This is a selection of Berlin street art that’s not on the wall. Berlin Wall art is coming up. In fact the first piece below is actualy on a segment of the wall that was hauled off and dropped off not far from checkpoint Charlie.
Yet there is so much art on spread all over the city and not just what once severed it into parts. And below are a few of my favorite pieces.
The cool part of town, near what was the border between BRD and DDR, the two countries of Germany when I lived there from ’69-’71. Now it shares itself between tourist attractions and artists, which seems to be an impossible mix, but it somehow works more smoothly than NATO and Warsaw Pact.
Near Checkpoint Charlie
This is the heavily touristed area. Lots of attractions, but still some art growing in the wild. Well, sort of. It’s been approved and moved here, but not a huge advertisement dressed up as art.
in Kreutzberg proper
Stepping away from the heavily touristed area of Kreutzberg, we start leaning edgy, artsy, not for the suburban crowd arts. Like this melon-breasted boy in a bikini showing off his hairy nuts. The artist “Bo” gives you a hairy moon above, along with a sticker for “the New World Order” and a couple of pasted works telling us that “the Moon Landing can be fiction” and “icons seriously harm you and others around you.” [Grammer fixed up a touch.] We’re no longer in the sanitized part of Berlin.
A small neighborhood in a corner of Kreutzberg, next to the Spree river.
A music space, around which street art feels quite natural
Across the Spree river from Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in what’s the center of the reunited Berlin.
“Mit Weisen Steine schleppen nützt dir mehr, als mit Bösewichten Dattelpudding essen.” [“Hauling stones with the wise does more good than eating date pudding with villains”] *Malik ibn Dinar –
Yet, the knitting boy here is neither schlepping stones nor eating date pudding. Not sure what statement he’s trying to make, exactly. The goat is looking slyly at him, so perhaps that’s a hint? Near the (now closed) b-flat jazz club.
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