What an adventure I've been on! I left for Germany on November 21 and haven't looked back since! I stayed with my sweet sweet friend Nat and her equally sweet husband, Jim.
Nat was an amazing tour guide and showed me so much truly spectacular street art in Hamburg and Berlin. And I have pictures galore, but my very favorite site we visited was the East Side Gallery in Berlin. It's a chunk of the Berlin Wall that has been painted by many artists as a memorial to freedom. The official website says that it is the largest open air gallery in the world.
Here is a peek at some of my favorite bits (this is but a small sampling of the hundreds and hundreds of photos I took):
I took a bunch of pictures of the paint textures as we went along. The wall is large (I'm guessing about 10-12 feet high) so it was wonderful to see the art up close and then watch the images trasform as you got further away.
Nat translated the German for me and said that this piece (above) was an experiment. They tried to throw open buckets of paint over the wall (to convey just how tall it is) and this art is the result.
I didn't understand the significance of the bananas. Nat told me that when the wall first came down the East Germans went crazy for bananas, which they previously hadn't had access to.
The back of the wall has grafitti that Nat told me is closer to the kind of thing you might have seen on the Berlin Wall back when it divided East and West Germany.
We spent a very happy, very cold, several hours enjoying the art and discussing the meaning behind many of the pieces. If you're ever in Berlin, I strongly recommend a visit. It was a wonderful thing to see!
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