Austronaut / Cosmonaut by Victor Ash


Astronaut / Cosmonaut by Victor Ash

One of the murals I was determined to see while in Berlin was this of the astronaut painted by Portugese born, Danish based artist – Victor Ash ( www.victorash.net/ ). I took several shots of the work which is about four-five stories tall. This was my favourite however as it shows the size of the work in relation to the building it is on, and the park in front of it.

http://flic.kr/p/nrMo1j

Rundblickbeobachtungsturm


Rundblickbeobachtungsturm

Down a side street off the busy commercial hub of Potsdamer Platz is this relic of the Berlin Wall and the Cold War,an East German watchtower. The “panorama observation tower” originally stood between the Brandenburg Gate and Leipziger Platz and served as a base for border guards. Construction of these crenelated type BT 6 watchtowers began in 1966 and there were at one time 200 of them.

http://flic.kr/p/na1mVL

Neue Wache


Neue Wache

Originally a guardhouse in the 1800s, Neue Wache ( or New Guardhouse ) has been a war memorial since the 1930s.

It is really just a single room, containing a single sculpture, an enlarged version of K├Ąthe Kollwitz’s Mother with her Dead Son. The sculpture is directly under the oculus ( a round, eye-like opening in the roof ), and so is exposed to the rain, snow and cold of the Berlin climate, symbolising the suffering of civilians during World War II.?

http://flic.kr/p/ntfSgM