The East Side Gallery – Berlin’s Cold War Canvas

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8 Responses

  1. Indeed the irony – and on so many levels. It’s fascinating to see the wall evolving continuously and as a public place for political expression.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      You’re spot on about the multiple layers of meaning there…you can feel them even if you can’t always identify them. 🙂

  2. Lucy says:

    Really enjoyed wandering along the East Side Gallery when I was in Berlin a couple of years ago – it’ll be interesting to see what happens to it going forward. I can see the need to keep developing the city but not to lose sight of such an important part of the past too.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      I’m envious – I only managed a few minutes as we were en route elsewhere, but even then I got a real sense of the emotions evoked by the wall and its eventual tearing down.

  3. Fascinating blog post, Sara. Let’s hope no more of the wall is lost to the developers. It’s an important reminder of the past and a symbol of hope for the future.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thanks, Kathryn – yes, it’s a potent structure on so many levels, let’s hope they find a good compromise.

  4. Anna Parker says:

    The wall sends a shiver down my spine too, it really wasn’t that long ago. You’re right, the fact that the council now need to stop people vandalising something that so many people wanted to pull down is certainly ironic

    • Sara Dobak says:

      It’s a very thought-provoking experience…just gazing at those artworks feels as if you’re travelling through the decades, a bit like that scene from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine! It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next few years…

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