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 built in Berlin.
Suppose 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 neighbourhoods in need of positive light and something to fill the area’s people 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 will start with the giant blue starling mural by Super A and Collin van der Sluijs. These artists from the 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 fully. The closer you can get, the better. So, take your bike there soon!
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.
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.