The last sunshine we had was on December 30th – but it lasted for only two hours. Since then, Berlin has seen the grey, dark and rainy winter it is notorious for. There’s no end in sight. When yesterday I was riding the bus and daydreaming about the sunshine Marcus brought with him (alas, only in pictures from far and exotic islands), I noticed a vague gleaming behind the raindrop covered window: Could that be the long awaited sun?
As it turned out, it wasn’t the miracle I hoped for but the iridescent white tarp that covered a construction site so big, its sheen was bright enough to bring some light into that grey and rainy day. It’s surface gently waved in a soft breeze that blew small ripples running from one side to the other, picking up speed and ebbing away. But it was not only an ordinary building covered in tarp, but actually the whole block where one part of the big Deutsche Bank building complex was hidden behind silvery shimmering tarp.
I was glad to have my camera with me, so I got off the bus to explore this neatly packaged building. It could’ve been Christo’s latest coup – at least that came to mind, since he and his wife once wrapped Reichstag in a feat most Berliners still remember vividly. However, in this case, construction workers did the packaging. One of them was obviously puzzled that I was taking so many photos of an ordinary tape. It must’ve seem strange to him that I could be interested in a thing so mundane such as a construction site. Whether there were any complaints, he asked. Why, no, of course not. Everything was fine for me.