Public Art, Berlin
American Jonathan Borofsky's 100ft aluminium creation in Berlin near the middle of the River Spree.
In fact it consists of 3 Molecule Men (bad pic. sorry it only shows 2) coming together in the middle.
Completed in 1997 for the new Allianz Corporation headquarters in Berlin.
Have a look at the website link below if you want to see more of his stuff. I love it.
This is probably quite attractive in the summertime, when the grass is green, the sky is blue, and the basin is full of water, which is how it was originally designed to be. Or maybe not.
Certainly in wintertime, Invalidenpark is quite bleak. Somewhat interesting, though, because it was designed by a prominent contemporary landscape designer, Christophe Girot.
This is the site of an 18th century "hospital" for wounded veterans, the "Invalidenhaus." It was this house which gave its name to "Invalidenstrasse," one of modern Berlin's major thoroughfares.
Atreet Art is very popular in Berlin. On my way to Alexanderplatz by train from the airport, I remember seeing a bizzare looking statue of two figures. In the Kulturforum there were these red and blue figures - not sure what they signify. Is it the amalgamation of East & West?
I liked bumping into exhibitions in the middle of somewhere. I don't know if this was accidental or not & I'm still not sure! ;) Potsdamer Platz was filled with big posters with the craziest haircuts & then I saw these dolls...! Wherever you come, you can get surprised - nicely, of course! :)
The statues of the socialists Marx & Engels are examples of the many remaining symbols of East Berlin and are among the most photographed statues in the city,
The statues are in the centre of a large square called Marx-Engels Forum, which is between Alexanderplatz and the river Spree.
Their expressions are rather solemn, perhaps understandably, as they gaze in the direction of Alexanderplatz and the former East Berlin.
I have to list this twice. It's such an unusual place. It's a hotel OR It's also an art exhibit.
You have to check out the rooms online. There are 30 rooms all completely different. All created by the German artist Lars Stroschen. The rooms vary from unusual to really bizarre. It depends on your taste and your sense of adventure. The room with the voyeur window is not for everyone. Nor is the coffin room.
We stayed in the Space-Cube room. It had a blue translucent wall for the bathroom, and black rubber shower curtain. Our bed had a crank next to it to lower an illuminated light panel that would separate the bed down the middle...incase you got tired of your travelling companion. You also have the option of listening to "the artists" music in your rooms.
In the morning after checkout you can get a tour of the rooms. The temple room looked the most comfortable. Propeller Island could be a really fun place to stay with kids. So many buttons and things to push in different rooms. Really interactive experience. The dining area was a jungle theme with the sound of birds and rain.
Propeller Island City Lodge Albrecht Achilles Str. 58 10709 Berlin
I'm not sure what this is, but it as around the corner from the flat I stayed in. I have a feeling it has something to do with the wall, but couldn't find any kind of plaque or anything to explain what it was.
This fountain full of nude statues stood at Wittenbergplatz oposite to famous KaDeWe department store. Walking father east to Nollendorfplatz I can say that this fountain stood at the end of upclass Berlin. It didn't operate in February and looked somewhat sad, partly covered by not fresh snow.
This neglected (yet) stone sculpture on my picture stood at the edge of Tiergarten Park, close to Reichstag, Branderburg gate and 18 March Square (Platz des 18 März). It depected a nude man body and looked somewhat out of the place close to new and modern governmental buildings.
This monument (of Admirality or so, I suppose) on my picture stood on the crossroads of Admiralstraße and Kohlfurter Straße. Its cement, sand-glass in shape, base was covered by "unfriendly" graffiti.
It was NOT my favourite part of Berlin and Kreuzberg. There were numerous ugly buildings around - blocks (built probably in 70' of 20th century) which formed anonymous concrete jungle.
This large modern open-air sculpture was a fountain in real although not operating when I was there in February. It stood in front of Europa Center shoping mall opposite to Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (Emperor William Memorial Church).
Breitscheidplatz is a square north of the main shopping Boulevard of former West Berlin - Kurfürstendamm.
U-Bahn: Zoologischer Garten (U12, U2, U9) or Kurfürstendamm (U9, U15)
S-bahn: Zoologischer Garten (S3, S5, S7, S75)
Bus: 100, 109, 119, 129, 200.
I was told that this modern, huge sculpture on my picture was a symbol of main shopping street of former West Berlin - Kurfürstendamm (Ku-Damm). But in real it stands in the middle of Tauentzienstraße (before Nürnbergerstraße, district Schöneberg) which is extension of Ku-Damm.
It was quite popular place for taking pictures. Before I took this picture I saw two young couples posing there.
This strange stone sculpture was put on the square located by the Neue Nationalgalerie (New Gallery) where I was watching world famous paintings from collection of MoMA (Mueum of Modern Art New York). The sculpture maybe used as a bench but rather not in February.
One of the most fascinating things in Berlins is the co-existence of old and new, modern architecture, both small and large pieces of art.
Just one more example on my picture. Look at this modern sculpture put by New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie) and neo-Romanesque Saint Mathew Church (1844 - 1846; renovated recently) in the background. I have no idea who created this sculpture. E-mail me please if you know.
Bears, the Berlin symbol. Now I know why some friends asked me to look for some German bears when I am in Berlin. I saw them everywhere ! Almost.
There are all kinds of colours & posings of these bears. They were at odd places where sometimes you wouldn't expect to see them. It looks fun that way.
The creators or the designers of these bears are written down on EACH one of them. If you have so much times to lose, play a game ! Like, look for a bear designed by such & such. Ain't that fun ? Well, not to me really but maybe to some kids visiting Berlin. Better than doing drugs there !