Monday, November 16, 2009

Artistic expression and the Berlin Wall

The resulting colorful expressions on the West side of the wall were in sharp contrast to the East’s sterile ramparts and came to symbolize the differences of the separate societies.

Berlin Wall Art: The Wall Before the Fall presents Edward Murray's photographic documentation of the Berlin Wall in May of 1989 - the scribbles, scrawls, graffiti, and art plastered all over the western side of the wall, an outpouring of free expression and a visual protest against totalitarian oppression.

Some examples:

The heads of monarchs

Silhouette throwing a bomb

Sinister canine joker

Rhino smashing through

Pasty faces and a pointing hand

SOS for the Baltic states