The mural, entitled Cycle of Life, depicts a man and a woman, who holds a baby in her arms, standing on rubble and staring up at the sky. Around them plants grow, turning to flames as they near the roof of the block of flats on which they are painted.
As Magee told Urban Nation:
The mural is based on a children’s book, ‘A Child’s Garden’ by Michael Foreman. My work is about the human spirit, its resilience and the ability to start again after the destruction. This fits well to Berlin, a city that today is rebuilt after its destruction during the war and currently one of the most creative cities in the world.
With its huge dimensions, 42 by 15 metres, the artwork in Tegel-Süd exudes enormous amounts of energy and charisma. We have already received a large number of positive responses from the neighbourhood. I can tell you that much already. It won’t be the last mural to go up in Tegel-Süd.
– Yasha Young, Director of Urban Nation
If you would like to see the Cycle of Life mural by Fintan Magee in person you will find it at Neheimer Str. 2 in Berlin Reinickendorf and if you want to see more from Fintan Magee, have a look at his website and Facebook page.