I thought I’d do a little series on street art, one of my favorite photography subjects. Since Berlin is where I first fell in love with street art, it’s only fitting that I start there.
Berlin, Germany quickly became one of my favorite European cities. I could list features like architecture, museums, parks, and food, but those things could apply to most any city. No, what made Berlin stand out for me was the history. Rome has ancient history, but Berlin has recent, twentieth century history that hasn’t been erased, that still stands in the form of memorials and walls and haunting museums.
What I loved even more was how the artists of Berlin have come together and turned all the strife and turmoil into something beautiful.
These images are from the East Side Gallery, a portion of the Berlin Wall that remains standing, featuring over 100 paintings, murals, song lyrics, poems, signatures, and illustrations of hope and freedom. (Keep in mind, I was in Berlin in 2005, so many of these images will not look the same today, due to vandalism and erosion.)
And some more favorite street art shots, unrelated to the Berlin Wall:
Have you ever been to Berlin? What impressions did you come away with? Is there another city you’ve visited that is steeped in history and art?
I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within. –-Lillian Smith
Funny, because I have a few friends there right now. I’ll have to tell them to check out the street art.
I have never left the US and Canada…
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Yes, let them know if that’s what they’d be into! There’s tons of street art in the U.S., too- I’m doing another post on street art of NYC, and one on San Francisco, too.
Really gorgeous art! Berlin is high on my list of places I would like to visit. Valparaiso, Chile also has some really incredible street art, mostly commissioned by the city (if I remember correctly) to combat the individual graffiti.
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Hey Bev, thanks for this comment! I haven’t been down to South America yet, but I’m putting Chile at the top of the list now 🙂
What a great idea for a post! I love seeing street art and I feel like it’s getting more and more advanced as people start appreciating it more. I was in Berlin 6 years ago, but it was in January, when I had an insane flu, so I couldn’t enjoy it. You’ve given me the idea to put it back on my travel to-do list!
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Thanks! I love that street art is getting more attention and respect in the art community. Hope you get to Berlin again!
Oh I LOVE Berlin! I went to the East Side Gallery back in 2010, and it was just as beautiful. My friends and I had fun posing with all of the art work, (we kissed each other next to “The Kiss”. Silly things we do when we’re kids 🙂
So sad that there is vandalism on this artwork, but I guess, maybe that’s how street art works. Constantly evolving.
Glad to hear this portion of the wall was just as nice when you were there 🙂 Constantly evolving is right- reminds me of a street art/graffiti mecca in Queens, NY that changes so much every time we visit. Amazing.
We have a lot of street art here in Frankfurt too, Germany seems to be pretty good for graffiti!
I am going to Berlin in a couple of months, I can’t wait!
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I’d love to see Frankfurt someday, too! And how exciting that you have a Berlin trip to look forward to!
Wow, what an interesting batch of photos! I can’t imagine what it must be like to see such inspiring artwork while you take a long walk. Thank you for sharing, I love stuff like this.
You’re quite welcome 🙂 I’ll be sharing more from other cities soon so stay tuned 🙂
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