Graffiti: Graffiti on the Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall initially constructed in 1961 and dismantled in the weeks following November 9, 1989, was the most prominent part of the GDR border system and was an iconic symbol of the Cold War. It was part of the Iron Curtain.
Little is left of the Wall in Berlin, which was destroyed almost everywhere, except for three locations: an 80 meter (300 ft) section near Potsdamer Platz, a longer section along the Spree River near the Oberbaumbrücke nicknamed East Side Gallery, and a third section in the north at Bernauer Straße, which was turned into a memorial in 1999.
Even the parts that are left standing no longer accurately represent the Wall's original appearance: they are badly damaged (since so many people attempted to pick up "original Berlin Wall" pieces), and today graffiti is prevalent on the eastern side of the Wall, which obviously would not have been possible while the Wall was actually guarded by the armed soldiers of East Germany.
Previously, graffiti was exclusively on the western side. Fragments of the Wall both with and without certificates of authenticity are a staple on the online auction service eBay as well as German souvenir shops and are found on mantlepieces and desktops throughout the world. Even people in the US and China wanted a fragment of this time period.
The Wall Park near Bernauer Strasse is a popular place for relaxation and recreation in the densely populated district Prenzlauer Berg. The former Eastern section of the Berlin Wall has been painted by many unknown graffiti artists.
There was a graffity slogan once on the Wall that even surprised the secretary general of the International Red Cross, and which could bring some light into the future thinking of mankind: "Let's first globalize responsibility!"
|Authorities all over the world hate graffiti with a passion - except, of course, when it was done on the Berlin Wall. Then it becomes something to be carefully cut out, exported, and stood on a plinth for all to admire outside the Imperial War Museum....|
Photos with a striking collection of German teenagers' graffiti art were photographed in January 2001. As graffiti artists embrace anonymity, the identities (including exact ages) of the creators of these images are unknown.
The graffiti art in Burkhardt's photographs appear on the sections of the Wall at the Wall Park at Bernauer Strasse. This is the only part of the Wall that is still painted regularly.