Easter is almost here. This traditional Christian holiday, which brings hope and happiness, is loved and celebrated by many people around the world. Easter weekend is also a great time to travel. Even these days, when the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, people are trying to leave their homes and spend several days exploring new areas. Luckily for them, some destinations are already open, but to vaccinated travelers only. Is the situation the same in different parts of the world? This question has been raised in the latest intervention by the street artist LAPIZ.
Reisefieber: New Intervention by the Street Artist LAPIZ
What is Reisefieber? Roughly translated from German, Reisefieber means “travel fever.” This term is usually used to describe the feeling of excitement before traveling, especially to far-away places and exotic locations. “Travel fever” is now quite common for vaccinated travelers who cannot wait to pack their bags and go on holiday. One such traveler is depicted in a new work by the street artist LAPIZ, which appeared last month right next to a travel agency in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, Germany.
However, “travel fever” is just the tip of the iceberg in LAPIZ’s “Reisefieber.” With this work, the street artist is trying to draw people’s attention to the current situation with the vaccine worldwide. According to LAPIZ, the world’s leading countries, whose share of the total population is approximately 14%, have bought more than half of the vaccines available today, while many of the most populated countries like Nigeria do not get any. Thus, while some countries are getting back to normal life step by step, others won’t be able to do that in the near future. As a result, COVID-19 may become just another neglected disease common in low-income populations. This is what is hidden under the beautiful imagery of LAPIZ’s new socially important street art piece titled “Reisefieber.”