Berlin is one of my favourite cities, it is full of so much history, culture and art, plus the beer is pretty awesome! I was lucky enough to go out there for work last week and tagged on a couple of extra days to carry on my exploration. Berlin is a city that expresses itself. Its also a city that spent a great deal of time being defined by a wall, which has more recently become a show case for some rather spectacular art in the form of the East Side Gallery. Its using something that defined and divided a city for so long as a social platform that brings people together and teaches but also encourages expression.
Its not only the East Side Gallery that showcases the artistic talents of the city but all surfaces, no matter their height. The sides of apartment buildings are painted to look like gardens, I saw a wall full of sunflowers or naked walls are used for words of expression.
This is a city that just keeps on producing, even outside restaurants art is given centre stage. This piece was on the wall next to a restaurant we wandered by, the bright colours lit up just caught my eye.
Even under foot the city expresses itself through art. This very fancy man hole cover depicts the cities main attractions, such a cleaver idea!
One of my favourite things about Berlin is the Ampelmann – the little green chap with a very cool hat on. He is a remnant of Berlins divided past and has over the last few years got himself a cult status. This photo just reminds me of how popular he has gotten – he has his own shop – the power of an image!
It would be hard to reminisce about the art in Berlin without thinking about all the incredible art it has displayed on Museum Island. This particular image is a snapshot of the Ishtar gate, the gate way to Ancient Babylon. Its one of the most stunning piece of architecture and art.
Not exactly art, but it made me smile – who doesn’t love clever word play.
This wall was awash with art, so much is going on, from the complicated to the simple. This is a perfect example of the chaotic imagery you find around the city.
Perched just above the last image was this chap, is it an elephant, is it a mouse?
The East Side Gallery, the worlds longest open air art gallery.
If you would like to see more examples of Berlins amazing street art, then Time Out has some great images, and this article on Smashing Magazine is a great piece. Alternatively, get yourself booked on a trip to Berlin!