New and Newer

There is a painted portion of the Berlin Wall for all to enjoy, alongside the River Spree in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area of Berlin.

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The body responsible for this is the East Side Gallery, founded following the successful merger of the two German artists’ associations VBK and BBK, from east and west.  It consists of over 100 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990 on the east side of the Berlin Wall. Due to vandalism and tagging by visitors, the wall underwent major renovation in 2009.  But the mistreatment of the wall continued and further renovation work was announced in late 2015.  My visit in May 2017 demonstrated that much of this work had been carried out, and the clean works are now protected behind a wire fence.

You can see an example of just one of the murals below (one that hadn’t been all that seriously damaged in fact), showing the difference in cleanliness between my 2 recent visits to Berlin, which took place 2 years apart.

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East Side Gallery,  Berlin,  31 May 2015
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East Side Gallery,  Berlin,  31 May 2017

Such a shame that this expensive renovation work was caused by thoughtless visitors, and that as a result our enjoyment is limited by a fence.  I only managed to capture a full image without grid lines because I had my fisheye/wide angle lens with me.

For more views of this section of wall back in 2015, click here

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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 1 June 2017

Posted as part of Past meets present

7 thoughts on “New and Newer

  1. Yey it is a #PastMeetsPresent 🙂
    And what an amazing mural, but such a shame as you say that a fence is now up 😦 your camera though has captured amazing shot with that clever lens

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  2. Well done, Debs! I had to do some clever large aperture work at the Le Mans Classic some years ago, as we were behind a ghastly wire fence with small squares of wire…not perfect, but it mostly worked…

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