Monday, December 27, 2010

1972: Real Berlin

Kids at the Wall
© Picture Alliance/DPA

Brandenburg Gate
By JPhilippe17 @ Flickr

East Berlin
by Sibylle Bergemann

LOWA Trolleybus

Television Tower

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Towers of Horror

‎ ugly structure, resembling an oversized automatic pencil, towering over London. Another tower, no less ugly, black and angular, is climbing to the Paris skies, not far from the Gare Montparnasse. And a third one in Warsaw - not so tall but so grotesque, with baroque ornaments and enormous spire, probably some government office. A page or two, and I'm in Berlin, looking at Brandenburg Gate. The gate is here, like on any other day, but... no Adlon, no Palais Blucher, nothing - and in the background, the Reichstag without its dome! This artist must be crazy. No wonder there's no Royal Palace in his Berlin. Who needs to search for Potsdamerplatz when everything, absolutely everything is wrong. And the peak of insanity is certainly near Alexanderplatz, where a silver needle is growing out of rubble, punching a crystal ball eight hundred feet above the ground.
Berlin TV tower
January 19, 1972
Photographer: Horst Sturm

Well, what has he done to my hometown? Not bad - just the Southern Railway Station is missing and the Radio Building (so many years there ...probably too much) is guarded by two shining cubes.
- Maybe you will be so kind to explain all this insanity?

Photo: Bundesarchiv