Berlin Wall: Destroying Art

When the Berlin Wall fell 1989, it became a symbol for liberty, and that it is possible to join East and West without any blood shed, ignoring the “Iron Curtain“, ignoring all the military, waiting brainless to act. A peaceful revolution. In a happiness state of mind artists from all over the world made the Berlin Wall colorful. I often shot photos there (watch below). But actually they are destroying the so called “East Side Gallery“, because some architects need space for some tall hotels etc. – the usual: police comes to block political protesters.
Escape, 1989/Nov/9
2Berlin-Wall-destroyed3gallery passing
4East Side Gallery with traffic 45Berlin Wall Gallery with traffic 3
falling wall "DOMINO" party
6 photos above all shot by frizztext, click on the pictures to enter the galleries on Flickr.com
related:
www.telegraph.co.uk: Berlin Wall protesters halt construction crew at East Side Gallery
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http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/03/can-longest-remaining-stretch-berlin-wall-be-saved-threat-condos/4848/
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www.spiegel.de: protesters halt dismantling of berlin wall for luxury condos
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photo-gallery: preserving the berlin wall

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writer, photographer, guitarist

28 responses to “Berlin Wall: Destroying Art

  1. Keep the wall keep the wall keep the wall

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  2. Good thing you photographed them before they are destroyed. Sounds like Big Hotels always win. ;-(
    Thanks for your good comments on the blog yesterday.
    Best,
    Ruth in Pittsburgh

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  3. These are fantastic! I love wall art. I was in Berlin right after the wall fell but haven’t been back since. My parents have been recently and said it is amazing. I will have to make it back!

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  4. Thank you for this I had forgotten about the wall art. I would love to see it someday if any of it is left

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  5. Pat

    Very interesting post with great photos. Thanks, Frizz

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  6. Just what the world needs. Another hotel. Fortunate that you have the photos, but still 😦

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  7. The wall was such an unfortunate period in history. It’s interesting to see how the people on Western side reacted to it by decorating it. There is also an article in today’s Wall Street Journal as well.

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  8. Gorgeous images. It’s a shame to see them destroyed 😦

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  9. Too bad…it IS fortunate you have the photos…progress is not always progress…

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  10. That is a tragedy. But when has history and the arts stopped big business?

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  11. My part, a collage with the berlin wall and visitors
    You could say
    Art in art

    berlin_1961-2011

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  12. Anonymous

    Very interesting blog, Frizz. These murals are on the eastern side of the wall?

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  13. Interesting blog, frizz. These murals are on the eastern side of the wall?

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    • no, on the Western; if you tried to paint on the Eastern side maybe you were shot in your backside …

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      • That’s what I thought. They have a piece of the wall in front of an office building here in L.A. on Wilshire Blvd. It shows cheery murals of Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy. However, the back side (which most people don’t see or bother to walk around to see) was the eastern side and it was one of most depressing things to look at: some scrawled graffiti and a lot of bullet holes in the concrete. They’ve since painted over that back wall.

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  14. Well, at least you have the photos to remember what the wall looked like if the hotels win out.

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    • now the luxury architecture planner is hesitating – and the mayor of Berlin, Wowereit, talked one should search for another solution – well he talked much about opening a new airport – still under construction for years …

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  15. Nice post FT, what a bummer they are tearing down the art 😦

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  17. armidat rentino

    Berlin Wall is the major attraction of tourist visiting Berlin.Plz do not destroy the wall.It was only place showing different colors of the city.

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    • compare cleaning NYC:
      5 Pointz
      photo by Duncan
      comment there:
      “To me this is just a deliberately provocative act against a community. If this was done to any other minority group it would be deemed as a hate crime…” (by Graffiti Junkie)

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