The East Side Gallery is an open-air art gallery painted on a 1.3 kilometer remaining piece of the Berlin Wall. Over 100 works were painted along the wall in 1990. Sadly, many of those were damaged due to graffiti or fading and several attempts at restoration were made. Though it was a struggle, in 2009, the entire gallery was restored to prepare for the 20th anniversary. Previous attempts at restoration were fought by some of the artists over copyright issues; some did not want their works restored. It is interesting to search for some older photographs of the wall and to see what poor condition it was in at one time (for example).
Walking along the wall is obviously a free activity in Berlin and one I highly recommend. There is such a range of works and it’s interesting to see how each artist approached this very point in history: some were hopeful and looked toward a peaceful future while others pointed out the atrocities. It was a good mix of looking to the future while not forgetting the past. I visited the wall just before my trip to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. These two visits combined made for a very long day.
I think he looks like Elvis
I love these guys.
Another one of my favorites with its ghostly quality.
Have you been to the East Side Gallery? And did you go before the restoration?