Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
It is not hard to guess where the cemetery walls´ irresistible allure comes from. Ask any invisible street artist – and I dare say anyone who paints anything with a message in it on any given wall has every right to call themselves an artist – and they will probably tell you the following: the wall is there, go get.
The cemeteries between Mehringdamm, Baruther-, Zossener- and Blücherstrasse known as Friedhöfe vor dem Halleschen Tor and consisting of four cemeteries altogether are in 75% surrounded by partly plastered brick walls. The remaining 25% are the 1970s´ wall fencing on the side of Blücherstrasse, built when the original cemeteries were reduced by 5,500 m² to make space for the new Blücherstrasse connecting the crossing Zossener/Blücher with the junction of Mehringdamm/Obentrautstrasse. The re-structuring of the area began in 1968 and lasted till 1972. Before that Blücherstrasse reached Blücherplatz and Hallesches Tor, running along what is today the pavement leading towards the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek, the American Memorial Library, and part of the small park on its right side.
Rough, uneven and fancy, the cemetary wall in Blücherstrasse was not made for Art – and it ain´t Art itself either.
But luckily the street artists – often in very lucky co-operation with Time and Nature – are turning the remaining walls into small works of art. And in the hazy autumn light their beauty is irresistible, too. Have a look: