Who will visit the area around the former Berlin Wall, which divided East-Berlin from West-Berlin long time ago, will find an extraordinary new mural.
At Strelitzer Straße 18 in 10115 Berlin next to the Berlin Wall memorial there is an incredible piece of meat painted on the wall. This kind of steak is sliced by a big knife which is engraved with Berlin 1961-1989.
The historical and political message behind this design was devided by Marcus Haas, who was winning the Talenthouse mural contest „If walls could talk“.
The jury was totally with the designer that the sliced steak is a perfect metaphor for what happens to Berlin in the past, the present and will have their impacts in the future.
„If this wall at Bernauer Street could talk“, says Marcus Haas about his idea, „it would surely tell a lot about this dramatic happening to Berlin: the buiding of the Berlin Wall and the seperation of both parts of Berlin until 1989. The mural shows this kind of cut through the city and the injuries of the Berlin citizens which accompanied to that. In the texture of the meat you can see the boarders and parts of Berlin. Additionally the house where the mural is painted on also looks like it is cut. That´s why the idea of the design, the architekture and the artwork fit perfectly to eachother.“
Painted was the steak mural by Xi-Design, a Berlin based graffiti crew, who is specialized on big murals and commissions all over the world. For Jörn Reiners, one of their crew members and part of the contest jury, the spot at the former Berlin wall was also a piece he is very proud of.