6 of the best murals and street art in Berlin

During a trip to the german capital in September 2015, I strolled up and down the city, looking for the best murals. As a photographer, street art is one of my favourite subjects.

Astonishingly, the beautiful murals of the East Side Gallery had been vandalised. As a result, after the shooting I begun an hours-long operation on Photoshop to restore them to their original state. I only left the bits of writing which I thought were in harmony with the murals, many of which I think dated back to the same time when the murals were drawn.

I read somewhere that they have been restored and protected with iron gratings, which saves them from further acts of vandalism but also makes it difficult to take photos of them.

1. East Side Gallery Berlin – 1989

2. East Side Gallery Berlin – Bruderkiss

The socialist fraternal kiss between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker

3. Leviathan

Found in Oberbaumstraße, it is the work of an artist known by the name of Blu.

4. Wall

Also attributed to Blu. It’s in Köpenicker Straße, in a supermarket’s parking lot.

5. Astronaut/Cosmonaut

By Victor Ash, drawn on the side of a building at the corner of Skalitzer Straße and Mariannen Strasse. At the time, a peculiar interplay of light and shades from the street lights and the flags outside a nearby car dealer made it look like the astronaut was holding a pole with a flag on top. Recent road works have caused the disappearance of this effect.

6. Mural at Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

An interesting courtyard full of street art can be found by looking up Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt on Google Maps. You can access it from Rosenthaler Straße 38-39.


Photo by Marco Crupi

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