This metal Gorilla sculpture is outside M.Batman Elekronik in Neukölln, Berlin. In his electronics store, Muharrem Batman, the son of a watchmaker from Istanbul, creates sculptures and clothing out of old electrical and computer components.
New pieces appear year round on the streets of Berlin but it has been noticeable that since the weather has improved more artists have been hitting the city. With lots of great Street Art from ALANIZ, ALIAS, CAZ.L and El Bocho to name a few, the problem with compiling this post wasn’t finding good work but agonizing over what to leave out.
That just means that there’s plenty in the bag for more posts though.
It’s always good to find new work by ALIAS and I love the pieces that appeared in Mitte recently.
This is the first time I’ve seen a Peter Pink piece for myself so the first time he’s appeared on andBerlin but I love the humour in his work that I’ve seen on his Facebook page and other blogs – especially his potatoes.
I used a piece by Berlin based street artist CAZ.L in my Dog Lover post and here are a couple more paste-ups spotted in the city lately. I don’t know much (read next to nothing) about the artist but check out the Facebook Page for updates.
It would seem that El Bocho favourite Little Lucy has spent the winter coming up with a business plan – she’s still finding inventive ways to kill Kitti who is now on the menu.
Robi The Dog
I don’t know if Swiss artist Robi The Dog has moved to Berlin but I’ve seen new works from him regularly since last summer.
Plenty of paste-ups by Swiss street artist .FRA have appeared on walls and doors all over Berlin lately – I’ve seen them in Mitte, Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding.
.FRA and Robi The Dog
These two Swiss guys have obviously been out pasting together and I love this combination.
Stay tuned for more great Berlin Street Art soon.
Having spent the afternoon in Neukölln the other week having a burger at Berlin Burger International and checking out the abandoned Children’s Hospital, I decided to make the most of ‘Golden Hour’ (the hour before sunset) and returned to the Parkdeck of the Neukölln Arcaden for a great free view of the Berlin skyline.
I first came to check out the Berlin skyline at night with Digital Cosmonaut back in October and have been meaning to return to the roof of the parking garage of this Neukölln shopping centre for some daylight shots since.
The Parkdeck of the Neukölln Arcaden is a great place to watch the sunset over Berlin and I will be back again in the summer with a couple of beers for a repeat performance.
Berlin Burger International (BBI) has been on my to-do list so long that I can’t even remember where I heard about it – I just remember hearing that the burgers are amazing.
I was heading to Neukölln last week to check out an abandoned Children’s Hospital and had woken up with a burger craving so I decided to make a pit stop on the way.
Berlin Burger International is on Pannierstrasse not far from the corner with Sonnenallee so an easy walk from U-Bhf Hermannplatz.
Indoor seating is at a premium at BBI and knowing this I decided to delay my visit until 3 in the afternoon in the hope that the lunchtime rush would have died down and the dinner rush not started. Well, either lots of other people had the same idea or this place is just busy all day long.
Fortunately, I went on the first sunny day in Berlin this year (an exaggeration but it feels a bit that way) and despite the cold people were sat on the benches outside eating their burgers.
I ordered a Chilli Cheesburger and Pommes (chips), grabbed a Bier from the fridge and sat down at a stool near the grill to wait for my food.
My Chilli Cheesburger came loaded with toppings and a stick thrust through the bun doing its best to stop the whole lot spilling across the plate and was a taste sensation.
There were plenty of jalapenos and they along with the chilli in the cheese gave the burger a great kick and the smoky bacon added another dimension. My one criticism would be that the sauce was a bit too BBQ like but that’s a very minor point – the Chilli Cheeseburger at Berlin Burger International is delicious.
So my advice is to get yourself down to Neukölln to try out Berlin Burger International, preferably when the sun is out and you can either sit on those benches outside or take your burger and sit near the canal.
I have added photos of the Stolpersteine I saw in Berlin over the past week to my Stolpersteine Gallery.
The Stolpersteine I saw were memorials to: Felix Mechelsohn (Adalbertstrasse 95A); Klara Jacob (Silbersteinstrasse 97).
If you’d like to know more about this very worthy project by artist Gunter Demnig that recognises the individuals who suffered at the hands of National Socialism you should read my first post about Stolpersteine.
The roof of the parking garage at the Neukölln Arcaden shopping centre may seem like an unlikely place to include in a ‘must-see Berlin‘ list but when you see the view of the Berlin skyline from there it starts to make sense.
This viewpoint features in the book ‘111 Orte in Berlin, Die Man Gesehen Haben Muss‘ (111 Places in Berlin You Have to See), an interesting book (though a struggle for me to understand with my poor German) with some unusual suggestions.
Having discovered the joys of night photography when capturing the spectacle of the Berlin Festival of Lights I jumped at the chance of a night-time photo walk with Digital Cosmonaut and suggested the Neukölln Arcaden.
I will certainly return to the roof of the Neukölln Arcaden to take more photos – it’s rare to find such a great view for free. It will be good to see how the skyline looks when the Fernsehturm isn’t lit up for the Festival of Lights and I’d also like to capture the scene in daylight.
As the title suggests, here’s another mixed bag of Street Art, with a selection of pieces by various artists seen over the last few months in Berlin. As with last week’s post, if you ‘Like’ the andBerlin Facebook Page or follow @andberlinblog on Twitter some shots may be familiar.
For ALANIZ, ALIAS and TONA, who have posts dedicated to their work already you can click on the artist’s name to view a linked post, but the pieces in this post are appearing on the blog for the first time.
Unknown Artists – If anyone has more details about these pieces please leave a comment and I’ll credit the artist.
I first became aware of ALANIZ when I saw this great paste-up in the Hof featured in my A Berlin Hof Spot post.
As I turned the corner of the stairs my eye was immediately drawn to the colours and of course the Currywurst.
I did a little bit of digging on the net in order to credit the artist when I posted the photo and found out that ALANIZ is a street artist from Argentina living in Berlin. He is eager to point out on his website that ALANIZ is his real name.
When another piece appeared in the same Hof I was hooked.
Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a fair bit of his work so it’s time to share.
I have updated my Stolpersteine Gallery, which you can find here, with pictures of the Stolpersteine I have seen in the last week.
The Stolpersteine I saw this week were laid in memory of: Elsa Guttentag, Kurt Guttentag and Erwin Buchwald (Torstrasse 126); Rolf Brandt, Oskar Kaufmann, Anna Kaufmann, Max Katz, Ilona Salzmann and Bella Niessenbaum (Dieffenbachstrasse 45); Luise Hartnack (Lenaustrasse 6).
My first post about Stolpersteine gives more background about these memorials to the victims of National Socialism created by artist Gunter Demnig.