You will find quite a few murals in Berlin – some tell a story, others add color and aesthetics to the area and other simply reflect an amazing art installation.
The Berlin street art scene is usually related to 1961, when the USSR erected the Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Germany for years. The symbolic significance of the wall, as a divisive and separating factor, led the city’s resident to express their opinions and frustrations on the city’s walls.
During the Cold War, the western side of the Berlin Wall was completely covered with murals, unlike the eastern side, which remained bare, as Eastern Berliners were not allowed close enough to paint. After the Wall fell in 1989, dozens of creations appeared on the eastern side as well. The different content on both sides of the Wall enabled the viewers to comprehend the historical and political changes in Europe by comparing the various themes described on both sides of the Wall.
Today, Berlin’s streets boast some of the world’s best and most famous street art creations. Street and graffiti artists from around the world utilize the city’s architecture, making it their own personal canvas and creating a unique and colorful landscape.