The Very Best Art On The Berlin Wall, According To Tourists

Visitors to Berlin show us their favourite art on the capital’s fallen wall at the East Side Gallery and tell us why it’s special.

Dana Reynolds, 27, from Melbourne, Australia, and John Linari, 23, from Seattle, United States

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Click to listen to John:

“I really like this piece because in general the Berlin Wall has so much history and social attachment to all the different conflicts that have happened in Berlin and in Germany as a whole. In most places they don’t have a wall for graffiti and someone expressing themselves. I really like this one because personally there’s so much detail, it’s very abstract, but you can see what’s going on, you see the different areas, people holding prized possessions. It catches your eye, makes you want to stare at it and take it all in.” – John Linari Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

Listen to Dana:

“I think I particularly like this piece because of the scale and the juxtaposition with the surroundings. It’s a really nice balance of chaos and simplicity – the colours are really enjoyable.” – Dana Reynolds Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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Katie, 23, from Australia

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Katie said this was her favourite because of the “colour and symmetry”.

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Gianmarco Trapani, 23, from Italy

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Listen to Gianmarco:

“I must say that this is the first time I’ve seen this – I’ve been here three or four times in this part of Berlin, and this is the first time I recognise this painting, and I like it because of the idea that someone else is pushing your thumb up. I guess it reminds me of the Soviet Union somehow. That’s why I like it.” – Gianmarco Trapani Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

Nicolò, 23, from Italy

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Listen to Nicolò:

“I like this because it looks like there is a woman trying to keep out all the armies and violence from the planet. You can see how outside this planet there is a spreading rainbow and some roots of trees, and some guys that are partying, they are happy.” – Nicolò Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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Hanneleen, 16, Laila, 16, Mieke, 17, and Jondahl, 16, from the Netherlands

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Listen to Hanneleen and her friends:

“I really like this work of art by Peter Russell because the colours are very beautiful, there’s a lot to see, it’s really full, so it catches your eye. Everything on this wall has symbolism that really speaks to me, which makes it very interesting to look at and also the way it is painted is very beautiful. It’s nice that you need to have time to look at it – you have to look longer at it to understand what it means, and what the artist means with it.” – Hanneleen and friends Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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Sillmann Helge, 44, from Germany

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“Albert Einstein is a very famous person in Germany and he’s a very intelligent guy who has always impressed me.” – Sillmann Helge

Andrew Allan, 17, from Sydney, Australia

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“This piece of art seems so incongruous with everything, because you’ve got the history of the Berlin Wall, where you’re entering either the American or Russian sector. I just love that they decide to go with the Japanese sector instead. It’s completely out of place, and for that purpose I absolutely love it. Me with my Russian hat, being in Germany, looking at the Japanese sector. I just love how it all comes together.” – Andrew Allan

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Andrew, 29, from London

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“I think this art stands out because it’s predominantly black, which the rest of them aren’t, the rest are trying to be very colourful. It’s remarkably different. The black is fitting, as the days of the Berlin Wall depict a very depressing atmosphere etc, [and] with Tokyo and New York it shows international influences in Berlin. All that combined, along with the depiction of the Berlin TV Tower and the big rotating Mercedes symbol, brings it all together quite nicely.” – Andrew

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Johnnie, 28, from Australia, and Elize, 25, from Singapore

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Listen to Johnnie:

“I like this piece because it signifies freedom, so humans are able to overcome any type of obstacle and get to the final goal, and it’s colourful.” Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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The Fernandez family, from Madrid, Spain

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Listen to the Fernandez family:

“We like this one because it’s very colourful and it’s a gloomy day, and because it reminds us of the Spanish painter Picasso.” – the Fernandez family Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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Alice, 28, and Alberto, 38, from Italy

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“We like this because the hands appear to press the wall.” – Alice.

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Chiara, 25, and Gianluca, 26, from Italy

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“I like this art because of the year 1989, which was an important year for German people, but also for me, as it’s the year I was born.” – Chiara

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Melissa Bowen, 22, from London

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Listen to Melissa:

“I like the dove because it’s on the Berlin Wall, which represents sort of the peace when it was brought down, and then you’ve got the chain instead of the branches [the dove] normally holds, which represents the breaking of the peace. It’s a bit more symbolic than just the branches.” – Melissa Bowen Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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Tom Colwill, 21, from London

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This piece of art was on an adjoining wall to the Berlin Wall that was adorned with equally impressive art. Tom enjoyed it with quiet appreciation.

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Laura, 25, from Colombia

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Listen to Laura (in Spanish):

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Listen to Laura’s friend translate her into English:

“She says that she likes the controversy of it because it reflects modern times, especially the shock, as the people are dressed like really important people from the parliament, government people, and that makes it even more of a shock.” – Laura’s friend Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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No Matter What Little Crisis Happens In Your Life, This Guy Has A Post-It Note With The Solution

Life is full of little annoyances.

