Photo blog: Graffiti and street art in Berlin

Photo blog: Graffiti and street art in Berlin

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Graffiti and street art have increasingly become an integral part of Berlin's urban landscape. Artist and illustrator Michel Carloni showcases his favourites from across the German capital.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, street art has spread like wildfire across the city, sometimes covering whole facades and bringing back to life otherwise run-down, neglected buildings of the communist era.

Graffiti has existed since ancient times; the earliest forms include prehistoric cave murals depicting hunting scenes and wildlife. In Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome graffiti was carved on street walls and monuments.

In Berlin, besides the remaining section of the Wall, left as a memorial and given to artists to paint as a permanent gallery, graffiti painters have more tended to target the isolated empty facades of crumbling buildings.  

Sometimes the work is commissioned by the municipality, private shopkeepers or property owners, although, more often it is the spontaneous initiative of artists who wish to display their work in public locations to reach a larger audience.

The techniques employed are many, though spray paint and markers are the most commonly used materials. Following is a selection what I consider to be the most outstanding graffiti works to date in Berlin.

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com
Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

 

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

 

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com

Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com


Photo © Michele Carloni - www.fantisola.com



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Photo credits: Michele Carloni

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Val posted:

    on 25th October 2011, 06:01:08 - Reply

    This Berlin street art is some of the most original street art I have seen yet. The ability to create an image that appears to be three- dimensional on a flat surface such as a brick building wall, is simply phenomenal. I would really like to further explore this specific kind of street art. What specific type of street art is this? What is the technique involved in creating art pieces such as this? I am always looking for new and innovative street art that stands apart from the rest. Although street art is fascinating and unique in its own way, it is quickly becoming a very popular form of artistic expression. Artists who can create master pieces, like the ones featured on this blog, grab your attention and are better remembered. My personal favorite picture on this page is the ship on the side of a Berlin building. Aside from its three-dimensional effect and attention to detail, this ordinary building has now become memorabilia for an entire city to admire. I am featuring posts on my blog, detailing the basic essentials for aspiring street artists. I would love to feature the initial steps needed to begin creating art pieces such as these.