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Again, I realise it’s not Friday. I wrote this post yesterday, but was unable to post it because my iPad kept coming up with an SSL error. I still haven’t resolved it, but tried a test post on my iPhone, and this seemed to work. So here I am re-writing the entire post. Argh! Any suggestions on how to fix the problem on my iPad would be much appreciated! Anyway, the East Side Gallery is the longest fragment of the Berlin Wall left standing, stretching 1.3km along the Spree River. Although it’s somewhat of a hike east (who’d a thunk?) away from the main tourist sights of central Berlin, it’s well worth the effort to go there and take a look. Not least at the wall itself, but also the surroundings. There’s a stark contrast from the grandeur, often light facades and modern structures in the west, compared to the bleak, utilitarian and mostly darkly coloured buildings in the east, and this is somewhat of an eye opener.
The East Side Gallery is clearly the main drawcard, however. In 1990, no less than 118 artists around the world converged to paint murals onto the grey concrete remnant of the Berlin Wall. The images range from cute to whimsical, macabre and downright bizarre, with themes including sociopolitical statements and just plain old fun. The result is one long unique colourful open air art gallery that’s free for all to enjoy. What a shame about the vandals who feel a selfish need to ruin these works of art! Although many of the murals were restored by their original artists in 2009, by the time of my visit in December 2014, almost all of them had again been destroyed by black hearted and mean spirited graffiti vandals. If you’re someone who indulges in a similar pastime, then just let me say this now – shame on you!
I struggled to find portions of the wall that remained relatively preserved to photograph, and here I am stepping off my soap box now to share 5 of these images with you.
Take the S5, S7 or S75 eastwards to Warschauer Strasse station. When you get off the train, you’ll walk across an overhead pass lined by falafel stalls. Turn left past the stalls towards the river. You’ll see Oberbaumbrucke straight ahead to your left and the start of the East Side Gallery to your right.
If you’ve seen the East Side Gallery, please feel free to share images of your favourite murals, either in the comments section below or by linking to this post. More importantly, do let me know if you can help me resolve my SSL error, thanks!
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