When I first came across a statue of a punk on a roundabout in Kreuzberg I was sure it was one of a kind. But when I posted about it, two of my Twitter followers, Christophe Robin and sprng got in touch to say that there are similar statues outside the Bürgeramt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.
The three bronze sculptures on the corner of Hohenzollerndamm and Brienner Strasse are by the same artist – Ludmila Seefried-Matejková.
Schlafende (Sleeping – pictured above) is a punk girl lying with her head resting on her outstretched arm, her jacket pulled up to hide her face – is she upset? Is she hungover? Or is she merely being practical and blocking out the sun so she can get some sleep?
Walkman is a casting of the same statue that I found in Kreuzberg – a punk with a green T-shirt looking proud or possibly defiant.
The third sculpture, closest to the Bürgeramt, is the most puzzling. The title Gedanken eines Mimen (Thoughts of a mime) suggests the man is a mime artist but his bare chest and tight cap made me think of a swimmer when I first saw him.
Berlin is a city of surprises and is littered with public art – who knows, there may even be more punks somewhere else.
A punk statue (complete with spray paint) by Ludmila Seefried-Matejková (1985), part of a larger work, on a roundabout in Kreuzberg celebrates the Berlin district’s alternative roots.
This statue of a golden stag by the sculptor August Gaul sits atop a column in the centre of the Hirschbrunnen (stag fountain) in Rudolph-Wilde-Park, previously known as Stadtpark Schöneberg, opposite Rathaus Schöneberg (Schöneberg Town Hall).
The fountain was erected in 1912 and the stag is the emblem of the Berlin district of Schöneberg.
The sun was shining on Berlin yesterday and despite a slight drop in the temperature I still thought it was a perfect day to explore one of Berlin’s many parks.
I have passed Volkspark Friedrichshain on the tram a number of times and spotted joggers making their way into, around or out of it but yesterday was my first visit.
The fist thing I noticed as I walked into the park from Danziger Strasse was the Slackline. At first, I thought it was a Zip Wire and images of the assault course on the Krypton Factor (a UK TV programme) filled my head but as I got closer a figure leapt on to the wire and arms out wide for balance started to make steady progress along the line between two trees.
As I had seen before there were still plenty of people out for a run but there were also others relaxing on the grass enjoying a beer or Club-Mate, a couple strumming guitars, people using the climbing rock and a roller-blader circling the paths.
The two hills in the park the Grosse Bunkerberg and the Kleine Bunkerberg were formed of the rubble of two wartime bunkers. Not that you’d know they weren’t natural features to look at them now.
Walking through the park I also saw a Beach Volleyball court, a duck pond, a Café and a whole host of statues.
I can imagine as spring turns to Summer, Volkspark Friedrichshain will be filled with Berliners soaking up the sun and making the most of this green space in the city.