herzverstreut_bu: (Misc - hedwig - the new berlin wall)
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Along the Spree in Friedrichshain district a stretch of the Berlin Wall, the so-called East Side Gallery was preserved and painted by artists as a memorial. Over the years, the painting have cracked and faded, and tourists and Berliners alike have added their own little graffiti - quotes, names, greetings, the usual. I love the way that those inscriptions have made it a bit of a memorial to the many different people in this city as well, and when I heard that the city was planning on restoring the original paintings, I kept meaning to go to the Gallery and take some pictures of my favourite graffiti, before they were removed. Last night I had an hour to kill in the area before meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] paraka*, so I went down there. Sadly, half of the wall has already been cleaned, but I want to share some of what could be found on there. Image-heavy!

Just for reference, this is what it used to look like at the Gallery:

And this is what half of it looks like right now. I'm not even going to go into the whole thing about building the O2 World and cleaning up the banks of the Spree, because it makes me angry and it's mostly local politics anyway.

Now for the graffiti. Some want to solve the questions of life -

Others want to remember -

There are greetings to friends and families -

(This is a message for Mothers Day.)

While others are lonely -

Or happy with themselves -

And yet others are just completely random -

(Translation: "the fictional detonation of the Hamburger Bahnhof (or the Hamburg train station, depending on whether they mean a local museum or the actual station)"

There are lots of traced handprints; here are two of my favourites:

And inscriptions in all possible languages. Here is just one to represent all of them:

Also, more Beatles quotes than you can shake a stick at. Possibly my favourite:

One last impression -

In conclusion:

*Meeting [livejournal.com profile] paraka is a whole different story, because she's one of my oldest LJ friends and getting to meet her was awesome. ♥

Date: 2009-04-02 09:22 pm (UTC)
morningfine: (stock - semicharmed)
From: [personal profile] morningfine
"be the small bookcase" is my favorite bit of the gallery. All time favorite. WHAT. :D The restoration kind of upsets me, you know? The original paintings are beautiful and important and blah blah but I love the layers of graffiti and scribblings of so-and-so was here. Uh, your city, let me show you my opinions of it?

I love that first photo. And the last. God, I want to be there. I WANT THIS A LOT. ♥

Date: 2009-04-03 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterheart.livejournal.com
The original paintings are beautiful and important and blah blah but I love the layers of graffiti and scribblings of so-and-so was here.
Yeah, I totally agree. Of course, the new paintings will probably be written over again soon (as far as I know, they repainted it once before, in 2000), but a lot will still be lost. I'm seriously sad I didn't get there before they started on the middle part.

I wish you could be. :(

Date: 2009-04-02 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shape5.livejournal.com
I think it's very sad they're tearing it down. A little funny considering I listened to the Hedwig soundtrack today on repeat, especially Tear Me Down.

Date: 2009-04-03 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterheart.livejournal.com
Oh, they're not tearing it down! Just scraping off the old paint and restoring the original murals. But all those touristy inscriptions will be lost (and replaced with new ones soon enough, probably).

Date: 2009-04-02 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirror-mirror.livejournal.com
This post made me very emotional, for some reason. ♥

Date: 2009-04-03 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterheart.livejournal.com
It's even worse standing before it. Kind of like Postsecret in concrete.

Date: 2009-04-03 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thefabone.livejournal.com
I totally have this Jewel-song now stuck in my head.

Pretty post.

And hey, see it this way: As soon as everything's restored, the next generation - including me - can scribble on it. It's like changing history, every twenty years.

Date: 2009-04-03 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterheart.livejournal.com
I don't even know the song, thank god. :))

And yeah, I'm sure there's going to be new ones soon. I'm just not a fan of revising history in general. The next generation could scribble over what is already there!


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