Berlin is the capital of Germany, one of the largest cities in Europe in terms of population and cultural mix, bringing together millions of people from all over the world. It is, without a doubt, one of Europe’s cultural hotspots, brimming with history, and unusual and secret places throughout the city.
Berlin, secret places, and graffiti
As we all know, graffiti is an urban culture, independent of any institution and mainly illegal, although we have seen this situation evolve in recent years with the institutionalization of this artistic movement, especially with the opening of many galleries dedicated to graffiti, in parallel with the realization of street art murals and graffiti artists from around the world left their marks in this incredible city.
However, the heart of the energy of this illegal art movement is realized in secret places for most of the Berlin population and obviously for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to visit it every year, and is only visible to the public through videos, exhibitions and other artistic events to which the visitor can go and discover an ever more productive urban culture.
Graffiti, being by definition secret because of its practice, the graffiti artists practicing it intensively do not want to be recognized by the public other than by their name or the name of their group of artists, this practice is done in secret places in Berlin, for example, the subway tunnels in the roofs whose access is most difficult and risky, but also in the street and on the highways that border the city, using all possible supports in order to paint his name and to be known by the public and to be recognized.
A place that is no longer very secret, the “Mauerpark”
This park has been for a long time, for more than 60 years, a high place of separation between East and West Berlin. Indeed, it was a “no man’s land” between the two sectors separated by the Berlin Wall.
It was impossible to access it without risking one’s life, because of the soldiers posted there and ordered to shoot on sight every person, thirsty for freedom, trying to cross the wall to reach West Berlin. This park became mythical and was for a long time one of the most dangerous secret places in Berlin.
A few years later, this park is an important place of cultural exchange in Berlin and is not only another popular tourist attraction, but also a place where people meet and play sports with friends, skateboarding, and basketball, express themselves on the remaining part of the Berlin Wall by doing graffiti or street art, barbecues, family walks, and everything else that could not be done there for a long time and that now seems to be the most normal thing in the world to all of us.
With this in mind, we decided to offer our graffiti workshop at this long-secret place in Berlin and the separation between the German population that it represented for years. We would be happy to welcome you if you want to learn how to do your very first graffiti on a piece of history of this beautiful city of Berlin.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail, we’ll be happy to answer you very quickly.