"It happened in November" by Iranian born artist Kani Alavi - (Founder and President of the Künstlerinitiative, East Side Gallery in Berlin).
No: 79 of 105.
The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It is a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin wall located along the banks of the Spree river, near the centre of Berlin, on Mühlenstraße, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, near the Ostbahnhof (east train station).
The Gallery features works by an international group of artists, who expressed their reactions to the events of November 9, 1989.
Two-thirds of the paintings were badly damaged by erosion, graffiti, and vandalism, and were hardly recognisable. The remaining one-third had been restored by a non-profit organization, which started work in 2000. The objective of this organization was the eventual restoration and preservation of all the paintings.
In July 2006, a 40 metre long segment of the gallery was removed, to create access to the River Spree from the nearby O2 World. The segment has been relocated parallel to the rest of the wall, just a little further to the west.
The 2.2 million Euro project was funded by the EU, state lottery money, and German local and federal agencies. The cost was almost evenly divided between paying for the artwork, and repairs to the wall itself. Unlike the partial 2000 restoration, this one aimed to restore all 105 artworks along the full length section of the Berlin wall.
This picture was taken before the clean up process went ahead, and by looking at the sanitised version, i feel this image has more character.
Taken on February/March 2006.
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