Public Art, Berlin
Favorite thing: Molecule man was something I'd really looked forward to seeing in Berlin and I was amazed and thrilled to actually pass it on our way in from the airport. This was a real plus as I didn't know where it was actually situated apart from the fact that it was near Treptow. Sorry that the photo is so bad but it was taken through the window of the bus. if you click though you can see the piece of public art I am talking about. This group of three entwined 'molecule 'men is 100 feet high and weighs several tons. Despite this, its appearance is so light as to be almost transparent and if you're not expecting it's a little like a mirage in the desert. You wonder if you've actually imagined it. After all, three men seemingly standing in the River Spree is not exactly somehing you see every day. Jonathon Borofsky designed this monumnental piece for the Allianz insurance company. It was placed in the river so that boats could pass it on either side. Borofsky has placed his massive outdoor sculptures all over the world but this is not his only involvement with Berlin. He also painted 'Running Man ' on the Berlin Wall, a painting that apparently disappeared with the wall in 1989.
The bears were designed by an artist from each country on the globe. They are to help in some wellfare project.
They are also going on tour in Europe, that must be why we didnt see the Dutch one :(. Some where distinctively from each country, like the US bear was the statue of liberty, some where covered in native decorations, like aztec and african drawings and others where a complete mystery to me.
Berlin is a beautiful city with many great architectures & very fine artworks...
Everywhere you look in Berlin, there would be somthing that could excites you. Well, according to me, I can't talk for other people.
If you are in the right area, you might be thinking that Berlin should be the world capital. It welcomes you with an open arm but depends on how you carry yourself in this city.
Favorite thing: The bear is the symbole of Berlin. Bear is "Bär" in German, and as for pronounciation it could as well be "Bärlin" - maybe that's the reason, I gotta look that up one day... Anyway, you can find a lot of those colorful bear sculptures all over the city - at least when I was there in Septeber 2002. (I don't think they are meant to be permanent.)
Favorite thing: One of the many famous Berlin Bears found throughout the city. Local artists have been commisioned to paint these bears in their own individual style. These Bears are on general sale to the public for around £1000 each.
More of the bears, just one more pic then. Will put the other in a t-logue.
Note the square notes in front of the bears, they state the country they bears are coming from.