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Robert Montgomery – Echoes of Voices in the High Towers Part 2

Echoes of Voices in the High Towers - Robert Montgomery at the Echoes of Voices in the High Towers show at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Robert Montgomery’s billboard installations for his Echoes of Voices in the High Towers exhibition have to be one of the more unique Street Art styles that I have seen in my time in Berlin.

Ironically, Robert Montgomery is British but it wasn’t until I came to Berlin that I got to see any of his work.

I first saw his billboards and light installations in Berlin in the summer and then read about a show at Stattbad Wedding and more billboards in the pipeline on the Neue Berliner Räume website.

I went to Stattbad Wedding a couple of weeks ago to see the show there.  Here are a few of the pieces.

One Of Those Dreams - Robert Montgomery Sign at the Echoes of Voices in the High Towers show at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

it's You With Your Hands Upside Down - Robert Montgomery at the Echoes of Voices in the High Towers show at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

All Palaces Are Temporary Palaces - Robert Montgomery light installation at the Echoes of Voices in the High Towers show at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see all 20 billboards that accompanied the show but here are the ones I did see.  There were 4 on Yorckstrasse, which I saw on the way to Viktoriapark with Luci of In a Berlin Minute, who was shooting a video there.

It's You With Your Hands Upside Down - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Yorckstrasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

A Smile Folded Inside - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Yorckstrasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

All The Houses I've Lived In - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Yorckstrasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

All The Songs I Sent You - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Yorckstrasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

Another 3 on Görlitzer Strasse, which runs alongside Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg.

Digital>> The Way You Actually See Things - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Görlitzer Strasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

Looking Back - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Görlitzer Strasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

he City Has A Brown Sky - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Görlitzer Strasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

And finally, 1 on Kreuzbergstrasse.

Here Comes What You Get For Your Easy Friendships - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Kreuzbergstrasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

Whilst I enjoyed the Echoes of Voices in the High Towers show at Stattbad Wedding, for me, Robert Montgomery’s work is at its best out on the streets.  My personal highlight was seeing the light installations at Tempelhofer Park at dusk.

Robert Montgomery – Echoes of Voices in the High Towers

Echoes of voices in the high towers – a light installation by Robert Montgomery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

Robert Montgomery’s poems, displayed on billboards, appear in the urban environment and therefore must surely constitute Street Art but they are so different from the most popular forms of the genre that they really stand out.

When I read a blog post on Little Thoughts about a number of his works on display in the grounds of the former Tempelhof Airport I had to check them out.

So last Friday I walked along Columbiadamm from Platz der Luftbrücke and took photos of the billboards.

In this brief half life spring – a billboard installation by Robert Montgomery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

All our splendid monuments – a billboard installation by Robert Montgomery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

Echoes of voices in the high towers – a billboard installation by Robert Montgomery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

When I realised that the poems on the reverse of the baseball scoreboards were written in LEDs I briefly debated waiting at the Tempelhofer Freiheit until nightfall.

I had a beer at the Biergarten nearby and enjoyed some summer sun and decided it was better to go home for a while and return later.

All our splendid monuments – a light installation by Robert Montgomery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

I think it was well worth making the trip twice.

Presented by Neue Berliner Räume, as well as the installations at Tempelhof, there are 20 other billboards across Berlin and a Robert Montgomery exhibition at Stattbad Wedding from 15 September to 13 October.