Berlin has changed a lot in recent years. In fact, Berlin might actually have been the fastest changing city in the world during the last two decades. What used to be a really cool, creative place during the 90s had by now become a much too shiny and polished version of its former self. It almost seemed that Berlin had somehow lost its soul along the way, leaving me to feel like a complete stranger, every time I had the chance to visit the city that I once used to call my home.
But luckily a group of young adults had taken it upon them to help ensure that the old Berlin was not entirely forgotten. Volunteering their own personal time and dedicating their mission to the beautification of doorways, these youngsters were providing delicate works of art that visually remind of those great days gone by. These beautiful works of art were not only found on the very few original buildings, but to my big surprise also on some renovated ones. Like weeds slowly taking over a forgotten structure, this street art was also organically taking back its former property and at the same time providing visual access to the past.
In that sense these doorways of Berlin could not only be seen as simple works of art of the next upcoming generation, but also as a portal, helping to get a glimpse of the formerly wild days of Berlin. As I had been feeling quite out-of-place in this often quite sterile looking city, this doorway art was simply putting a big smile on my face. Even if Berlin had become a tame adult by now, at least its soul was still alive and it could be found somewhere between the lines of this delicate artwork in the different kinds of doorways…
Doorway Art of Renovated Buildings
Beautification of Original Buildings
Doorway Art of Commercial Buildings
What do you think about Berlin’s doorways? Are they vandalism, normal urban expressions or true works of art?