I’m starting a little blog series today.
January is traditionally a very grey and boring time with lots of paper work and not much colour, neither inside our studio nor outside in the streets. Berlin -as any other city- is quite a boring and grey place. Besides streetart, of course.
So digged through my photographs and started extracting colour palettes from each – just for fun.
I will post one random picture every monday from now, just like the one above. Just to add some colour and to bridge boring times, like slow januaries for example..
The weather was unexpectedly nice today; we had sunshine and 11°C (equals 52°F), so no typical winter weather at all.
And after several days of storm and rain definitely good enough to take the dog out for a long walk. (Work? Who, me?)
We live in the city center of Berlin, quite close to a number of rather popular places, one of which is called the East Side Gallery.
Artists from around the world painted their pictures on all in all 1300m of the Berlin wall and turned it into the biggest open air gallery in the world. For more information about the gallery click here, because I’m not taking you to the official paintings now.
I am taking you to the backside of the wall. Whilst the official gallery front is very static and hasn’t changed much through the years, the unofficial backside of the wall is a vibrant playground for all sorts of artists and it changes permanently. We come here quite often because the dog loves to run over the plain gras of the former so called death strip. (Hard to imagine, but until just before 25 years they would have shot us here). And whenever we come the wall has changed. I love that!
So taking pictures of the backside of the wall and places nearby literally means conserving a moment in time, because maybe tomorrow someone has covered those pictures with his definition of art already.
*Die East Side Gallery, für alle, die es nicht wissen, ist eine unter Denkmalschutz stehende Open Air Galerie, die größte weltweit, so sagt man. Auf einer Länge von gut 1300m entlang der ehemaligen Innerstädtischen Grenze steht das längste noch erhaltene Stück Berliner Mauer, und auf der Ostseite eben jener haben sich nach der Wende Künsler mit Ihren Werken zum entsprechenden Mauerfall-Thema verewigt.