself as an artist who likes to work with ordinary objects for daily use, as well as with mass media, zaniness and even junk food. Eliot’s years in the rap business inspired him to create the designs for his “Music Dogs”, which are quite different from his “Neon Dog”: he used which spray cans and stencils to transform the "Neon Dog" into a modern hidden object picture.
The inspirations for his graffiti, his works on canvas and his installations can be traced to many different sources. Our dogs are linked with the city and the architecture in the artworks created by BASE23. The dogs dissolve into their surroundings by becoming part of the urban environment. The artist translates this symbiosis of city and animal in a humorous way that simultaneously stimulates viewers to ponder and think twice.
Also known as “C100”, he is one of the trailblazers of the German street-art movement. His artworks made it from the streets of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, London and Stockholm to the halls of famous museums and galleries. And his four-legged sculptures similarly reflect this graffiti artist’s DNA: “I painted the dog in my characteristic style, which couples graphic surfaces and classical graffiti elements like those I make on walls and canvases.”
The roots of the artist Patrick Hartl from Munich are essentially in graffiti. He explains “his dog” in the following words: “I chose a simple design to match the monochrome red canine figures. For the lowermost layer, I decided to use a pattern of classical white ‘graffiti tags’ in a uniform type size and a characteristic style. I opted for ‘dripping’ as a ‘topping’ to give the figure a sort of spine, which is likewise rendered in white marker ink."