I have always been fascinated with street art. I love how it is so connected to the urban experience, how it can be used to give commentary on society, how it can beautify a neighborhood, and how it is art for the masses. Street art is an important modern form of expression, not to be overlooked or underestimated.
Berlin is packed with street art. Everything from tags, stencils, paper, stickers, and murals, some for the beauty, some for laughs, many for making social and political commentary. They layer on top of one another, creating a rich texture, something greater than the sum of it's parts. There is street art everywhere in Berlin, but the neighborhood of Kreuzberg where I first stayed has a high concentration. I really enjoyed exploring it's streets and taking in the art.
The East Side Gallery, a stretch of still intact Berlin Wall, is the longest open-air gallery in the world. There are over 100 paintings by artists who originally painted them just after the fall of the wall, and they comment on the political climate at the time. There have been additions by others, continuing to connect and comment on current world problems. It's a fascinating piece of history and current culture.
East Side Gallery
Elsewhere in Berlin
kaitlin k walsh
Adventurer armed with a camera.