Based in Leeds, but exploring Berlin for the next two months.
Published March 12th 2019
Beautiful, moving, and one of Berlin's best memorials
For the forty years that Germany was divided, the Berlin Wall stood as a symbol of the physical and political divisions between the East and West. Today, remnants of the wall still remain and serve as memorials for a frightening and fractured time. The East Side Gallery is one such memorial and has become the world's longest open-air gallery, featuring graffiti art of all kinds.
Over 100 artists from 21 different countries started working on the wall as soon as it first came down. The artwork is sometimes playful, sometimes thought-provoking, but most follow the theme of freedom or breaking down borders. In the world today, many world leaders seek to put up walls and barriers, and the East Side gallery reminds us why we must fight to break them down.
Take a step behind the wall, and you can still see what would have been the old 'death strip': the no man's land between the East and West sides of the wall. Away from the vibrancy and fun of the graffiti art, the old scars of the wall and its power are still visible.