El Cuco is the first mural done by the recently formed ‘Thealang Collective’ . It was painted in the suburb of Sankt Pauli in Hamburg and measures about 20 x 6 m ( 65 x 19 ft). In Latin America, El Cuco is considered as a mystical shape-shifting creature who steals the souls of innocent children comparable to the boogeyman.
Here, we wanted to portray the impact of today’s (pre-Corona?) society: the eternally growing economy symbolised by the donations for the partially destroyed Notre Dame, and its effect of constantly destroying the environment, here symbolised by the burning green lung – the Amazon Rainforest. The combination of traditional painting by Elmar Karla and the technical stencils by LAPIZ creates a truly unique piece of art.
~ Hamburg – Germany ~