Berlin is a true street art walhalla for aficionados like myself. While I was wandering around the city, especially in the East, I felt like I was back in my beloved East London. Not only because of its industrial looks, but mostly because of its amazing collection of fantastic street artworks. Here are a few snaps of the fantastic street art I photographed during my stay in Berlin.
The cosmonaut you see at the top of this post is made by Danish artist Victor Ash. It was the first ever work I had seen by him, but I was truly impressed. Ash’s Cosmonaut was created in 2007 and is supposed to be the largest stencil drawing in the world. The mural has also become an iconic piece in the streets of Berlin.
This Belgian artist is one of my favourite street artists. Whenever I discover a work by him abroad I get geekishly excited. ROA’s works are typically large-scale black and white drawings of (dead) animals. Besides ROA’s mural on the left you can also see work by One truth, 1Up and Berlinkidz on this wall.
Location: Oranienstrasse/Skalitzer Strasse
Dscreet & Stik
I became almost frantic when I spotted this shop. Not because of what they were selling, but for the art around the shop window. I’m a huge fan of the London-based artist Stik. He manages to convey so much meaning and emotions in his – at first glance – basic stick figures. You can find his works all over the world, but especially around East London where he lives.
I was pleased to find works by another East London street artist in Berlin. You can see Dscreet’s cute signature owls painted on the sides of the wall. It actually turned out that a group of London-based artists had come to Berlin a few months prior to my visit. (They even stayed in the same hotel as I was in!) Underneath the shop window you see work by Endless.
Location: Falckensteinstrasse 46
Every inch of the walls of this huge former industrial site is covered in extraordinary graffiti and street art. Here I found more works by Dscreet, but also by other London-based artists such as Jimmy C, Christiaan Nagel and Zabou. I was especially impressed with the giant toucan created from local trash and found materials by Portugese artist Bordalo II.
Location: Revalerstrasse 99 (the majority of photos in the collage are taken there, but not all)
Finding this huge mural by legendary Brazilian combo consisting of identical twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo felt almost like finding a dodo. I am mostly familiar with their curious yellow figures from pictures in books or websites. I don’t know that many places in Europe where you can see their work ‘in the wild’.
Location: Schlesisches Tor/Oppelner Strasse
Alice is one of the most respected stencil artists around. That’s why I was very excited to see such a large mural by her. I read that it took her seven days of non-stop painting to create these six female portraits!
Location: Warschauerstrasse opposite of Oberbaum Brücke
(Tip: walk on the left on Warschauerstrasse and walk in the direction of Warschauerstrasse station. You will spot the mural on the corner of the street.)
Located right next to the beautiful Oberbaumbrücke you find this rather disconcerting mural called Pink Man by Italian artist Blu. This giant figure is actually made up from dozens of naked human bodies. If you look closely you can see the despair and fear on their faces whilst clinging onto the giant figure.
Finally a collage of photos I took outside of the cinema Initimes Kino. I was pointed in this direction by German London-based artist Mr Fahrenheit. I had interviewed him before for my Dutch Girl in London website. That was quite a big deal as he hardly gives interviews. (Curious to read the interview now? You can find it here.)
As you can see there’s a multitude of artist works here. It’s rather impossible for me to find out who all the artists are. In the bottom photo on the left are a couple of works by Fahrenheit and also Chinagirl Tile. And next to that you can see a big stencil work by Mr Farhenheit painted on the shutter of Ponyclub Berlin.
Locations: Intimes Kino (Boxhagener Strasse 107) // Ponyclub Berlin (Kopernikusstrasse 13)
If you’re interested in street art and graffiti and visiting East Berlin, then head over to Eastside Gallery. This is the world’s largest outdoor art gallery. What makes it even more special is that the works are painted on a large remainder of the Berlin Wall. I didn’t include this space in this article because, in all honesty, I wasn’t too impressed with the works. They were all new and seemed to be commissioned. Nonetheless, it’s a historic sight and I urge you to see it for yourself. Perhaps I’m being just too picky!
Want more information on the Eastside Gallery, Raw Gelände and East Berlin? Then read my article From the Berlin Wall to Hedonistic Nightlife: Tips for East Berlin.
Let me know if you’ve also found beautiful street artworks in Berlin!
Viel spass! Zarina xx