When I first visited Teufelsberg in August 2010 there was plenty of graffiti about and the odd bit of Street Art but thanks to the aborted Berlin Artbase 2012 event the former NSA Listening Station is a veritable Street Art Gallery.
The climb up the Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain) in the Grunewald is worth it for the views and the opportunity to walk around the former NSA facility alone (find out more about my latest visit here) but the quality of the Street Art is an added bonus.
PAOD may be familiar to Berlin Street Art fans for the piece painted with Hannes Höhlig on Utrechter Strasse for Wedding Walls.
SAM Crew is a Berlin Street Art collective comprising John Reaktor, Hazard Hope, Duke Cuke, Billo and Fogeljunge.
SAM Crew featured in my post re:MMX – Art Exhibition in Berlin.
JBAK is a collaboration between James Bullough and Addison Karl. Like SAM Crew, their work featured in my re:MMX – Art Exhibition in Berlin post.
Mein Lieber Prost
It is difficult to do justice to this huge mural by ALANIZ that covers the whole of one wall of the main building.
There were a number of pieces by ALIAS and as I have seen before with his work on the streets of Berlin some had been attacked. The features of his ‘Body Body Head’ paste up had been painted out and the scrawl across this ‘Headless’ piece suggests animosity that the spot had been reserved for ALIAS.
Thanks to James of JBAK for commenting to let me know that this piece is by KEN (aka Plotterroboter or Plotbot). Ironically, there were other pieces by KEN at Teufelsberg that I had kept back for a post just about his art.
KEN’s art was the highlight of the Stattmarkt Christmas Art Market at Stattbad Wedding for me and also featured in my post about the abandoned laundry and dyeing factory of Rewatex.
Thanks to Ambush for getting in touch to let me know that this Bending Berlin Baby piece based on the character Bender from Futurama is his work. You can see more of what he’s up to on his website.
If anyone knows the artists for any of these pieces please let me know in the comments so that I can give the proper credit.
It’s time for another instalment of some of the best Street Art Berlin has to offer and I think I’ve managed to find some gems over the last few weeks – I hope you agree.
Where a Street Artist has featured on andBerlin before I’ve linked to those posts, just click on the artist’s name.
Prostie is a permanent fixture on Berlin’s streets, smiling from walls, doors and street furniture. On this building by the Landwehr Kanal Prostie is playing dress up – first he’s Picasso then he’s a magician.
Whether it’s Little Lucy’s attempts to kill Kitti or his Citizen series, I’m always to delighted to come across a new El Bocho on the streets of Berlin.
Lake was one of the artists exhibiting at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin so I was delighted to come across this street piece when I was wandering around Schöneweide a couple of weeks ago.
Colombian artist Stinkfish was in Berlin last year and left a few of his distinctive portraits, including this one at Urban Spree. I also saw one of his pieces in an abandoned military base last week, which will feature in a future post.
I was back at the RAW Tempel last week so I took the opportunity to snap this MTO portrait of Michael Jackson. I’m really annoyed that I can’t find the photos I took of this piece before the spliff was added.
NETHER made an appearance in Berlin Street Art Vol 6 – Various Artists and is back here again with a great piece on a Crépes van.
If anyone knows anything about the artists for these last two pieces please leave the details in the comments so that I can give the proper credit.
The new year started with a bang – well, lots of them actually. I spent my first Silvester (New Year’s Eve) in Berlin and went to watch the fireworks at Brandenburger Tor from a side street near Potsdamer Platz. Here’s a short video:
For anyone who hasn’t experienced it, Silvester in Berlin is mental, with people launching rockets from their hands and throwing bangers at the feet of other revellers. For a bit of an insight into just how ridiculous it can be, check out this video shot in Neukölln that night:
January is the month I finally succumbed to the lure of instagram and also discovered the joys of another great new app – Untapp’d – thanks to Gilly. This is foursquare for boozing - check in your beers.
After Christmas in Cardiff and some time settling back in to my Berlin routine I was getting Currywurst withdrawal symptoms so I headed to my favourite Berlin Imbiss – zur Bratpfanne. Even standing around in freezing temperatures this is one hell of a lunch.
Popping into the Hof at Haus Schwarzenberg near Hackescher Markt I saw this sticker by Mein Lieber Prost.
