Berlin’s Freedom Park

Dave the Chimp (photo by Luna Park)

My job unexpectedly took me back to Berlin for a second visit this year and I arrived just in time to experience a flurry of activities in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall being built. I had in fact just gotten off an overnight flight from New York and blearily made my way into the U-Bahn when the transit system ground to a halt at exactly noon on Saturday, August 13th and the entire city paused in remembrance.

A little over a week later at a location alongside the eastern bank of the river Spree, I came across a far more tangible memorial. TheĀ Freedom Park exhibition features numerous original segments of the Wall, painted by Nunca, Miss Van, Superblast, McBess, Funny Fun, Low Bros, Dave the Chimp, Kouka, Kiddy Citny, Thierry Noir, Chor Boogie, Erika Eiffel, Pius Portmann, Ezra 1, Mij.k.d0 and Jakob Wagner.

Miss Van (photo by Luna Park)
Miss Van (photo by Luna Park)
Nunca (photo by Luna Park)
Thierry Noir (photo by Luna Park)
Chor Boogie (photo by Luna Park)
McBess (photo by Luna Park)
? X Kouka (photo by Luna Park)
Lowbros et al
Superplan (photo by Luna Park)

If you can help clear up any of the artist attributions, please leave a comment. I’ll be posting more favorites from Berlin in the coming days.

Blast From the Past: Miss Van

If I were to draw up a list of artists who I would like to see return to New York – be it to paint the streets or to put on a proper gallery show – Miss Van would certainly be near the top of the list.

Here is one of her wonderful doe-girls, which I caught on the side of a concrete pipe back in September 2005:


Lucky Londoners will be treated to a full-scale Miss Van solo show at StolenSpace this October, so I guess that means New York will have to wait…