With the huge #FREIHEITBERLIN art installation Berlin got a temporary monument for freedom – designed by the renowned GRAFT architects and with contributions from international as well as Berlin-based creatives. Together with the creators of “The Haus”, the Berlin Art Bang, we called on street artists, designers, illustrators, and artists from all over the world as well as creative Berliners to submit their design proposals for the design of a letter.
From May to August 2018, the art installation was shown outside the entrance to Berlin’s main train station on Washingtonplatz and invited all Berliners and Berlin visitors to share their freedom selfie with us under #FreiheitBerlin.
With: AMIGO, ANA TORRALBA LOYO, AKTE ONE & CREN, CASE MACLAIM, DANIELA UHLIG & STEREOHEAT, Die DIXONS, EKATERINA KOROLEVA, EL BOCHO, GOGOPLATA, KLEBEBANDE, MARCUS HAAS, NOTES OFBERLIN, TÜRKHAN EMRAH TÜMER, ZOFIA HANNA BOGUCKA
# by DIE DIXONS
A gigantic piece of raw steak cut by a knife. This mural located at Bernauer Strasse commemorates the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 which literally carved up the city and destroyed freedom.
"F" by KLEBEBANDE
The patterns in tape symbolize the individual lifestyles and paths of the people in our city. They move freely and inexorably in every direction imaginable, add layers, create new spaces, and form an exciting work of art: Berlin.
"R" by GOGOPLATA
Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters.' Rosa Luxemburg, 1918
"E" by CASE MCLAIM
The meaning of freedom of speech is illustrated through sign language.
"I" by EL BOCHO
Can the bird be considered free or not? The woman is carrying it on her shoulder, the girl is holding the key. Both look directly at the viewer as if challenging him to decide.
"H" by Notes of Berlin
Berliners love posting notes in the public cityscape! They use their city as a platform to communicate freely. The "Notes of Berlin" shown here give a deep insight into the soul of the German capital. Everyone can participate and submit their own discoveries: firstname.lastname@example.org
A crack in the wall to freedom. The depth of the crack is visible through 3D glasses.
"I" by Amigo
Music and emotions flow through the body when we dance and movement is an expression of freedom. Moments like these are represented here in calligraphy.
"T" by Daniela Uhlig & STEROHEAT
'Think what you want. Look how you want. Love who you want. ' Michael Michalsky, 2017
'Project me from what I want.' Jenny Holzer, 1982
The reflecting mirrors show Berlin as a place with real religious freedom. The city is home to 250 different faith- and values-based communities.
"E" by MARCUS HAAS
Freedom cannot be taken for granted. It's worth fighting for. The care packages dropped by the Western Allies during the Berlin Airlift 70 years ago remind us of that.
"R" by ZOFIA HANNAH BOGUCKA
"This is slavery, not to speak one's thought," Greek poet Euripides once said. The children are using this quotation to express their longing to be believe and express themselves freely.
"L" by Türkhan Emrah Tümer
Creative individuals have come together in harmony in a very confined space and respect the freedom of others.
"I" by Ana Torralba Loyo
Berlin is home to free thinkers who think outside of the box. The city's freedom is reflected in abandoned rooms and graffiti.
"N" by Ekaterina Koroleva
Berlin as a pulsating, endless playground. A free space to discover and experience new things: people, art, music, and places. Everyone’s writing their own little Berlin story in their minds.
Photo Credit: Berlin Partner/ photothek Fotograf: Marco Leitmann