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In Munich, many do not even know that Mercury lived here for five years

The city guide Martin Arz now wants to remember the singer and his relationship to the city - a very special Village at the wood place.

Birgit Lotze, Ludwigsvorstadt/Isarvorstadt

Martin Arz, publisher, writer, and guide to the city, want to brush up on the urinal at the wood place in the Glockenbachviertel - with the help of Street-Art artists. He just has to get the permission of the conservation authority, is an exceptional case. The urinal is not just any toilet, it is considered to be the only cast iron octagon Munich, and was originally built in 1900, on the Stachus. After his move in the glockenbach quarter, after the war, the octagonal Pissoir has been called the "flap" is famous and is closely connected with the history of homosexuality in Munich. About 30 years ago, the monument was protected inside the course.

SZ: Lord Arz, actually, they wanted to put up with the urinal, Yes a Memorial. A Memorial for the deceased singer of the Band Queen, Freddie Mercury.

Martin Arz: In the pre-came out of discussions with the preservationists, they would not have been a Memorial happy. That's why I'm off of that. We - in the talks I had with a representative of the cultural Department and Beate Bidjanbeg, the culture Committee Chairman of the district Committee are glad that it worked out yet. Then we just call it Memorial.

Why is Freddie Mercury?

Because he has lived in his five years in the district, among other things, on the wood. At the Pestalozzi street. And maybe he has used the urinal that as well.

What characters did you want to continue?

What David Bowie for the Berlin was was Freddie Mercury for Munich. To keep the Berlin know very well, Bowie present. In Munich, many do not even know that Mercury lived here for five years. And it know, it is often by means of the recently current Queen of the Film "Bohemian Rhapsody".

What did Freddie Mercury because in the glockenbach quarter?

He felt very comfortable here and free. He was, of course, the big Star, but here he was, the Freddie, the could just go drink a beer.

can now be no Memorial. But a small memorial to the former urinal yet?

Currently, it is planned, with the wall decoration of three well-known Isarvorstadt-guests. Freddie Mercury is one of them.

And other personalities of the remembered

Albert Einstein's little known is that he grew up here in the adlzreiter road. And Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who lived across the street from the Hotel oak tree at the gardener's place.

Compared with the dressed-up gardener place the wood looks, however, come down and more like a large Parking lot.

This is a nice neighborhood, and it should be beautiful. You could make the wood a little gem. The urinal-action is a first step. Because currently it is smeared regularly with Tags. This makes the neglect of the square of the feed.

what artists do you want to work together in the design of the urinals?

So, it looks like currently, with the boys of Graphism, a Team for design, all with a lot of street experience. They have organized a few years ago, the Graffiti action on the stockyard wall. The're going to be, and in such a way that it works in spite of the limited colour palette.

A specification of the preservationists?

Yes, we are not allowed to differ in the colour design, not far from the colors of the monument, have to keep everything more in Green and Beige.

Are there other requirements?

The original condition must be preserved. We are therefore not allowed to paint directly on the monument, but on plates that are in turn attached to the monument. But it is still unclear which plates could be and how you attached might be.

when can you start?

of course, We must first make clean. Up to now, we have not come into the urinal clean - we don't even know where the key is and how it looks like from the inside. 29. June a Feast on the wood, it is planned to place. Since we want to do something - either the artist can then get started, or perhaps is opening already.

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