Berlin Graffiti Project III

9 02 2008

This is the third part of this project, and the last for the time being. But if you took nice shots of other graffiti and street art, and want to share them with us – please do.

Although we did choose the best, finest looking, most intriguing and/or most interesting artworks from our point of view, what you saw here was really no more than a tiny fragment of the real thing. Check out the previous parts as well.

Berlin Graffiti Project
Berlin Graffiti Project II
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Unofficial East Side Gallery work. Wall remains, Hackescher markt
East Side 2006 addition The Friedrichshain Man
Friedrichshain Man closeup
Che. Unofficial East Side work Mike was here. East Side.
Yonit, Checkpoint Charlie Shooky, Checkpoint Charlie




Berlin Graffiti Project II

24 01 2008

When the communist era was over and the Berlin Wall came down, the graffiti street art was already strongly embeded into Berlin’s culture. Though considered by some as pure vandalism, it continued to flourish and win the youngsters’ penchant.

The monumental East Side Gallery was a way to preserve this special cultural entity, but it didn’t stop people from creating new graffiti, sometimes on the expense of the works made by some of the world’s finest artists, most of which were partly defaced.

Many people come to see the official Gallery; most, don’t even suspect that on the back side of this Berlin Wall remain, there are some stunning works of art. We decided to include a few of them in this project, as well as some photos of “the hand”, and anarchist symbol which can be found all over Berlin, in many strange places. Read the rest of this entry »




Berlin Graffiti Project

19 01 2008

Part 1 of a 3-part project: the best pictures of graffiti and street art in Berlin.

There must be tens of thousands of graffiti and graffiti-like works, scattered all over the city of Berlin. You can find them on walls, buildings, pavements, and ever cars. Some where made by famous artists, like the wonderful East Side Gallery artworks. Other by anonymous artists and anarchists. Read the rest of this entry »




Communist Era commemoration: Checkpoint Charlie

10 10 2007

The communist era is heavily commemorated in Berlin, with memorials, museums, special tours and more, scattered all over the city. We have already mentioned and elaborated about the Berlin Wall, and mentioned the sweet and sour issue of German Unification, but there still remains a lot to be said.
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Is the German Unification a Failure?

4 10 2007

About a fifth of the German people would like to have the Berlin Wall back. 74% of the former residents of East-Germany say they feel like second-class citizens.

The 17th German Unification Day was celebrated all over Germany yesterday, but the above mentioned figures may have clouded the celebration..

The survey, conducted by the German independent opinion research firm Emnid, was commissioned by private broadcaster N24, and published just before the Unification Day.

Behind the headlines, there is actually a sad story. 73% of the westerners believe easterners are not at any disadvantage. 74% of the easterners, though, say they are second-class citizens. And technically they are.

Berlin Wall East side gallery

Unemployment rates in the east are as high as 15 percent, about twice more than in the west. Salaries are 25 percent lower (according to the German Institute for Labour Market and Career Research).
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Berlin Must-Sees: Potsdamer Platz

18 09 2007

Before WW2, Potsdamer Platz was a very busy square, a central transportation hub, with numerous bars, cafés and cinemas. The place was badly damaged in the war, and after the war, it became a junction of the American, British and Soviet sectors, and was cut through by the Berlin Wall. So it became a no man’s land in the middle of the city.

After the Wall came done, the area around Potsdamer Platz became the biggest construction site in Europe. Between the years 1993 and 1998, a completely new quarter was built there, very modern, with high rise buildings and a lot of metallic décor. The square, together with several adjacent blocks, were redeveloped under the supervision of the architects Wilmer and Sattler.

Potsdamer Platz.

The DaimlerChrysler complex.

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The Berlin Wall is Dying

16 09 2007

The East-Side Gallery is the only part of the original Berlin Wall that is still standing, relatively unharmed, with its beautiful historical graffiti on. Located in Friedrichshain, near the Ostbahnhof railway station, it is about 1,300 meters in length (0.8 miles), covered with over 100 paintings, some of which are real masterpieces.

When we went to see it, we were amazed at its poor condition, though. As it happened, except for a partial restoration project in 2000, the leftovers of the Berlin Wall and the East-Side Gallery were seriously neglected. Vandalism and corrosion did the rest. Read the rest of this entry »




Berlin Wall – East-Side Gallery

14 09 2007

The East-Side Gallery was created in 1990, during the first year after Berlin Wall’s collapse. Hundreds of artists from all over the world came to Berlin, and covered some 1300 meters of the remains of November 1989 events, with 106 stunning wall-paintings, most in a graffiti-like style. The paintings are said to reflect the artists’ thoughts and vision about the new era of peace in unified Berlin.
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The Berlin Wall

12 09 2007

The Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer) was a separation barrier between East and West Germany, which divided Berlin for 28 years.

The Wall’s construction begun on August 13 1961 (funny, exactly 10 years before I was born) by the East German communist regime, as an “Anti-Fascist Protective Rampart”, and became an iconic symbol of the cold war.

There was an explicit shoot-to-kill order for attempting to escape to the West by going over the Wall, and some 125 people overall were killed trying.
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