September 2015 - Berlin Germany
We just returned from Berlin, a city I loved. These are a few of the murals at the East Wall Gallery.
The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It is a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The actual border at this point was the river Spree. The gallery is located on the so-called "hinterland mauer", which closed the border to West Berlin.
Our first glimpse as we approach.
After the Wall came down in 1989, hundreds of artists from all over the world gathered and transformed the eastside of the Wall that had been untouchable up to now, with their paintings, giving the Wall a new face in a new time.
This new face is the East Side Gallery. The paintings at the East Side Gallery document that time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better and different future that characterized the time of when the Wall came down. The project developed to an enormous picture wall with its over 100 paintings, that unfortunately now, years later, is in such a bad condition that you can hardly see the old paintings and the colorful strength they expressed.