Whether you need to decide if you should drink another coffee, can’t handle the anxiety that comes from waiting for a reply, or constantly forget to bring your lunch to work, Chaz Hutton has a sticky note for you.

His Instagram is full of relatable, hilarious posts about the everyday trials and tribulations we all face. Here are some of our favorites.

In case you’re wondering how to adjust your clocks on November 6, this is your answer.

A note for those nights when you need a quick dinner.

Anyone who works in a creative field can totally relate to this.

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This Artist Uses Wire To Create Incredible Drawings In The Air

By definition, sculpture is three dimensional — and by most accounts, that’s what makes it great. Looking at a free-standing work of art that’s been attended to on all sides is a wholly unique experience, and the impact of viewing sculptures often carries with it a sense of immediacy.

And that’s what makes the sculptural work of Switzerland-based artist Gavin Worth paradoxical in the best way. His wire sculptures combine the emotive nature of free-standing pieces with the intricacy of depicting human faces on a two-dimensional plane.

After working as a designer for years, Worth latched onto one mantra: “Simplify, simplify, simplify.” As he explained to My Modern Met, “You definitely can’t be self-indulgent in design. You’re forced to focus on very clear, very economical communication.”

Art is a communicative force and a matter of translation. “I could feel love more intensely than anyone has ever felt love before,” he continued, “but if I can’t communicate to someone else what that feels like, then it’s just self-indulgence.”

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While his pieces read like two-dimensional drawings that float in thin air, a simple light change adds a third dimension to the visual experience of his work.

And that’s where his stories come to life. He avoids presenting the false version of human physicality that’s become most palatable to audiences today. Instead, Worth explores the imperfections of which we’ve unfortunately grown weary.

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The idea here is to create pieces that serve as points of departure, leaving viewers with the sense that they’ve experienced a visual narrative. Just as writers put pen to paper, Gavin Worth writes stories in the ink of bent wires.

To see more of Worth’s work and learn about upcoming exhibitions, be sure to check out his website.

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Disney World Is Awesome… But It’s The Janitors There That Really Blow Me Away. WOW.

At Disney World, even the janitors are magical. As a janitor (a.k.a., a custodial guest) at Disney World, this girl gets to help keep the happiest place on earth nice and tidy. She sweeps the streets… but she can do much more than just that. She and the other members of her custodial guest team can do quite a special trick for the other guests at the park. Just give them a mop and bucket, and you’ll see.

The janitors there aren’t just janitors.

They can “paint” Disney characters using just a bucket of water and a broom or mop.

Each of them can draw about 15-20 characters.

“Sometimes for fun, we would go up against each other in “drawing battles” and let the audience decide who wins.”

Practice makes perfect! “I once visited Disneyland, and saw the local custodians doing water art and I asked if I could try. They didn’t know I was from Disney World…”

After dark, she would practice different characters.

Like Simba here!

Stitch was a frequently requested character.

As were all of the Disney classics, like Donald Duck.

Lady, her favorite character, wasn’t too popular with the younger generation.

Many janitors had their own “signature characters” that other custodians wouldn’t draw, like Mike from Monsters Inc.

Or Carl from Up.

Source: Reddit Even though many of the employees at Disney World were seasonal or temporary, they enjoyed embracing their roles there and learning as many characters to draw as they could. Hundreds of people would gather to watch them create water art… it’s an amazing part of the job! Share their unique talents with others by clicking on the button below.

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Notice Anything About The Stuff Surrounding This Girl? Enter Her World And Take A Closer Look.

Redditor NicoleMary27 shared these incredibly unique photos that are the works of her friend Zoey. Zoey has an affinity for making things out of cardboard, inserting herself into amazing worlds she creates before her photographer boyfriend, David, snaps the pictures. Together they go by the name Dosshaus. Below are 8 pictures of her cardboard creations and each piece’s title name.

The writer’s room.

Coming to focus.

A pause.

After her show.

A cinema machine.

In the night theater.

The unexpected luncheon.

The artist and photographer behind this incredible cardboard world.

How awesome is that? I bet she could make a killer fort! You can find more of Zoey’s work on her DeviantArt page, her Tumblr or the couple’s own website. Source: Reddit Share this cardboard world with your friends below.

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These 9 Famous Paintings Were Re-Created Using Just Scraps Of Paper.

Artist Vik Muniz has an incredible talent. By taking printed matter like news magazines, advertising campaigns, and comic books, he can create masterpieces (literally). The Rio de Janerio and New York artist uses these raw materials to meticulously recreate some of the most famous paintings in history. He uses thousands of irregularly-sized strips of paper and assembles them into one cohesive image.

The recomposed collages look like paintings. The ripped, irregular edges almost resemble brush strokes. These finished products look almost as good as the original artworks. You need to check this out for yourself.

Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent Van Gogh.

Wanderer Above the Sea of Media by Caspar David Friedrich.

