Category Archives: VC Project: BERLIN 2011

“I’m Not Free” Kitty

Street art in a courtyard alley in the Hackescher Market of Mitte in Berlin: This black-and-white human-scale poster of an illustrated cat says “I’m not free.” The cat wears a t-shirt on which is written the name of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei, who was briefly jailed in China earlier this year.

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Humboldt Box

The Humboldt Box on Museum Island in Berlin’s Mitte. The building is an “interim” exhibition structure on the site of the future Humboldt Forum, which will be built on the same site and completed in 2019.

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Another WTF Sculpture?

Love this. Here’s another one of those sculptures that’s bound to make somebody say “WTF?” when they see it.  We stumbled upon this near the Museum for Photography and Zoo Station in Charlottenburg, in Berlin. The artwork is a powerful, mysterious and verging-on-ominous post-modern object, hinting at some dark industrial process with its pipe-like elements. Thing of beauty within the faded, conservative glamour that is heart of posh West Berlin.

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Masked Man Stencil

Stencil street art on Museum Island in Mitte, in Berlin. What’s so striking about this stencil is that it’s duplicated and the image of a masked man — reminiscent of a terrorist —  and the “A” (for “anarchy”?) is itself mysterious and discomforting.

That the image is on a government street barrier in the cultural heart of Berlin, an area with scant graffiti or street art, is a statement, perhaps. The juxtaspostion of black stencil paint and the red and white of the barrier catch the eye as if to worn the viewer.

The presence of a hardcore German football (soccer) club supporters sticker — Karlsbande Ultras — brings another element of disruption to the image and the hint of violence.

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Freedom for Ai Wei Wei Banner

In front of the Martin Gropius Bau museum in Berlin currently hangs a large red banner that says “Freiheit fur Ai Wei Wi” (Freedom for Ai Wei Wei”), the influential Chinese artist who was arrested and held by authorities for a few months earlier this year. A major exhibition of Wei Wei’s artwork is scheduled at the Gropius Bau this autumn.

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Escape

“Escape” wheat-paste street-art posting on a utility box at the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse near Wedding, near the north end of Mitte in Berlin. We’ve seen a lot of these posters around the city, sometimes with different words or phrases.

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Meta Street Art Photo

Our favorite piece of street art we’ve seen thus far in Berlin and one of the best we’ve seen all year. It’s about the context, the “meta” of it: A street art wheat-paste poster of a large-format high-res photograph of a dude in a red hoodie writing or drawing on a wall.

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True Religion Bicycle

Pictured here are True Religion’s bicycles parked in front of the denim brand’s Berlin shop on Munzstrasse in the Scheunenviertel neighborhood of Mitte.

Bikes are everywhere in Berlin. The streets are filled with cyclists and there are many bike lanes connecting neighborhoods. The city has adopted a bicycle-share system  like those pioneered in Montreal, Barcelona and elsewhere in recent years.

Some shops and hotels deploy there own albeit small branded bike-loaner systems.

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Future Chic Eyewear at Mykita

Mykita is a maker of high-quality, high-end eyewear. The company has built a much-loved brand around the design and manufacture of edgy, stylish hand-made frames that sell globally to a loyal following. (We have to admit, we are among the brand’s devotees, with a couple of pairs of Mykita glasses already to our name and, perhaps, another set.) Below are a couple of futuristic pairs of eyeglasses in the display window showcase at the beautiful flagship Mykita boutique in the Scheunenviertel neighborhood of Mitte, in Berlin.

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