“You know what we should do to commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce? We should get some kickass street artists to create awesome pieces of art in the streets of London and Berlin!” That’s how I picture Visit Flanders decided on this brand new project. Yes, Visit Flanders commissioned artists Alaniz, Addison Karl en Wesr to create an impressive canvas that will be displayed in the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin. And they did a similar thing in London where Zadok, Ninth Seal and Sokar Uno created a piece of street art on the Shoreditch Wall (Great Eastern Street, there till the 26th of December).
The two pieces pay hommage to the 1914 Christmas Truce in the Belgian village of Ploegsteert, when soldiers from both camps temporarily ceased fire in the week leading up to Christmas. German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. Men from both sides ventured into no man’s land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs.
Heartwarming, isn’t it? Now, get yourself to London or Berlin asap!