There are plenty of Mural street art tours in Berlin nowadays. After a decade of living here, I have become almost blind to the colorful graffitis that decorate the streets, but I’m fascinated by the reactions people have of them. In many cities, murals aren’t as common as in Berlin. These artworks are usually huge and have the power to transform a bleak neighborhood into something youthful and interesting.
One reason for why street art murals have become so popular in Berlin are the Brandwände (fire protection walls). They are a typical sight in the city: brick, windowless walls that prevent the spread of fire. Their clean slate attract many artists from all over the world to come and make their mark.
Next to many of commissioned artworks on walls in Mitte, Kreuzberg (especially around Kottbusser Tor & Schlesisches Tor) established itself with many attractive productions from well known international artists such as BLU, OsGemeos, The London Police, ROA and others.
Creating a massive artwork like that is always special for the artists. A mural of such a size is usually reserved for walls in abandoned factories and rarely expected in a lively neighborhood. But then again, this is Berlin – everything (or most everything) goes. Street art enthusiasts consider them urban landmarks, more so than any historical sites. I can relate to that notion: it’s a modern way of creating art and reclaiming public space.