Berlin Wall: a million memories?

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Graffiti has its pros and cons but it is all perspective. Graffiti could open the door to other “crimes” such as burglary and assault. Graffiti also is expensive to clean up. Lots of people see graffiti as distasteful. It is technically destroying someone else’s property.

Graffiti is seen as a type of art to some people. Also, graffiti is a way to express oneself. Graffiti can turn a boring old brick wall into a piece of art as a result; graffiti can decorate a community in some peoples’ eyes. Some people who do graffiti are just normal people trying to make a statement. If they graffiti someone else’s property without permission, then it’s illegal. However, if the person graffiti’s their own property or they have permission then they can legally graffiti. Another pro for graffiti is that it is a form of art. As a result, graffiti is simply a way of decorating a structure. One more pro is that graffiti can display some of the most unusual and eye-popping images ever seen.

Graffiti is seen as art to some people and as vandalism to others. It is all based on perspective. The future of graffiti looks bright even with all the negative influences it has. Graffiti could be changing from a bad omen to pieces of art. The cons of graffiti have held it back but with proper use graffiti can be beautiful. However if people continue to spray graffiti on other people’s property, graffiti’s image will stay negative in some people’s views. Raising awareness of the true form of graffiti is vital in improving graffiti’s image.

Whether you see graffiti in art or art in graffiti on the final remnant of the Berlin Wall seen here near Checkpoint Charlie… do remember, it is all perspective.

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Paintings on the East Side gallery near Oberbaumbrucke, Berlin were covered with graffiti. Most of the graffiti was presence identifying whether made by an individual or a group. The attempt to imprint graffiti on the wall painted by artists around the world could have reasons. None justified. Childish, at best. Remember seeing similar graffiti on the dome of St. Paul’s, London.

Russian artist Dmitrji Vrubel has repainted his famous mural, “Bruderkiss”, in time for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The painting, showing Russian president Leonid Breshnev kissing Eric Honecker, the East German Central Committee secretary for security matters, responsible for the building of the Berlin Wall.

Vrubel’s “Bruderkiss” was painted in 1990 as a part of the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery, along with approximately 100 paintings by artists from all overthe world, painted on what remained of the east side of the Berlin Wall.The inscription above the mural is in German and Russian: “Oh Gott, laß mich diese tödliche Liebe überleben / Господи, помоги мне выжить среди этой смертельной любьви! (Oh God, help me survive this deadly love!). The painting is based on a photograph of Breshnev and Honecker kissing in 1979 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).

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The actual photograph follows

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