The weather wasn’t great when I took my bike from Neukölln to Reinickendorf to take picture of the Neheimer Strasse Murals but it was worth it. The cloudy sky, the trees turning orange and all the colors of those murals made the pictures great and here I’m to tell you more about street art in Berlin.
When I first thought about going all the way to Neheimer Strasse, my goal was to see a giant blue starling mural and the controversial “bloody refugee” mural. These murals are part of the One Wall Mural Project organized by the guys at Urban Nation, whose name might be familiar to you if you read our article about the street art museum they are planning in Berlin.
If you are asking yourself why there are such cool street art murals in an area of Berlin like Reinickendorf you have to understand how the One Wall Mural Project works. Their idea is to bring art and refresh neighborhoods in need of positive light and something to fill the people of the area with something cheerful. This is why you have to take the subway all the way there to see them. But, I can assure you, it is worth it.
Neheimer Strasse Murals
Now, let me talk about those huge murals. I going to start with the giant blue starling mural by Super A and Collin van der Sluijs. These artists from Netherlands teamed up earlier in 2016 to paint a phenomenal mural called Starling on the side of one of the many residential buildings in this part of Berlin.
The painting is more the 40 meters high and depicts a large blue bird whose chest is ornate with a dense patchwork of jewels and plants and seem to shine like crazy. There are so many details in this piece that you need to get closer to it to enjoy it it fully. The closer you can get the better. So, take your bike there soon!
The other mural I wanted to see was the infamous “bloody refugee” mural that was receiving some controversy over its concept. This huge mural is the work of Spanish artist Borondo and depicts a girl in a white nightgown, covered in blood from the head down. She seems of the leaning against the building on which she is drawn. There is blood on the floor and there is more to it. On the other side of the building you can see a forest with a handcuffed, naked body pierced by arrows. Yeah, this sounds as gore as the moral itself as you can see on the pictures here.
But this mural is not supposed to be the cute thing people are getting used to see in street art. This is a larger than life painted political statement that could only appear in a city like Berlin. Personally, this is my favorite mural from all the one Urban Nation did in this area close to the Tegel Lake. It is more than just something nice to look at. There is a meaning to it. There is something to makes you think and this is what art is supposed to do.
After taking pictures of everything, I decided to look in the map and see which was the way back to Neukölln by back. I took a wrong turn and then I realized that there are more murals there. On each side of these buildings, there are murals.
This is how I manage to take only one picture from the madness that is the work of How and Nosm. This is the nickname that the twin brothers Raoul and Davide Perre, from New York, use to sign their artwork. Artwork that, often, consists of only red, black and white paint as you can see on the pictures here.
Too bad I didn’t have time to take as many pictures of it as I wanted as you can see some black clouds in the back bringing rain close to me. Since I was on my bike, I just headed home. Maybe soon I will be back to see more murals.