I spotted this ‘TANZ’ (dance) sign from a distance as I walked along Chaussestrasse and only realised as I got close that it is on the side of the Hafen Bar, somewhere I’ve been told I have to go for the Schlager (more withdrawal symptoms since Schmankerl-Hüttn closed).
The Berliner Philharmonie (Berlin Philharmonic) looks a little bit like a cross between a circus tent and an alien spaceship.
Beelitz-Heilstätten is a former tuberculosis sanatorium and German military hospital, where amongst others, Adolf Hitler convalesced after the First World War. An hour or so from central Berlin, it has been abandoned for many years and is a popular urbex destination. Most of the buildings have been secured now and this post indicates that someone is charging curious souls for entry.
I spotted this cheeky cow when I was wandering around Kreuzberg on the day I found most of the Street Art that would feature in my MTO – Photorealistic Street Art in Berlin and Finding AliCé By Accident posts.
Berlin went Bowie mad in January after he released Where Are We Now? Read more about Bowie’s Berlin in my Famous Berliners: David Bowie post.
There was plenty of snow in Berlin in January and someone built this snow princess outside the hairdresser next to my building.
It’s time for another cracking assortment of top quality Street Art seen on the walls, lamp posts and street furniture of Berlin.
I have linked to other posts where some of the artists have appeared on andBerlin before.
The London Police
The London Police is a street art collective that was formed to combine travel with art and I love this giant mural spotted in Kreuzberg while I was tracking down pieces for my MTO post.
Colourful and surreal, Robi The Dog‘s paste-ups have added something a little bit different to Berlin’s street art scene.
I love the placement of this 02:53 street art on the side of a clothes bank near the Mauerpark.
Rylsee x Sophie LeMeillour
This giant robot on the side of Urban Spree was a collaboration between Swiss street artist Rylsee and French visual artist Sophie LeMeillour. The mural was created for New Year’s Eve and LeMeillour animated the eye by projecting onto it.
El Bocho is a firm favourite and I’m always amazed at just how much work he gets up in Berlin.
Remembered now for his appropriation of a Barack Obama image, Shepard Fairey is most well known in street art circles for his Obey The Giant art, a progression of this André The Giant campaign.
LNY (an abbreviation of Lunar New Year) is from Ecuador and living in Newark. You can see more work on the artist’s website.
Thanks to Berlin Street View for giving me the artist’s name.
If anyone knows who is responsible for this last piece please leave a comment so that I can give the proper credit.
When I found out Alice Pasquini aka AliCé would be visiting Berlin in December I was excited and disappointed at the same time.
I was excited because AliCé is one of my favourite Street Artists and disappointed because I knew I would only have a few days to find her work before flying to Cardiff for Christmas.
As it happens, I managed to find 8 of the 13 pieces she left on Berlin’s streets during her visit before I left, which I posted here.
It wasn’t until last Sunday when I was walking around Kreuzberg hunting out some old MTO pieces for my MTO: Photorealistic Street Art in Berlin post that I found the remaining 5 by accident.
Sometimes things just go your way.
For me, these are some of the sweetest pieces of Street Art that AliCé has painted in Berlin.
MTO is a French born-Berlin based Street Artist who produces incredible large-scale photorealistic pieces. Seeing his work on closed shop shutters makes getting up early to wander the streets of Kreuzberg worthwhile.
This Spike LEE in Görlitzer Park is remarkably intact for its age.
MTO painted a series of portraits of ‘Berlin Street Fighters’ – artists and activists that included the top photo of PROST.
His series ‘Oldies But Goodies’ included this now slightly worse for wear (not unlike the man himself) Bob Dylan.
I’ve also seen a great Michael Jackson piece in the RAW Tempel, which I’m convinced I have photos of but can’t find. If I dig them out I’ll post them here and if they’re lost, I’ll take some more.
**Update** I couldn’t find the photos so I’ve been back to take more photos. Unfortunately, Michael Jackson is now smoking a spliff (not part of the original MTO piece).
You can see the artist at work on a couple of pieces in Rennes in the video Who Wants To Kill MTO?, which he posted to Vimeo.
Who Wants To Kill MTO?
Like most Street Artists, MTO is no stranger to controversy but the furore over the Fast Life mural he painted in Sarasota, Florida probably came as a surprise.
The piece came under fire over what some believed to be gang symbolism and was eventually whitewashed. MTO then returned to Sarasota to paint a new mural that many believe was a dig at Scott Gerber, the owner of Tube Dude, the shop on which the original mural was painted.