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Berlin to go, english edition, 02/2018


BERLIN GOES BECAUSE IT’S IN BERLIN Berlin lives and loves freedom! – This sentence uttered by Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller summed it up concisely. If one had to choose only one characteristic to describe Berlin, it would be freedom. This is why be Berlin and Berlin Art Bang e.V. got together with the architects at GRAFT to conceive an installation celebrating freedom. Right in the middle of the city! The large-scale letters form a type of temporary monument, with each of the letters designed by artists from all over the world. The installation will be in place until 4 August at Berlin‘s Hauptbahnhof train station. #FreiheitBerlin also serves as a monument to urban art in Berlin. The creative minds at Berlin Art Bang e. V. / Die Dixons are the ones behind the implementation of the installation. The Berlin Art Bang association was most recently responsible for those huge lineups of Berliners waiting to see the series of exciting spaces created by international street artists in a soon-to-be-demolished office building in Wilmersdorf known as “The Haus.” The project caused a worldwide stir Photo: be Berlin / Berlin Partner last year, and this year, they once again transformed Berlin into an open-air gallery with the BERLIN MURAL FEST from 18-21 May. Under the motto “Nackenstarre garantiert” (Stiff Neck Guaranteed), Berliners were encouraged to look up at the more than 30 building and house walls that had been decorated with urban art paintings by local and international artists specifically for that purpose. In March 2018, be Berlin got together with Berlin Art Bang e.V. to call on artists worldwide to submit designs for the individual letters, each focusing on the theme of freedom. More than 800 design proposals were submitted. The following artists joined to fill the white letters in the word F-R-E-I- H-E-I-T (freedom) with life: Die Dixons, Klebebande, Gogoplata, AKTEone & Cren, El Bocho, Notes of Berlin, CASE Maclaim, Amigo and Daniela Uhlig & Stereoheat. Each street artist brought his or her own idea of what constitutes freedom to the realization of the project. The creative minds behind the design of the word B-E-R-L-I-N came from all over the world. For example, one suggestion came from Zofia Hanna Bogucka from Berlin. Her design thematizes democratic freedom of opinion as well as our personal freedom to be able to express feelings and emotions. The Berliner Morgenpost newspaper took over the sponsorship for the letter “B” and chose the Evangelischer Kirchenkreis Tempelhof-Schöneberg as the winner from among many submissions. The idea submitted by this protestant organization was implemented by 19-year-old artist Emma von Helden. In terms of the design of the letter, it was important to the Kirchenkreis that they portray the spirit and approach to life that their members feel every day in Berlin. They used the Brandenburg Gate as their motif, which symbolizes the city and holds balloons of glass. The balloons represent different religious and philosophical communities in Berlin. It’s an impressive example of lived diversity in a global metropolis. For more information, visit 26 27

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