Graffiti Art exhibition - Berlin 2017

 

Once driving through East Berlin we passed by the ruins of an abandoned industrial site. The big, red bricked tower which looked so imposant that we had to stop. On the rusting entrance sign was written in bleached out letters: "VEB Bärenquell".

When in the inside the buildings didn't look like a typical abandoned space. The big pine on the court was already seven m tall. But there were no signs of human oblivion, at all. Graffitis were painted on every wall - outside and inside the buildings. The whole site appeared to be more like an art gallery than a (typical) vandalized lost place. Somehow there also was this atmosphere of concentration and cleanliness - the atmosphere of a museum. And somehow it was an "art gallery"; free to enter for everyone how was sportive enough to climb over the three meter tall wall.

For safety reasons wood, insulating material and all other combustible stuff was piled up in the courtyard. Sharp metal sheets and window glass had been compiled on separat heaps. Inside the "gallery" there was nothing but blank walls and empty floors. In some rooms not a single piece of broken glass could be found on the floor.

The property is still secured with razor wire and new fences and there are newly installed fire distinguishers.