Open Kindl is opening discussions: Munich, an open city?

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»In the spring of 2015, the Munich CI/CD agency Martin et Karczinski designed a symbol for the city under the motto ›Mia san mehr‹ [We are More in Bavarian dialect] intended as a commitment to diversity and openness,« writes the Page in its July issue. »The ‘Open Kindl’ depicts the city’s coats of arms together with symbols from all the world religions: in addition to the standard cross, there is also a crescent moon, a Star of David and so on. Originally conceived as a poster contribution for the Munich Creative Business Week, the agency turned it into an initiative: proceeds from the sale of Kindl Kits (stamps, stencils, gym belts etc.) supported the SchlaU school for young refugees. A good thing, you would think. The city saw it differently, however, and denied the agency the use of the symbol – probably because of the sometimes aggressive responses to the campaign, which certainly gave the agency something to think about. ›It would have been a good opportunity for the city to support an initiative that they didn’t even have to commission,‹ says Peter Martin. The agency initially relented, but has now reactivated the website www.openkindl.de and is getting the remaining kits out to people.«

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