Make love not war

I was looking for a large hourglass mural by the artist Blu, however I suspect it has since been replaced by these two (the hourglass seems to have been where the male figure is ) “Make Love not War” above the Mag­net club at Oberbaum­brücke, is part of the AXE campaign ( http://bit.ly/1i50C16 ) which encourages people to stay in bed on May the 4th to promote world peace. ( I kid you not. http://bit.ly/1i50EGm ) Because of the proximity to the rail line it is a prime spot for street advertising.

http://flic.kr/p/ntFZKL

Boy sitting by Alias

Alias is a street artist who moved from Hamburg to berlin where he has achieved quite a reputation for his stencil work. In particular he places his work with relevance, in this case the boy sitting appears behind bars. I have another photo where the same boy seems to be waiting in a doorway ( http://bit.ly/1i4zNFX )

http://flic.kr/p/nbiHtg

Cultural ignorance

My search for significant street art in Berlin took me to Cuvrystrasse in Kreuzberg. I was looking for a two part mural by the Italian artist Blu. One depicting an unmasking my two figures making East and West signs with their hands, the other a business man adjusting his tie with a gold chain between two rolex watches

Having seen a number of photos of the artwork I was surprised to see what I expected was an open area, to be surrounded by a set of fences, and the site full of shacks built from assortments of building materials, plastic tarps and the like.

Initially I was just going to take a couple of photos from outside and leave, however I started talking to one of the occupants who I understood came from Bulgaria. “Talk” may be an exaggeration as we had no language in common. I explained what I was doing and he offered to take me through the camp to the walls – I explained I would not take any photos of the camp or occupants.

Within the camp there were braziers cooking lunch and quite a few kids who ran to the walls with me. I took my photos, thanked the man who showed me the way with a tip, and left

Since then I’ve been reading a lot about Kreuzberg and Cuvrystrasse, trying to become more knowledgeable about its place in Berlin culture. Some of it is about freedom and the community response to gentrification. Some is about protest and violence, some about celebration.

http://flic.kr/p/nsmBJA

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