Floor scrapers by Gustave Caillebotte.

Bar at Folies Bergères by Edouard Manet.

After the Bath by Edgar Degas.

The Absinthe Drinker by Edgar Degas.

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

Summer in the City by Edward Hopper.

Siesta by Pierre Bonnard.

(H/T: My Modern Met)

Simply stunning. It’s hard enough to paint, but to imitate perfect paintings? I can’t even imagine the time that this takes.

If you were intrigued by Vik’s work, check out the other amazing materials on his website. You’re bound to find a few more paintings that will tear you to pieces.

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You’ll Never Believe What These Guys Are Doing To Make Art.

Cai Guo-Qiang is a New York-based artist who’s made some seriously hot art for his “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter” installation that’s now on display at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, China. Using gunpowder and porcelain, he creates amazing images that are unlike anything you’ve seen before. You’ve got to see what he’s able to do with these two unusual items. Check it out, you’ll be glad you gave it a shot!

This is probably more fire than you’re used to seeing at an art gallery, but if you’re overwhelmed by this, brace yourself for the rest of the pictures.

WHOA! Someone break out the marshmallows.

That’s amazing!

Okay, now everyone blow on the work so we can get that thing hung up.

These look cool, even when they’re not on fire.

Who knew fire could create such beauty?

I still think marshmallows would have been a nice touch.

Those flowers look great!

Take a look at that detail!

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If you liked this, you’ll probably love Cai Guo-Qiang‘s other projects as well.

I’m detecting a floral theme here. How can these guys make flowers seem so incredibly tough? Share their awesome work with others by clicking on the button below.

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29 Times Tumblr Told The Truth About Love

Sometimes love makes you want to sing…and sometimes it makes you want to pull the covers up over your head.

1. On the difficulty of expressing your love.

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Art by Owl Turd Comix.

2. On holding hands with the one you love.

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Art by Tiffany Ford.

3. On edible love.

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Art by Constance Lagrange.

4. On sharing a bed with the one you love.

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Art by Kelly Bastow (MOOSEKLEENEX).

5. On love between dog owners.

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Art by Gemma Correll.

6. On needing to be so much closer to the one you love.

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Art by Deep Dark Fears.

7. On unfulfilled love.

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Art by Nick Sumida.

8. On keeping the one you love healthy.

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Art by Maritsa Patrinos.

9. On seemingly impossible love.

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Art by Carolina (My Whispered Colors).

10. On never wanting to stop talking to the one you love.

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Art by Sarah Graley.

11. On protecting the one you love.

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Art by Madéleine Flores.

12. On finding your true love.

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Art by Philippa Rice.

13. On young love.

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Art by Jordan Jeffries.

14. On a mother’s love.

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Art by Kate Beaton.

15. On past love.

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Art by Lizzy Stewart.

16. On love songs.

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Art by Marloes de Vries.

17. On literary love.

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Art by Irena Freitas.

18. On the love between pet owner and pet.

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Art by Sam Spina.

19. On sacrificing yourself for the one you love.

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Art by Carolyn C. Nowak.

20. On long-lasting love.

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Art by Ruth Chan.

21. On being a book lover.

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Art by Grant Snider (Incidental Comics).

23. On the early stages of love.

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Art by Julian Callos.

24. On love changing as you get older.

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Art by Noelle Stevenson.

25. On chivalrous acts of love.

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Art by Tiffany Ford.

26. On being a part of a chain of unreciprocated love.

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Art by Anne Emond.

27. On passionate love.

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Art by Kim Roselier.

28. On love expressed through mooing.

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Art by Seo Kim.

29. On the quest for love.

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Art by Hyesu Lee.

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These Intricate Wire Tree Sculptures Are So Simple, Yet So Impressive.

England native Clive Maddison learned his way around wires as an electrician for the past 30 years. He’s learned so much that he channeled his knowledge into impressive artwork, by manipulating hard coils into smooth sculptures. Each piece begins with a single strand of wire, which he twists and transforms into detailed trees. 

Maddison never uses glue or solder while creating the trees.

He weaves them together so that they hold themselves up with their detailed design.

By the nature of their design, no tree is ever exactly like another.

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While he admits there may be similarities between works, each tree is completely unique. They’re also completely fascinating. You can find more of his amazing work on his website.

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Turns Out There’s A Much Smarter Way Of Keeping Bugs Out Of Your House. Does This Really Work?

If you want to learn everything there is to know about bugs, become an entomologist. If you want to learn maybe one cool thing about them, have some fun before you run for cover or a shoe. It probably won’t work, but it did for this guy. Worst case scenario, you waste a couple of hours having fun with a bug. What a relief it would be to cross that off the ol’ bucket list. Watch thesam101 learn a little bit about this bug and try not to get a pen and paper out the next time you see something crawling around your workspace.

Does that count as art? Because if not, I’d much rather play Tic-tac-toe. Share this post using the button below.

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