In future Johann Georg Elser, who carried out an attempt on Hitler’s life, will be featured on a 22 meter high graffiti artwork in the heart of Munich: Since Saturday July 22, 2017, the MAGIC CITY artists WonABC and Loomit have been working on a 23 meter high and 11.4 meter wide house front at Bayerstraße 69, in sight of Munich’s main station.
The artwork itself will have a height of ca. 22 meters. With this work WonABC and Loomit intend to erect a monument to the resistance fighter Johann Georg Elser in the city where he carried out a bomb attack on Adolf Hitler and a large section of the Nazi leadership on November 8, 1939. The attack in Munich’s Bürgerbräukeller narrowly failed. Johann Georg Elser was arrested and on April 9, 1945, shortly before the end of the war, was murdered in the Dachau concentration camp. Today there are a number of monuments to the resistance fighter, including a commemorative plaque in the Rosenheimer Strasse, the former site of the Bürgerbräukeller.
The artists on the work
The motif was selected by the artists: “I admire Georg Elser, not just for his actions, but also for the early date of the attack. He wanted to quickly end the war which the Nazis had unleashed, knowing that it would reduce Europe to rubble and ash. I feel that Johann Georg Elser, as one of the most important and earliest figures from the resistance movement, is not adequately represented in Germany’s culture of remembrance. On top of that, I am interested in the philosophical question of whether tyrannicide is morally acceptable – a question which we will also address in the work”, explained WonABC. Loomit also underlined the relevance of the theme: “Terrorist bombings on the one side and morally legitimate resistance are highly relevant themes which are both exemplified by Georg Elser’s story.