Artist vs. Developers: Berlin Turns from Art to Business

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Everyone who has ever visited German capital came back with photos of Branderburger Tor, Fernsehturm on Alexsandarplatz and two amazing […]

Everyone who has ever visited German capital came back with photos of Branderburger Tor, Fernsehturm on Alexsandarplatz and two amazing murals from Cuvrystrasse. Street art makes Berlin unique and interesting, and this artwork signed by BLU became the landmark of the city. Unfortunately, in the night between 10/11 of December city’s symbol was painted over with back.

The big controversy is the fact that people who did this are working with artist BLU and they claim they got his permission for it. BLU confirmed this soon on his blog : “in 2007 and 2008 i painted two walls at Cuvrystraße in Berlin (with the support of Lutz, Artitude and its volunteers). in 2014, after witnessing the changes happening in the surrounding area during the last years, we felt it was time to erase both walls.”

What statement is standing behind this decision?

The murals are situated on the river bank, right next to a big empty space where real estate companies are planning to build a new residential complex. Since the murals are so famous, it is supposed that the companies are going to earn more by selling the apartments which are on such a good place. Especially if they have a view on graffiti. In protest to this, BLU decided to remove his art.

All the media in Germany were reporting in disbelief on what happened. Action induced different reactions among public. Some people do not see the point, and moreover, think that murals could be a reason for fans of this artwork to fight with real-estate for preservation of an empty space on the river Spree (polysingularity.com/). The others are supporting it, since this is not a new thing in Berlin. In the last years coupe of cult clubs closed, as well as Tacheles-the most famous squat (despite a very successful petition for its preservation).

Is this is an announcement of a gradual transformation of Berlin into an ordinary city, a city like any other? Maybe the glass skyscrapers and banks better fit the capital of Germany?

Blu is the pseudonym of an Italian artist who doesn’t want to revel his real identity. He is coming from Italy and has been active since 1999.. His artworks sends really powerful messages and can be seen all over the world.

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